Robert Henry Bösl

Robert Henry Bösl

May 18th, 1947 - February 2, 2022

Robert Henry Bösl was born in Melrose Minnesota on May 18th, 1947, to Edward and Marie (Wielenberg) Bösl and passed away February 2, 2022. His life was spent in the service and care of people in his community.

He was raised on the family dairy farm near Sauk Centre along with his seven siblings where he developed his work ethic milking cows and doing chores in the morning before school. He graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1965 where he was active in wrestling, student government, and excelled in mathematics.

He served in Vietnam from 1967-1969 as an Army Air Medic. He received multiple commendations for his service, including a purple heart. He dutifully served his country and actively opposed the war after returning from service. He helped organize marches in Minnesota and participated in The Paris Peace Talks.

In 1971, he married Vickie Savage in Bloomington. In 1981, they moved to Starbuck where they raised their four children. Bob enjoyed spending time with family on the boat in the early years in Starbuck. Later when they bought land on the lake, they would spend time working on the property while still taking time to be on the lake. He enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids participate in sports. He was an avid reader, and always ready to share a joke, a story, or discuss some obscure arcana. Bob’s curiosity and wit made him a worthy debater and kept his grandkids on their toes.

In his spare time, he enjoyed playing basketball where he could be found shooting three pointers every Wednesday night into his late sixties. On one occasion, he played an entire game in specially designed cowboy boots. He enjoyed playing golf and even built a 1-hole golf course “The Topless Pines” at their home in Starbuck. He thoroughly enjoyed working outdoors and his fun was driving his tractors, cutting down trees and splitting wood.

He received his education at the University of Minnesota, earning a degree in Biometry before he went on to Medical School, earning his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1978. Bob was active on campus, serving as class officer every year. He completed his residency at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. He served as associate faculty for the Medical School for many years supporting rural medicine programs. In 2014, he was awarded The Distinguished Alumni Award. He was also an avid gopher fan.

Dr. Bösl practiced family medicine in Starbuck from 1982 until he retired in 2016. He was active with the Lions club and volunteered as medical support for Starbuck and Minnewaska sports teams for over 25 years. During his career he was active in American Academy of Family Physicians and served a term as president of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians. In 2020, he was appointed by Governor Walz to the State Advisory Council on Mental Health. Additionally, he was named the Minnesota Family Physician of the Year in 1994 and in 2013 was named Country Doctor of the Year. He was a passionate advocate for rural health care, and it was his joy to be a small-town Doctor. 

Robert is survived by Vickie Bösl (Savage) his wife of 50 years, Children Anne (Jason) Major, Andrew (Ellen) Bösl, Amber (Travis) Van Vickle, Grand Children Hayley, Hannah, and Jack Major, Nolan, and Elise Bösl, and Honora Van Vickle, Siblings Marina Bahmer (Larry Morrel), Tom (Diane) Bösl, Anita Kerfeld (Hank Stankiewicz), Jim (Diane) Bösl, Patricia (Steve) Westad, Susan Hollingsworth, John (Debi) Bösl. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Marie Bösl, son Aaron Bösl, and infant siblings Josephine and Mary Bösl.

An open-house celebration of life will be held at a date to be determined in Starbuck.

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