RANDOLPH - Valentine "Val" Charles Bossman, 94, formerly of Main Street, Randolph, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013, in Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing in Jamestown.
He was born Feb. 14, 1919, in Springville, N.Y., the son of the late Charles G. and Mary J. Westphal Bossman.
Val was a 1939 graduate of Randolph Central School and was a veteran of World War II, serving from Aug. 4, 1941, to Oct. 1, 1944, serving with the 224th Field Artillery Battalion of the 29th Infantry Division with the United States Army serving in England, France, The Netherlands, Rhineland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.
Val was involved in the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, driving a 2-ton truck loaded with supplies and ammunition, while under heavy fire from the opposition. He received the Medallion Jubilee from France and also received U.S. commendations, notably, the American Defense Service Metal, European African Middle Eastern Service Metal with Arrowhead and the Good Conduct Medal.
He retired in 1982 from Weber Knapp in James-town, where he was a metal polisher for 28 years. In years prior, he had worked for Skinner Putnam Co. in Quaker Bridge, N.Y., Davis Furniture Factory in Randolph, Skinners garage, where he was a mechanic, and for Glenn and Eric Mighells Construction.
Val was a member and elder of the former St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Little Valley, N.Y., served as a village of Randolph councilman for 10 years, was a member of the Randolph American Legion Post 181, Randolph VFW Post 6653 and Randolph Volunteer Fire Company for 20-plus years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and hunting.
He is survived by a daughter, Judith Towers and her late husband Arnold of Randolph; four grandchildren: Debra (Daryl) Anderson, Annette (Todd) Gardner, Christine (Michael) Lippencott and Renee' (Sam) Towers-Posey; 11 great--grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Catherine "Katie" Bromley, of Jamestown.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leona Irene Drayton, whom he married on Nov. 9, 1941, in Randolph and who preceded him on June 18, 2010; brothers: Frederick and Warren Bossman; and sisters: Rose Bossman, Dorothy Pauley, Myrtle Cornelius and Marian Berg.
Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (April 20, 2013) in the Randolph Cemetery with members of the Randolph American Legion Post 181.
Visitation will not be observed. Arrangements are entrusted to the Van-Rensselaer & Son Funeral Home. To send a condolence log on to www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be sent to the Randolph EMS, (Rescue Squad) 70 Main St., Randolph, NY 14772.