Keith Bos

Died: February 28, 2021
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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.

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Died: February 28, 2021

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Wendy Schuldt and Family posted on 3/20/21

To my wonderful and caring Uncle, Everyone you touched, you brightened their lives; whether it be students, teachers, friends, or family. While everyone misses you, no one will ever forget you.


Steve & Barbara Brown posted on 3/16/21

I always admired Uncle Keith for his strength & intelligence balanced by compassion, gentleness & kindness. This world will miss his presence and sorely needs more people like him. He was exceptional. Barbara and I hold you in our thoughts and prayers Aunt Carol.


Pat McKinzie Lechault posted on 3/8/21

My deepest condolences to the Bos family. Keith was a pillar of the Sterling community and a brick in the foundation of Sterling High School. He was respected by everyone who knew him and every student who walked through the halls of SHS holds a special memory of him. I especially remember when he and I would be the last ones in the gym. He’d be lifting weights in the far corner of the ol’ balcony weight room and I’d be be shooting hoops alone under the light on the main floor. Back in the early 70’s long before the time women’s sports was accepted, he always took the time on his way out the door to give me, a girl, a word of encouragement. I have never forgotten him or his words. He will always be remembered by all the McKinzie's.


Howard Griswold "1972" posted on 3/7/21

Condolences to the Bos family. Mr. Bos was a good and a fair man, a good coach and role model.


Lynn Hammer posted on 3/4/21

It is so rare to find a high school Dean Of Students that is respected and admired by both teachers and students. Kieth was that personified. As a teacher, I admired the way he handled behavior situations. There were never favorites or targets. Students knew that. His legacy will live on in all of those he came in contact with. My heartfelt feelings of sympathy to his entire family.


Dale and Paula Wiersema posted on 3/4/21

Our deepest sympathy to his family. Thoughts and prayers our with you.


Dale and Paula Wiersema posted on 3/4/21

In memory of Keith Bos, Dale and Paula Wiersema lit a candle


Carol Beth Bos posted on 3/4/21

To my wonderful husband. I miss you so much❤️❣️


Cris Carter posted on 3/4/21

I am so sorry to hear the very sad news. Mr. Boss was an awesome man, that cared very much for everyone. My condolences to all of the family.


Paula venema posted on 3/3/21

We are so sorry for your loss. You and your entire family have our sympathy and prayers. Cal and Paula Venema


Dawn Abram posted on 3/3/21

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Bos. The world lost a great human.


Carol Bos posted on 3/3/21

To my very special husband-I miss u so much❤️❣️


Dorothy Koster posted on 3/3/21

So sorry to learn of Keith's passing. My sympathy to all the family, especially Audrey, my friend from grade school. Dorothy Sloot Koster


Sue Weitzel posted on 3/3/21

In memory of Keith Bos, Sue Weitzel lit a candle


Sue Weitzel posted on 3/3/21

Carol Beth So sorry to learn of Keith’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I would love to get together with you and Sue this Spring or Summer to reminisce. Love, Sue


Cara Bos Sterenberg posted on 3/3/21

In memory of Keith Bos, Cara Bos Sterenberg lit a candle


Cara Bos Sterenberg posted on 3/3/21



Jim and Vicki Olson posted on 3/3/21

So sorry to learn of Keith’s passing. He will truly be missed by his entire family but also by all the friends he made not only in Sterling but in Venice. Our families (Olson/Maple) were 65 year friends of Keith and Carol’s. We will hold great memories of all those times and give our deepest sympathies to Carol Beth, Jon, Cara and all the rest of the Bos family. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Jim and Vicki Maple Olson


Nancy Rasmussen posted on 3/3/21

I’m so sorry for your loss. I babysat often for Jon and Cara while their parents attended after football or basketball parties with my parents. I had the opportunity to speak with Keith in recent years when I was visiting my parents in Sterling. He was very proud of his children. He was a very nice man and will be missed. Nancy Olson Rasmussen


Carl Huffman posted on 3/3/21

In memory of Keith Bos, Carl Huffman lit a candle


Carl Huffman posted on 3/3/21

Keith was a friend for over 67 years. Keith touched so many lives over his years. He had a heart of Gold & would never ask for himself but he always wanted to help people. Rest in peace Keith. I will miss my old friend. Carl Huffman


Rosemary Berquist posted on 3/3/21

So sorry for your loss ! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!


Rosemary Berquist posted on 3/3/21

So sorry for your loss ! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!


Pam Hague Gary posted on 3/3/21

Condolences for the family. I remember Mr Bos as my high school Sunday school teacher. He was a great man and I always remembered him through all these years. I also babysat for his son and also was Sunday school nursery teacher for his son Jon. Great family


Ken Koch posted on 3/3/21

My most sincere condolences to the entire family, I graduated in 1983 from Sterling high school and some of who I am today is contributed to Mr. bos, he was a great man...


Karlene & Ken Abram posted on 3/3/21

We were saddened to learn of Mr. Bos’ passing. He helped make Sterling High School an awesome place. Thank you. Karlene & Ken Abram Venice, Fl


Bob and Kim Ptak posted on 3/3/21

Condolences to the Bos Family. A great friend to many educators that worked at Sterling High School. A fair and just administrator to the many students he came in contact with. Always had time to talk about Chicago sports. Will be missed by all that knew him. Bob and Kim Ptak


Fran Riney posted on 3/2/21

KB you have been special to me since I was a student at SHS. I recently learned that you were a classmate of my oldest brother, thank you for your support and devotion to the students at SHS. You have affected many people in a positive way. I’m so happy to have been a friend. My condolences to Carol, Jon and Cara and their families. RIH my friend ❤️


