The Obit For Fred Bozaich

Fred Bozaich
June 28, 1920 - March 9, 2013

George McCarthy Funeral Home
March 22, 2013

Fred J. Bozaich, 92, a native Puebloan, passed away on March 9, 2013 in Lincoln, California where he had lived since January 1, 2012 with his sister and brother-in-law.

Fred is preceded in death by Kay, his wife of 70 years; his parents, Mary and Joseph Bozaich; sister, Albina (Charles) Feldhaus and brother, Stan Bozaich.

He is survived by his sister, Harriett (Wally) Anderson; aunt, Dorothy Cernac; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Fred was a proud member of St. Mary Church and truly enjoyed living in Pueblo. His baseball career in Pueblo was a highlight of his life. He and his brother, Stan, played for the Pepper Furniture semi-pro team with and against many special friends from his church and his neighborhood. He signed a professional baseball contract with the Texas League, but was drafted and entered World War II. He was a soldier of the elite 3rd Infantry Division and fought in French Morocco, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.

During his years of foreign service he took part in many campaigns including the battle for the Anzio Beachhead and the capture of Hitler's Eagles' Nest at Berchtesgaden. His decorations include the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, The American Defense Service Medal, the Distinguished Unit Citation, the European Theatre Bronze Service Arrowhead and the Croix de Guerre of France.

Fred's baseball dream was somewhat realized when he was the center fielder for the Marne Nine, the 3rd Infantry Division's baseball team. There were ten professional baseball players on the team, including Gil Dobbs, Bob Savage and the famous Cal McLish.

He is fondly remembered by family and friends for his love of life and his wonderful sense of humor.

Funeral Mass, 10:00 am, Thursday, March 21, 2013 St. Mary Church with interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.

Under the direction of George McCarthy Funeral Home.