Spencer Richard Bose
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Spencer Richard Bose, 40, of Yankton, South Dakota passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, at his home in Yankton surrounded by family after an 11 month battle with colon cancer.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00PM on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota. A prayer service will be at 7:00 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home in Yankton. A private family memorial service will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge, Nebraska at a later date.

Honorary pallbearer is Jason Sudbeck.

Spencer was born September 30, 1976, in Creighton, Nebraska to Herbert & Sharon (Rath) Bose. He grew up in Bloomfield, Columbus, and Laurel, Nebraska attending elementary school in Bloomfield & Columbus. His family moved to their farm north of Laurel in 1985 and Spencer continued with middle school and high school in Laurel. After graduating from Laurel-Concord High School in 1995 he furthered his education at the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. Later he moved to Sioux Falls where he stumbled upon one of his passions: selling cars. In 2005, he moved to Yankton and started working at Wilson Trailer Company where he quickly became supervisor. He truly loved his job building trailers and gained much respect and many friendships at the plant in those 12 years. His dream was to run the plant someday.

Spencer married the love of his life, Nicolette (Wellenstein), July 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spending time with her and their kids on the boat was his favorite summer pastime. He also had a big love for hunting, especially with his family. He treasured spending time with his dad on numerous adventures and fishing excursions. It was no secret to anyone who knew him; he had a huge love and obsession for Oklahoma Sooners football. Spencer's charisma and sense of humor will be so missed. He had the knack of telling a story in a way that would make everyone in the room laugh. And when he spoke his mind, no matter how blunt, you couldn't help but at the very least crack a smile. He was an amazing husband, father and friend. To say he will be missed doesn't seem to come close to touching it.

Spencer's life will not be defined by cancer; however his one wish and goal is to spread awareness for colon cancer screening and prevention. Colonoscopies save lives and can prevent anyone from having the rest of their life stolen from them by this ruthless disease.

Spencer is survived by his wife, Nicolette Bose, his four children, Keegin (15), Allie (13), Hunter (11), and Landry Bose (6) and their dog Buster of Yankton; His father, Herbert Bose of Laurel, NE; three sisters: Stacy (Dennis) Huizenga of Sioux Falls, SD; Heather (Randi) Miller of Sioux Falls, SD; Sheila Spahr of Hartington, NE; nephew Zach (Kyla) Spahr of Coleridge, NE; niece Erika (Richie) Spahr of Kearney, NE and nephew Dylan Knecht of Sioux Falls, SD. Spencer is also survived by his mother and father- in-law, Barb and Mike Kabeiseman of Yankton; brother in-law Vince (Molly) Wellenstein; and sister in-law Talia Wellenstein. Many aunts, uncles, and cousins from both sides of the family will also forever cherish his memory.

He was preceded in death by his mother Sharon Bose; grandparents Kenneth and Pauline Rath and grandparents Marvin and Dorothy Hartung; cousin Maggie Rath; and close friends: Kyle Neuhalfen and Brianna Knoll.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed toward the Spencer Bose Family Fund.

"A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor." -Franklin D. Roosevelt (Spencer's favorite quote)




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Spencer was a great brother, father, friend and devoted husband who will be greatly missed. I will always love you Spencer.

Heather Miller


I'm thankful for Spencer's life. I know that he brought my friend Nicolette such joy. He was a devoted father and husband. I am praying for peace and comfort for his family, friends, and loved ones.

Connie Haske-Garrison


So sorry Nicolette, and family. A lot of times I don't agree with God's reasoning, and this is one of those times. I know God has a plan that none of us understand, and we have to trust him. I also know that Spencer is with you right now at this very moment and he will be by your side till you meet again.

I don't agree with his choice of football teams, however, but that's okay, we all have our favorites. I didn't know Spencer personally but it sounds like he was an amazing man. Fly high Spencer. God Bless.

Your pre school teacher, Andrea Sudbeck

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