Tim Casey posted on 3/2/21

In memory of Keith Bos, Tim Casey lit a candle


Tim Casey posted on 3/2/21

Rest in peace, Mr. Bos. Your work here is done and will be remembered by thousands that you taught and influenced. Our deepest sympathies to your family. Tim Casey Class of 82


Cathy Adams Garland posted on 3/2/21

I just want to express my condolences to the family. Betty and I were friends when we were young. I didn't know Keith but I'm sure he was a great guy! Prayers and sympathy. Cathy Adams Garland


Natasha Harris posted on 3/2/21

Mr Bos will forever hold a special place in my heart. Not only was he there as my high school principal but also after graduation. While working for the Township in 97 he helped me get my first apartment as a single mother, and I will forever be thankful and grateful for his kindness and his warm heart. My last time seeing him was at Kroger and he told me I was looking good and I told him the same. I wish now that I had talked to you more that day, not knowing it was the last time I would see you. You will be truly missed by so many and I am so thankful that God saw fit to place you in my life when he did. Your job here is done, and you are home free, well and whole again. Please watch over us all! My condolences to the family of Mr Bos, and all who loved him.


Mike Peterson posted on 3/2/21

Mrs Bos, Jon and Cara, I’m so sorry for your loss. Great memories going all the way back to grade school! Prayers to all. Mike Peterson


Jim Wise posted on 3/2/21

The Wise family sends their sincerest condolences for the passing of Mr. Bos to the Bos family.


Beth Wicks posted on 3/2/21

I had the privilege of working with Keith for 24 years at SHS. He did keep the kids in line but also went out of his way to help them. I always admired the way he handled situations. My sincere condolences to Carol Beth and family.


Rick Stokes posted on 3/2/21

One of the best. It was always a pleasure to run into Mr. Boss somewhere. He made you feel welcome, important, respected. Will be sorely missed.


Mona- Rae Gonzalez- Mapp posted on 3/2/21

Sincerely sorry for your families loss. Mr. Bos was one individual that really pops in my memories of high school. I could always go to him for any issue. ❤️


Douglas Hartman posted on 3/2/21

So Sorry For Your Loss He Was A Wonderful Man I Had A Great Respect For Him He Treated Me Very Good And Always Was There For Me


Scott Wolfe posted on 3/2/21

I am saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time. Mr. Bos was truly an amazing person and I had the upmost respect for him. May you Rest In Peace Sir. Respectfully, Scott Wolfe “Class of 91”


Jack Clemens posted on 3/2/21

One of the good guys , a couple of years ago he told me to call him Keith , but to me he will always be Mr. Bos , Rest In Peace Mr Bos.


Sarah Willey posted on 3/2/21

My deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the family of Keith Bos. I interjected with him as a fellow educator, especially in his position at Sauk. He was a wonderful educator who will be remembered by all those he encountered. As a fellow special educator, he was a kindred spirit drawn to those who didn’t fit conventional education. He will be richly blessed and rewarded in Heaven. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lird and let perpetual light shine upon him.


Sherry Stoner posted on 3/2/21

Mr Bos was an amazing man! If it wasn't for him I wouldn't have graduated. He was the only person that believed that I could do it. I have nothing but love and respect for him. RIP MR BOS 🙏 💜


Bobbi Jo Blair posted on 3/2/21

I loved Mr. Bos, he was vice Principal at Sterling high school . When went school there 87-91. Mr. Bos was an easy man to talk to. Always had an gentleness to him. Yet he could be very Stern in the Hallways of Sterling high. He was one of my favorites ❤, never forget the impact you put in my life Principal Bos! Fly High Principal Bos, Thank you 😊 Never to be forgotten. Bobbi Jo Dean


Amy Bauer posted on 3/2/21

I am deeply sorry for the loss of such a kind and genial man. When I was a sophomore, Mr. Bos called me out of class for not dressing for PE. (I was going through a weird stage and wearing half-uniform, half-regular clothing.) I explained it to him, and he laughed and sent me back to class. He said he was really surprised, as was my class, to have to call on me. Mr. Bos lived one street from me and I was always happy to see him out and about. As for his grandchildren, I babysat some of you when you visited. You are lucky to have had such a wonderful grandpa. My heart goes out to you all.


Melissa williamson posted on 3/2/21

He was one of the coolest dean's will be very missed.


Carol Tresenriter posted on 3/2/21

So so sorry for this loss to Mrs Boss children loved ones and friends. He made a lasting impression on me during my high school years at SHS and not many did that. He was a genuine and caring educator and I appreciated him and those like him to this day <3


Michelle(Fell) Oquendo posted on 3/2/21

I remember Mr. Bos, he was always fair and reasonable. My condolences to your family 🌹


Diana Lehman posted on 3/2/21

RIP Mr. Bos! I worked in the Dean's office during my senior year. He was funny, stern when he needed to be and fair. Condolences to the family.


Elroy Wylde posted on 3/2/21

Keith was such a great educator and friend to me and so many others. He was a great husband to Carol, a great father to John and Cara, and a super grandfather! My thoughts go out to all of the family. He will be sorely missed by so many people. He touched the lives of many young people over the years as dean of students and as a coach and mentor.


Bill Astary posted on 3/2/21

Deepest sympathy for the Bos family. Mr. Bos was a gentleman and a leader. He touched the lives of many of us all over Sterling and the US, he will be greatly missed. RIP Coach.


Todd Benton posted on 3/2/21

Jon and family So sorry for your loss! I will never forget the excellent weekends on the Rock River and have the times of our lives when we were in college. Prayers for you all in this time of grief!! Todd Benton


Jean Walrath posted on 3/2/21

Keith was the kindest loving person I have ever known. Loved his family and friends always. Always was there for anyone in need. The world was a brighter place with him in it❤️


Bruce Rumbolz posted on 3/2/21

Rest in peace Mr. Boss