Brian Bovee’s Obituary
Sept. 23, 2019

Article by Larry Lee

Beagling lost a great contributor this past week with the death of Brian Bovee. When ever you would see him at Southern Michigan he would be busy in the kitchen helping in any way he could and also in the gallery helping to shag rabbits. I bought several of his kennels from him several years ago that he had built and they were state of the art. He went out of his way loading them on a large trailer to be hauled to my place here in Burton. His good friend Lloyd Potts told me yesterday that Brian and he had fished and hunted together for years and he was always fun to be with. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s family and friends in beagling that new him so well. 

Obituary of Brian K Bovee 1944 - 2019

Adrian – Brian Keith Bovee, age 75, of Adrian, passed away on September 20, 2019, after a two-year battle with cancer.

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

Brian was employed at Citizens Gas Company/DTE Energy, retiring in July of 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. He 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. Brian enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trips to Canada and Alaska. Most recently his greatest pleasure was his “Five Star Farms.”

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

You may send condolences to the family at Also, at Brian’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.


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