James Barry Bosman, 70, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, near his home in Lynden after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 27, at First Christian Reformed Church, preceded by graveside committal in Monumenta Cemetery.
The oldest of five children, Jim was born on Nov. 14, 1948, to Jim and Bertha “Babe” (Scholten) Bosman of Lynden, where he worked on the family farm. He became a star shooting guard on the Lynden High School basketball team, graduating in 1967. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1970, Jim obtained a degree in biblical studies from Multnomah School of the Bible, where he met his wife of 46 years, Linda Sue (Thames) Bosman. Jim went on to complete a B.S. degree at Warner Pacific University and, called to the ministry, helped pastor a young church in Gardnerville, Nevada. He and Linda later moved to Palo Alto where he studied theology under one of the great evangelical expositors of the 20th century, Ray Stedman of Peninsula Bible Church.
Over his lifetime, Jim successfully pastored non-denominational churches from Lopez Island, Washington, to Ramona, California, always with an honest, gentle leadership that taught as much by example as by his accessible, inspiring sermons.
Jim is survived by his wife and two sons, David and Michael; siblings Jane (John) Schouten, Lynne (Gerald) Baron, Mark (Jodei) Bosman; Uncle Pete Bosman and Aunt Esther Rupke; five grandchildren; and countless cousins, nieces and nephews.
Gifts honoring Jim’s life of faithfulness may be made to First Christian Reformed Church of Lynden or Grace To You ministries.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home.