Philip H. Bozung, of Niles

Published 9:35 am Friday, June 26, 2015

Oct. 13, 1949 — June 24, 2015

Philip H. Bozung, 65, of Niles, died at 10:09 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at his home, unexpectedly but of natural causes.

Philip H. Bozung

Philip H. Bozung

He was born on Oct. 13, 1949, in Lakeview, Michigan, to Richard and Matilda (Herzog) Bozung. He was graduated from Lakeview High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing. His career began in the early years of computers, and he served as a systems analyst for many years at the offices of Gerber in Fremont, Michigan. In 1991 he came to Niles, and was employed in the offices of the Steel Warehouse Company of South Bend. More recently, he has been employed at Advance Auto Parts retail stores in Niles and Granger.

Phil was a member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Niles. He served as an elected member of the Board of Education of Brandywine Community Schools, where he also served many of the athletic department’s teams as the official timekeeper, and helped develop a portable track and field timing system that now serves competitions throughout the area. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, usually at the family farm at Lakeview, and especially when he could share those activities with his children and grandson.

On June 24, 1972 – exactly 43 years from his death – in East Detroit, Michigan, he married the former Janice E. Ream, who survives. Also surviving are their children, Thomas R. (& Tracy) Bozung of Oakwood, Ohio, and Leigh Ann Bozung of San Diego, California; grandson, Nathan H. Bozung; Phil’s sister, Susan (& Kent) Kizer of Lakeview; Janice’s sisters, Nancy (& John) Main of Clinton Township, Michigan, and Carole (& E.B.) Holschuh of Arlington, Texas; and their parents, Arthur & Betty Ream of Clinton Township; and several nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Matilda Bozung.

The funeral service for Philip Bozung will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Niles with the Rev. Carl W. Bassett officiating, assisted by the Rev. Joseph T. Liss, both of Saint Paul’s. The committal service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015, at the graveside in Cato Cemetery near Lakeview with the Rev. Liss officiating.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church, and on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. Contributions in memory of Philip Bozung may be made to Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, or to Brandywine Community Schools. Arrangements were made at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles.