Keith Arlyn Bos, 82, of Sterling, IL passed away in Venice, FL on February 28, 2021 and left us to be with our Lord along with his mother, father and many great friends who departed before him. Keith was born on September 25, 1938 to Henry and Hattie Bos in Morrison, IL. He attended Sterling High School and graduated in 1956. Keith was an all-state quarterback and participated in track and field, basketball and was a member of the “S Club”. Keith then served in the Army for 2 years in Fort Riley, KS and specialized in medic training and played Army base football which then earned him a football scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University. After a brief illness he returned home and married his high school sweetheart Carol Wilkinson in 1960. Keith attended Northern Illinois University and graduated in 1962 with a degree in Special Education. Keith then went on to attend University of Illinois thru night and summer school coursework and graduated in 1968 with a Masters Degree in Education. In 1963 Keith became a Special Education teacher at Sterling High School and also coached SHS football and track and field for many years. In 1975 Keith became Assistance Vice Principal (“Dean”) at Sterling High School until 1994 at which time he received early retirement. Keith influenced the lives of many former students during this period. After his time at SHS Keith then went to work for the Sterling Township for 4 years to develop a student tutoring and meal assistance program. Keith then was employed by Sauk Valley Community College as a Student Needs Coordinator from 1998 to 2008.
Keith was passionate about his everyday running and weightlifting and those who knew him often would see him running outside north of the high school in all weather conditions even in below zero temperatures. Keith lived for his Sterling Golden Warriors and was usually present at every SHS home football game even in his most recent years. Keith will be remembered as a loving, kind, devoted, compassionate, and patient husband, father, grandfather, teacher, coach, mentor and friend. He valued friendship and family above all else and adored his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Keith is survived by his wife of 61 years Carol Bos, his son Jon (Christine) Bos of Wilmington, NC, his daughter Cara (Mark) Sterenberg of Sterling, IL, grandson Joshua Paxton of Seattle, WA, grandson Shane Sterenberg of Sterling, IL, grandson Maxwell Bos, granddaughter Zoe Bos, granddaughter Lucy Bos of Wilmington, NC, brother Gary (Marjorie) Bos of Fort Myers, FL, sister Audrey Harden, sister Betty (Larry) Pope of Sterling, IL, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations care of Sterling Schools Foundation for “In memory of Keith Bos”:
Sterling Schools Foundation
510 East Miller Road
Sterling IL 61081
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.