Bovee, Brian

Brian Keith Bovee, 75, of Adrian, Mich., died Sept. 20, 2019, after a two-year battle with cancer.

Brian was born Sept. 14, 1944, the oldest son of Keith and Helen (Rathburn) Bovee. He graduated from Chesterfield High School in 1962. He married Janet Ellen Kafer on Sept. 26, 1964, and she survives.

Brian was employed at Citizens Gas Company/DTE Energy, retiring in July 2016 after 52 years of service. He was a licensed mechanical and electrical contractor and the mechanical and electrical Inspector for several townships and villages, retiring on July 1, 2019.

Brian was a member of the Addison Gun Club, the Detroit Beagle Club, the Southern Michigan Beagle Club, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, the Michigan Mechanical Inspectors Association, and the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and trips to Canada and Alaska. Most recently, his greatest pleasure was his “Five Star Farms.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Leanne Svoboda and Michelle (and Michael) Palpant; five grandchildren, Paige and Kaitlin Svoboda, Mason, Maxwell, and Mallory Palpant; two sisters, Carol (and Alan) Pummel and Kathy (and Dave) Selman; a brother, Forrest “Fred” (and Beverly) Bovee; a sister-in-law, Linda Bovee; two uncles, Richard Kelly and Burdette (and Diane) Bovee; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Brian was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Barry Bovee.

At Brian’s request there will be no public visitation and the family will have a private burial. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. Arrangements were made with Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.