The Obit For Jerry Bocian

Gerald F. Bocian

Published in Chicago Tribune on December 3, 2011

Gerald F. Bocian, age "I'm 86 today", passed away in Muskegon, Wednesday evening following a long illness. He was born on July 12, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Frank and Berenice (Koch) Bocian.

Jerry was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, serving aboard the USS Silversides. Following the war, he played professional baseball with minor league teams associated with the New York Yankees.

Jerry was a pilot, an avid bowler, traveler and golfer. He was a life member of VFW Post 3195 and the Knights of Columbus Council 706. Most of his adult working life was spent in the interstate trucking industry; he was co-owner of the Chicago-Miami Terminals.

He married the former Kay Homoly in Muskegon on May 29, 1993.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Kay; eight children, Christine (Marvin) Lanzel, Paul Bocian, Donna Saculla (Mark Dahme), Garry Bocian, Janine (Thomas) Harder, Christine (Bernie) Wade, Rick (Debra) Homoly and Cindi Kirchenbauer (Scott Hegbloom); 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Dolores Lapota, Colette Buis and Alice (Robert) Stake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Bernadine and a son, Neil.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at: Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Muskegon, MI, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Rev. Fr. Anthony Britto presiding. Military Rites will be held under the auspices of VFW Post 3195 Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held at The Lee Chapel Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc. 6291 S. Harvey St. Norton Shores, MI 5 to 8 p.m., Monday.

Memorial Contributions to Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum, USS Silversides.