Deloris Boss

deloris boss
Deloris Jane (Ritchmond) Boss passed away on Friday, October 23, 2020 from complications of Alzheimer’s and COVID 19 at the Patty Elwood Center rural Cresco. There will be no visitation and a private family service and burial will take place on Thursday, October 29th. Conway-Markham Funeral Home is assisting the Boss family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Deloris was born April 15, 1931 in Cresco to Earl and Eunice (Kutzbach) Ritchmond. Deloris, the oldest of four children, grew up as a farm kid in rural Cresco, Riceville and Alta Vista. Deloris graduated as class valedictorian from Alta Vista High School in 1949. She married Paul S. Boss in Alta Vista on August 16, 1950. In 1951 they moved to Buckingham, Iowa where Paul was employed by Harry Green, “The Flying Farmer”. Their oldest, David, was born in 1953 while they lived in Buckingham. In 1955, they moved to Elma and farmed the Francis “Shorty” Meirick farm for several years until moving onto the Striech farm just south of Elma. Their son, Dan, was born in 1965, and a daughter Paula in 1969 – Paula died shortly after birth. Deloris was an active farm wife and once Dan started kindergarten she also worked in the kitchen at the Elma Public School. In 1974, they moved to New Hampton. Paul went to work at Sara Lee and Deloris worked in the kitchen at the hospital. They built a new home east of New Hampton and moved into it in July 1974. In 1985 they “retired” and moved to Bella Vista, AR to get away from the snow. Deloris worked for Cooper Homes in Bella Vista for several years scheduling folks to come see Bella Vista properties. In 2004 they moved back to New Hampton to be closer to family. Her husband Paul passed away on September 9, 2006 from injuries sustained in a fall. Deloris remained in her home until 2016 when she moved into an assisted living apartment in New Hampton. When her Alzheimer’s got worse she moved to the Patty Elwood Center in November of 2018 were she resided until her death. Deloris was known for her spotless house and her gardening - vegetables and flowers both. Before Paul passed she would can veggies, make pickles and jellies and jams from all the fruits Paul brought home – and always making cookies. She liked to travel with Paul – Hawaii, England and places in the states – visiting family. Family was important and she loved visits from her sons and their families, also visits from her siblings. Deloris is survived by her son David and his wife Kathy of New Hampton and her son Dan and his wife Billie Jo of San Antonio, TX. She is also survived by her grandchildren Justin Boss of Portland, ME; Lindsey Boss Ruch (Todd Ruch) of Harrisburg, PA; and Mitch (Emily) Boss of New Hampton; Kristopher Boss of San Antonio, TX; and Danielle (Andrew) Charba of Denver, CO and 10 great grandchildren. Also, Deloris’s siblings and their spouses: Violet (Don) Elenz of Sun City, AZ, Gene (Donna) Ritchmond of McGregor, TX and Don (Diana) RItchmond of Seattle, WA. Deloris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul and infant daughter Paula. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Patty Elwood Center for the loving care they gave Deloris for these last two years.

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  1. My prayers and sympathy go out to the Boss family at this time of sorrow. Your Mom and Dad were so helpful to our family after we lost our home in the Elna tornado and we lived in the neat little house next to them on the Streich farm and enjoyed their friendship for many tears and have a lot of special memories of them.

  2. Our sympathy to David, Dan and families. Many fond memories of Delores and Paul when they lived on the Meirick farm. May she rest in peace with other members of her family. Sincerely, Louise (Meirick) and Donn Harris

  3. All my sympathy to the Boss family. I have wonderful memories of Deloris and Paul as we were their neighbors for a short time after the tornado. Dan (Danny) became my first best friend. I never knew Deloris without a smile! Love to all the Boss family. Ann (Gansen) and Patrick Loftus

  4. As a sister I have many stories to tell. We both had to work hard on the farm when we were young. We shared many good times both in Iowa and in Arkansas. May she rest in peace. Deloris was very proud of her family.

  5. Dave, Kathy, and all family members, I am so sorry to hear of Deloris passing away, I knew her and your dad too. Know I am thinking and saying prayers for the family, but I’m betting your Mom is glad to be back with Paul. Didn’t know she was at Patty Elwood, now she is at peace, and she would want that for you too. Edna Schwickerath

  6. May her memories console you today and may they be a constant reminder of her. All our prayers to her family. Jeanne and David Roder

  7. My deepest condolences to to Delores’s family. Enjoyed both she and Paul through Trinity. Such nice people! God’s blessings to her son’s and their families.

  8. Our sympathies for your loss. Paul and Deloris were our neighbors when they lived on Hwy 24. RIP, Deloris.

  9. Boss Family, words cannot express our sorrow for your loss, but know that your family is in our thoughts and we wish you comfort in this trying time

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