Illness claims life of BossartPublished 11:04am Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Long-time WDAY-TV news anchor and summer resident of West Battle Lake Marv Bossart died Tuesday at the age of 79 after fighting Parkinson’s disease for many years.
Bossart, who worked at WDAY in Fargo from 1958 until retiring in 2000, also owned a cabin on West Battle Lake, and spent many summer weekends there with his family, according to Iris Jacobson, a long-time lake neighbor of Bossart.
Jacobson, 81, remembered many times when her children played with Bossart’s four daughters at the lake.
“He was mostly a fun person,” said Jacobson, who now lives in Fergus Falls. “He always had a big picnic on the Fourth of July.”
Bossart’s daughters, Sherry Stoa and Laurie Bossart, told the Fargo Forum how the family would drive to their cabin on Friday nights and spend the weekend together.
“When he was home, he was so committed to home,” Stoa told The Forum.
Bossart also spearheaded the creation of the West Battle Lake Association. “He approached my husband (Dean) to start it,” Iris said. “We always joked with him that he wanted to make sure we got the work done.”
Battle Lake native Kevin Wallevand, a longtime reporter at WDAY, told the Forum Bossart had a true interest in people.
“He had a great heart and he really empathized with people who were affected by our news,” Wallevand told The Forum.