Marion 'Barney' Boss, 86, passed away October 24, 2007. Preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Boss, on Oct. 21, 2002. Survived by his daughters, Melissa (Dale) Kleinert of Moscow, Idaho, and Julie (Dennis) Lockett of Pueblo; grandchildren, David Mauchley (Sara Mazzoni), Paul Kleinert, Trent (Katie) Lockett and Amy Lockett (Lucius Tacheny); great-grandchild, Sydney Lockett; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his siblings, Geraldine Rawson, Irene Brunner, Edna Tebo, Newell Boss and Warren Boss. Marion was born to Stella J. and Martin L. Boss on Aug. 22, 1921, in Quinter, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. Marion received a Doctorate degree in Business Education and was a professor in the Business Department at USC-Pueblo, retiring in 1984, after 32 years of teaching. Marion loved to sing and dance and was an active member of the Pueblo Choral Society for over 20 years. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was chairman of the Supervisory Committee at Sunwest Educational Credit Union and a former member of Kiwanis. Marion also volunteered at Cooperative Care Center. Viewing in Montgomery & Steward Chapel today from 2 to 7 p.m. The Pueblo, Colorado funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 University Circle, with the Reverend Bob Mace and Reverend Sid Skirven officiating. Graveside service, 10 a.m. Monday at Baker Township Cemetery in Quinter, Kansas. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to the Pueblo Choral Society through Montgomery & Steward. Online condolences, *******

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  1. melissa and julie, we are so sorry to
    hear of the loss of your father. we too lost my dad a few months ago, so we understand what you are
    going through. we hope that the love of your family members will get you thru this difficult time.
    with love, j and randi rosales

  2. Dr. Boss, as everyone knew him, was a dear friend of mine. Through my college days, he was my advisor, professor, and employer at SCSC. His wonderful personality and smile will be sadly missed, but very fondly remembered.

  3. Dear Melissa, Julie and families, Your father was my advisor and instructor in the early 1960’s at Southern Colorado State College. He was always kind and friendly while making sure his advisees were on the right track. Although I moved from business into high school counseling over the years, I loved seeing your father at events around town. I remember being so surprised that he could sing and dance! About a year ago, he and I shared a dance at a Pueblo Choral event. The old habit of assuming your teacher must live and breathe “school” is hard to shake sometimes. Your dad was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. Sincerely, Marilyn Lehl

  4. Julie and family, I have many great memories of your Dad. He was my professor, employer and of course my fellow employee and good friend’s Dad. What a great guy, so professional and proper. You can bet I know just how to type a proper business letter! He will certainly be missed. What a great life he had. He guided so many people to successful paths. It is certainly a time to reflect on his many achievements. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Janet and Ray Keeney

  5. This is the third time I’ve logged on trying to come with just the right thing to make you girls and your extended families feel better, when I finally realized there is NOTHING I could say right now that would do that. Just know that your families will be in our prayers.
    When our youngest daughter had decided to pursue her Masters Degree at Fort Hays State your dad was delighted she would be attending his alma mater. I told him of a scouting trip to Hays for housing and the terrible rain storm he had encountered with its’ awesome winds. He said, “That’s how you tell what season it is in Hays. If the trees are leaning in a Northerly direction it is Summer. If they are leaning South it has to be Winter. If they are simply leaning it has to be one of those other seasons.” Sage advice.

  6. We are so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. We had become very close to your father in the years since your mother passed away. Mark thought of your dad as a father figure for him and looked up to him as a mentor. Your father truly was a blessing for our family and our daughter Michala adopted him as her grandfather even though she did not get to see him as often as she would have liked she had a very special place in her heart for him. He truly meant a lot to our family and we are very sorry for your loss. We pray that God will comfort all of you during this difficult time.

  7. Dr. Boss will forever be my favorite “teacher” at SCSC/USC as well as the educator who has had the most impact in my life – I still utilize many of the useful tidbits he shared with his business students, and am eternally grateful for the lead he gave me in aquiring my first full-time job which resulted in a career I love. I always felt he was a man of honor and integrity and feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to know him. I never missed an opportunity to share that with him any time I saw him in public after his retirement. All who knew him are sure to feel a sense of loss with his passing. Written with gratitude and sincerity . . .

  8. I was a business student of your Dad’s and appreciated his advice when I was training to be a business teacher. When I received the Colorado Teacher of the Year award several years ago, he was present at my awards ceremony and told me he felt honored to attend this type of award ceremony for one of his teachers. I credit him for giving me the “teacher voice” I have to this day. I am currently a district administrator in Las Vegas, Nevada, but I was a business teacher in Pueblo for 25 years. I am truly sorry for your family’s loss and thought Dr. Boss was a great man.

  9. Our thoughts are with you the family of Marion Boss…He will missed by all.

    Sincerely Don and Jeri Minerich

  10. Julie and Melissa,Please know that we are all thinking of you in your time of loss. Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives and for allowing us to care for your wonderful father. We came to feel as if we were a part of your family. Please know all oue prayers are with you. God Bless and keep you safe. Love you both

    Sincerely, Mary, Vicki, Etha, Roxie, Gwenna, and Bev
    Sangre De Cristo Hospice House

  11. Melissa and Julie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray God will give you strength and peace during this difficult time. May the memories of your father bring you comfort.

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