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Alan "Bos" Douglas Boswell, 63

Alan "Bos" Douglas Boswell, 63, of Cass Lake, died on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at his home. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Cass Lake with Rev. Anselm Thevarkunnel officiating. A wake will beg...

Alan "Bos" Douglas Boswell, 63, of Cass Lake, died on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at his home.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Cass Lake with Rev. Anselm Thevarkunnel officiating. A wake will begin at 4 p.m. today at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Cass Lake with a memorial service at 7 p.m. with Rev. George Ross officiating. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Cass Lake assisted the family with arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Cass Lake-Bena Indian Education Staff (past and present), Cass Lake-Bena LIEC, Tom Fairbanks Sr., Mike Schmid, Willard "Booger" Lausche, Pat O'Neil, Frank Bowstring, Jim Chase, Alfred "KoKo" Folstrom, John Budreau, Mike Roy, Todd Roy, Alvin Roy, Chuck Oakgrove and all his foster children, nieces, nephews and Cass Lake-Bena students.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Stangel, Kyle Fairbanks, Russell "Cheech" Goggleye, Mike Reyes, Chris Muller, Ed Fisher, David Villier Jr. and Mike White.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1943, to John and Cecilia (Blair) Boswell, in White Earth, Minn. He worked as a career development specialist at the Cass Lake-Bena High School for 18 years, retiring in December 2001 because of illness. Prior to this, he worked for the Youth Division and Housing with Leech Lake as well as with the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe as a career counselor. As a young man, he worked with the U.S. Forestry Service. He was a foster parent for many years. He served as a councilman on the City of Cass Lake. He was awarded "Outstanding Counseler of the Year" from the Minnesota Indian Education Association in 1991 and "Outstanding American Indian Elder of the Year" from MIEA in 2004. After he retired, he served on the Cass Lake-Bena Local Indian Ed Committee from 2001-present, wanting to stay involved with education and kids.

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His hobbies included hunting and fishing, watching sports, coaching, traveling, playing softball with the Old Timers, coaching Little League and Girls Softball. He loved his Cass Lake-Bena Panthers.

He is survived by his children, Alan D. (Tara) Boswell of Cass Lake, Jared Boswell of Cass Lake and Alane (Russ "Cheech") Roy of Cass Lake; siblings, Leo Blair of Cass Lake and Sharon Villier of Morris, Minn.; three grandchildren; and many foster children he helped raise.

He was preceded in death by mother; daughter, Carla; and brother, John.

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