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Brett Boss

November 30, 1983 — February 5, 2022

Albert Lea

Brett Thomas Boss, age 38 of Albert Lea, passed away on February 5, 2022.

Brett was born on November 30, 1983, to Karen (Watkins) Boss in Fargo, ND and later adopted by Todd Boss in 1992. During his high school years, he was involved in Fire Explorers which is where his passion for service began and blossomed throughout his life.  He graduated from Albert Lea high school in 2002. Brett and Danielle united in marriage on October 18th, 2006 in Albert Lea.

Brett was heavily involved with the Albert Lea Fire Department.  To say that he loved being a firefighter was an understatement and he showed that every day through his devotion to his department and crew.  He was involved in everything firefighting by going to trainings, participating in firefighter combat challenges and Fight for Air Climb events.  Following his diagnosis he became a strong advocate for cancer prevention for firefighters locally, and in the state of Minnesota.

Along with his role as part of the Albert Lea Fire Department crew he was also an instructor for the Live Strong program at the Y, was an EMT, a Hazmat Technician, fire investigator and firefighter instructor at Riverland Community College.

Brett liked to stay physically active and participated in half marathons, tough mudders and many other events.

Brett treasured his family.  He loved camping and fishing with them.  He loved cheering on his kids in every sport they were involved in and made every moment count.

Brett was a soft spoken, humble man and caring towards everyone that he met.  He was the biggest fighter with the most positive attitude all the time and showed passion towards all of his work, family and coworkers.  The impact he has made on his community can never be measured and will never be forgotten.

Brett is survived by his wife, Danielle; children, Jaelyn and Aiden; parents, Karen Boss of Hollandale, and Todd Boss of Fargo, ND; sister, Nicole Boss of Fargo, ND; grandma, Joyce Boss of Fargo, ND; mother and father in law's, Wayne (Shirley) Rankin of Lake Mills, IA and Julia (Duane) Scherff of Hayward, MN;  sister and brother in law's, Melissa (George) Leistikow of North Branch, MN, Ashley (Brett) Haase of Albert Lea, MN, Matthew (Amber) Rankin of Albert Lea, MN, Andrew (Amanda) Loucks of Lakota, IA and Sam Loucks of Lakota, IA; aunts and uncles, Lesley (Rick) Meyer of Fargo, ND, Brett (Dawn) Boss of Fresno, CA, Lynn Boss Rogers of Dillworth, MN, David (Alessandra) Warm of Boyton Beach, FL and Jeannie Watkins of Valley City, ND; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by grandpa, Dale Boss, grandpa, Arthur Watkins and uncles, Christopher and Michael Watkins.

Visitation 4-7pm, Friday, February 11, 2022, at Crossroads Church, Albert Lea, MN. Memorial Service 3pm, Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Crossroads Church, Albert Lea, MN with visitation beginning at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Brett’s family are preferred.  Every memorial will go towards Jaelyn and Aiden’s college fund.

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Friday, February 11, 2022

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Saturday, February 12, 2022

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