Joseph P. Bugzavich, 77, of Champion, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 23, 2019 at home. He was born July 23, 1941 in Warren, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Bugzavich, and had lived in the area all his life.
A graduate of Leavittsburg High School, Joe proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. A man of many talents and a zest for life, he worked as a metallurgical lab tech for American Welding. He belonged to the Moose Lodge, the Elks Lodge, and the VFW, and enjoyed golf, fishing, boating, camping and campfires, and polka dancing. He loved children and entertained them as a magician and as Santa Claus. You could often find him watching hockey or boxing on TV, or at his granddaughters’ soccer and basketball games.
Precious memories of Joe live on with his dear wife of 57 years, Laura “Gerri” Bugzavich, whom he married November 30, 1961; two children, Thomas J. Bugzavich (Mary) of Oklahoma nd Michele L. Hill (Robert) of Champion; four grandchildren: Mollie Hershberger (Keith), Rachel Smith (Bobby), Anna Hill, and Ava Hill (Quinn Rudler); a brother, William Bugzavich (Rita) of Youngstown; many nieces, nephews and their families; and his beloved Labrador, Miya,
Preceding him in death are his parents; his stepmother, Elaine Bugzavich; a grandson, Matthew Bugzavich; and two sisters, Judy Haines and Betty “Jean” Porter.
Services are private, with his remains being laid to rest at Champion Township Cemetery with full military honors.
The family would like to thank the staff of Southern Care Hospice for their loving care and professional service.