Harding William Bossier, a long-time resident of Baton Rouge, died on Thursday, February 16 at the Butterfly Wing of the Baton Rouge General Hospital. Born June 20, 1920, in Abita Springs, LA, to Clara Core and William Wallace Bossier, he was 102. He was a veteran of WWII, serving as a member of the US Army Signal Corps in the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines, New Guinea, Okinawa, and Japan .
Harding was a 1938 graduate of Istrouma High and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from LSU in 1949. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Thermutis “Mickey” Bossier, his wife Eulema “Jerry” Bossier and his son-in-law Robert D. Simmons. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Leonard H. Bossier and two sisters, Wilma Blossman and Edna Ducote. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
He is also survived by four children: Julia Simmons of Simpsonville, SC, Ann Eggart (Greg) of Broussard, LA, William Bossier (Lorraine) and James Bossier (Erica), of Baton Rouge, eight grandchildren, William Simmons, Morristown, NJ; John Simmons, Simpsonville, SC; Matthew Bossier, Allen, TX; Ryan Bossier, Gonzales;. Emily Fruithandler, Metairie; Ben Eggart, Broussard; Mary Katherine and David Bossier, Baton Rouge and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be in the chapel at Resthaven Funeral Home from 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 20th. Services will follow at 11:00 a.m., conducted by the Reverend William Crowe of Trinity Lutheran Church, with burial in the Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Carol Breen, his caregiver, for the love and care she has given to their father over the last seven years. Special thanks go to Myra Graham, Kristy Mays, Dianne Page and Annette Williams, as well as the staff of Williamsburg Senior Living .
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, 7200 Desiard St., Monroe, LA 71203 (www.lbch.org) or to Trinity Lutheran Church, 15160 S. Harrell’s Ferry Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816 (www.tlcbr.org).