Dallas Overton Bossort
Dallas Overton Bossort, 83, died July 21, 2009, at his son's home in Bismarck, N.D.
He was born Dec. 25, 1925, to Lucien and Ester Bossort, on the small family farm near Table Grove. He married Margaret Anne Elmore in 1948. After Margaret's death in 1975, he married Thelma Chenoweth Hammond in 1978. They divorced in 2007.
Surviving are three children, Kathleen Bossort, Delta, British Columbia, Patricia (Peter) Van de Velden, Sacremento, Calif., and Dr. Bradley (Janet) Bossort, Bismarck, ND., two grandchildren, Dallas Michael Bossort and Rebecca Bossort, one sister, Irene Moon, and two nephews, Kevin and Greg Moon, Adair.
He graduated from Table Grove High School in 1943. He was inducted into the Air Force in January 1944 and served during WWII in Alaska as a cryptographer. He returned to Monmouth College to finish his bachelor's degree in geology.
In 1950, freshly graduated from Iowa State University with a master's degree in geology, Dallas began his career in Calgary, Alberta. He started with Texaco and then Stratigrapic Services, with a brief stint with Shell in Caspar, Wyo., from 1955-56, before joining Woodley Canadian Petroleums as exploration manager in 1957.
Woodley merged with Pure Oil, which merged with Union Oil of Canada, and having had it with mergers, he elected to work independently, negotiating a retainer contract with J. R. Parten of Houston, Texas. The years 1966 to 1975 were productive, highlighted by the discovery of the East Dollard Oilfield in Saskatchewan. He had clients with interests in 75 wells of which he operated 65.
In 1975, prompted by changes in Canada's policies toward independent oil operations, he moved to Billings, Mont., for new opportunities, while still supervising operations in the East Dollard Oilfield and completing two gas wells and a pipeline in the Sibbald Bakken in Alberta.
As if it weren't cold enough in western Canada, Dallas spent the winter months of 1976 to 1979 as a consultant on Alaska's North Clope at Prudhow Bay Drilling operations.
He moved to Midland, Texas, where he retired in 1986. He then moved to Ellisville to be near to his farms there and to his mother, whose health was failing. From 1994 to 2007 he lived in the Oak Creek Valley near Sodona, Ariz.
The last decade of his life, he spent writing books - family histories and biographical accounts - that were greatly appreciated by family and friends. He completed his fourth and longest work, "Merger," about two weeks before he died.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 19, 2009, at Harris Cemetery, Table Grove, followed by a meal and gathering at the American Legion in Table Grove,for a celebration of his life.
His family held a private service in Bismarck prior to his cremation.
Memorials may be made to the Table Grove American Legion.