Louis F. Boness IV, 71, of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly on January 1, 2021 at his home in Rochester.
Louis was born November 9, 1949 in Chicago, IL to Louis F. and Eleanor (Busse) Boness III. He graduated from Valparaiso High School in Indiana and went on to obtain his bachelor degree in math and economics from Winona State University in 1975. On November 29, 1975 in Eau Claire, WI, Louis married Jeannie Mason. Louis worked for International Transport in Rochester for several years before going to work in logistics at IBM, where he would retire from after 30 years of service. He had a passion for rock collecting, and collected rocks from all over the world, he was a true rock hound. Louis loved traveling to Colorado, visiting and photographing his favorite place, Rocky Mountain National Park. He enjoyed rollercoasters, cooking, 70's and 80's music and his dogs, Roxy and Bundy. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching and reciting sports trivia to anyone who would listen. Louis loved to follow the weather, had a dream of being a storm chaser and was known to his family as Doppler IV. He lived to make people laugh in person or on social media. Louis would light up whenever his grandchildren were around. He was very proud of his family and had a heart of gold.
Louis is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Jeannie; sons, Louis (Erica) Boness V of Rochester, Mike (Breanne) Boness of Brooklyn Center; grandchildren, Frederick, Jenna, Charlie, Maddie, Hannah, Jackson and Caleb; sister, Nancy (Mark) Blume of Rochester and a host of other family and friends. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Eleanor and by his sister, Leslie.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until time of the service. The Rev. Nathaniel Schwartz will be officiating with inurnment at Oakwood Cemetery. The service will be livestreamed on the Ranfranz and Vine Facebook page. Due to Covid-19, masks and social distancing will be observed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to family for a future charitable contribution.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Boness family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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Jeannie and family, my heart goes out to you for the loss of Lou. I watched your beautiful video tribute and he was certainly a man well loved. May God bring you peace and comfort. May your memories of him live on in all of you. Love, Paulette
Jeanne, Louie, Mike and family - I was shocked and saddened to hear of Lou’s passing. He was always Gentle Giant, and avid sports fan, friend to many and loved his family deeply. He will be missed tremendously! Our prayers are with you in this time of grief!
My sincere condolences to you and your family, Jeanne. My thoughts and prayers are with you hope you may find comfort in your memories of your husband.
Lowell C. Dale, MD
Louie always made me smile. He was an avid sports fan. What a great family. Lou will be missed by many. I will pray for the families healing during this hard time.
We are so sad to hear of Lou's passing. Lou was a kind, funny and thoughtful man. He and Jeanne raised two wonderful sons with lots of love, support and humor.
We had so much fun at ST. Pius and Lourdes sporting events over many years. Thank you Lou and family for the great memories in our heads and heart. Prayers.
I'm sorry for your loss. What an amazing family! I've missed you all since your mother Eleonore passing.
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