Oscar W. Boswell
Oscar Wayne Boswell was born in Burlington, WA to Jessie Kinney and Oscar V. Boswell on May 17, 1921. The family had moved to Burlington from Peshastin, WA in 1917. They moved back to Peshastin in 1923, and planted a pear orchard up Anderson Canyon. Oscar was educated in Peshastin through high school. He then attended the first class at Wenatchee Valley College, which was located in the high school in Wenatchee. He was part of the first class at Wenatchee Valley College, where he earned his first college degree. After enrolling at Washington State College, Oscar joined the Army Air Force during World War II and was in the European Theatre of Operations. He served in the UK, Ireland and Germany as a Sergeant. Oscar trained as a pilot and after WWII he was stationed in Germany during the transition of the occupation of Germany. He returned to Washington State College and graduated in 1947 with a B.A. in Business Administration. While at WSC, he met and married Helen M. Smith at Pomeroy, WA in 1947. Oscar did graduate work in Economics at the University of Washington. The couple had four children, Cinda, Steve, Teresa, and Jon. He worked in the Boswell family business, specifically E & W Market. Oscar was also an orchardist at that time. He returned to college and earned a B.A. in Education from the University of Washington in 1964. Oscar taught school on Mercer Island, in Juneau, AK and in White Center in Seattle. In 1968, Oscar married Elaine Maras in Seattle. He obtained a MBA in Accounting from the University of Puget Sound. The couple resided in Seattle for a few years and then moved to Mountain Village in Alaska. Oscar and Elaine ran the trading post and thoroughly loved the Alaskan life. While in Alaska, Oscar also worked as an accountant in Anchorage. The couple moved to Kodiak and he worked for Kodiak Shrimp Trawlers. Oscar helped negotiate the U.S./Russian 200 mile fishing limit as part of the Exclusive Economic Zones Treaty of 1977. He returned to Mountain Village and was the Business Manager for the large school district in that area. Oscar was a private pilot and flew his aerobatic airplane, a Citabria, while in Alaska. He also hunted and explored the Alaskan tundra. The couple retired to Thompson Falls, MT. Oscar built his own airplane in Montana, a RV4. Oscar’s brother, Gene, died in a tractor accident in Peshastin and this brought Oscar and Elaine home to Peshastin. He then managed the orchard for Margaret Boswell, his sister-in-law. Oscar kept his RV4 at Pangborn airport and other pilots such as Arnie Clark flew the plane. Oscar and Elaine then retired to Wenatchee, where they have continued to reside until his death. Airplanes and flying were one of Oscar’s great loves, as well as the outdoors. As a young man, he boxed on the Washington State College boxing team while at college. He enjoyed ski jumping in Leavenworth and climbed in the high lakes, now known as the Enchantments. Oscar was a great craftsman and built furniture, as well as wonderful birdhouses, for family members.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; his four children; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013, at Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Chapel in Wenatchee. Burial will be held after the Service at the Peshastin Cemetery, followed by a dinner reception at Jon Boswell’s home.