Peter F. Bovan

Oscoda, Michigan
July 15, 1948 - September 16, 2020


Sunday from 6-8 pm at the funeral home and from 10-11 am at the church

Service Location

Oscoda United Methodist Chruch


Monday, September 21, 2020
11:00 am at the Oscoda United Methodist Church
(instate at 10:00 am)

Obituary Notice

Peter Francis Bovan

Age 72, of Oscoda, MI passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, in Marquette, MI. He was born on July 15, 1948, in Detroit, MI to the late Harold and Dorothy Bovan (Villemure) (nee True). Pete earned his Bachelor of Science in education from Northern Michigan University while being a standout on the football team. He was an educator and coach at Oscoda Area Schools for 34 years until his retirement in 2005. Throughout the years, all of Pete's students and athletes benefited from his deepened wisdom, integrity, and his ability to believe in everyone. Pete served as a teacher, mentor, coach, and friend to many as he inspired those around him to strive to be the best version of themselves. He thoroughly enjoyed coaching, scuba diving, hunting, playing pool, traveling, boating, and most importantly spending time with his family. Pete was a member of the Lions Club, the Oscoda Pool League, Commodore of the Oscoda Yacht Club, and a founding member of the Oscoda Dive and Rescue Team. In addition, he was instrumental in establishing the Oscoda Colts Football Program. He was extremely proud to be inducted into the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Oscoda High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Pete is survived by Susan Bovan, his wife of 46 years; 3 children, daughter Jennifer (Mark) Nattress of Blandon, PA, daughter Nicholle (Chris) Bailey of Atlanta, GA, son Jeremy Bovan of Tacoma, WA; daughter-in-law Stephanie Bovan of Marquette, MI; 3 sisters, Ann Bovan of Oscoda, MI, Joan (Dan) Myles of Oscoda, MI, Janice (LeRoy) LaVigne of Wilber, MI. He is survived by his 7 beloved grandchildren, Taylor Nattress, Braden Nattress, Samantha Bailey, Casie Bailey, Logan Bovan, Brooks Bailey, and Lincoln Bovan. Pete is also survived by his nephews David Langley, Jon Langley, Brent Demicoli, Dan Myles, and Mike Myles. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather Robert Villemure. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 11:00 am at the Oscoda United Methodist Church (instate at 10:00 am). Reverends William Seitz and Thomas Barbret will officiate the services. Visitation hours on Sunday will be from 6-8 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda, MI. In lieu of flowers, in his honor, and to keep his memory alive for decades to come, Pete's family has established a fund in partnership with the Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation. The "Peter F. Bovan Athletic Fund" will perpetuate Pete's passion and purpose by funding fitting enhancements to athletic facilities at Oscoda Area High School. Contributions will benefit our school and community and may be made by mail (Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation, PO Box 618, Oscoda, MI 48750) or by visiting Please note the fund name with your donation. You may offer condolences at


Peter F. Bovan Memorial Link

Contributions will benefit our school and community and may be made by mail (Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation, PO Box 618, Oscoda, MI 48750) or by visiting


My prayers are for Pete's entire family and his numerous friends. Mr. Bovan is a true icon that touched so many of us in so many ways. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten in this community my friend.
— Michael Fullerton
This is a real tragedy. Pete was like the older brother I never had. God bless Bovan family.
— Michael Villemure
Deepest sympathies to the Bovan family. He was a wonderful teacher/ mentor / person. So very sorry for your loss.😢
— Debbie Schmidt
Mr. Bovan-you were loved! Doug and I remember our OHS days, as well as the tremendous family friend you were to Jim and Nancy, as well as Janette. Our hearts go out to your family and we will keep all in our prayers. Rest In Peace.
— Kimberly Howse
I did my teaching under Pete and he’s a huge influence in my teaching! He was “old school” and it was refreshing! Prayers to his wife Sue, my 2nd grade teacher, and his family!
— Matt Lehman
What a sad day. He was bigger than life and one of the friendliness persons. Our condolences to the family.
— Richard Bonsole and Doris
I usually can find words to describe my emotions. However, today I am speechless. Soar high my friend, you will not be forgotten. Sincere condolences to Sue, their children and Pete’s extended family.
— Bill Parsons
I admired Pete since he was a high school sports hero and upper class leader. Clearly he went on to inspire many others. Our lives were enriched by knowing him. Our hearts go out to Sue and Ann and family as they bear this most painful loss.
— Vicki and Natalie Hopcroft
My sincere condolences to Pete’s entire family. Pete was an awesome man and a very good friend of mine who I admired and loved! Just talking to Pete and being around him really picked me up! Pete told me several times that if I ever needed anything just to let him know and I am sure he told others the same. Pete was tough, fair and had a heart of gold! Heaven became a much better place when Pete entered it’s gates! We will never forget you Pete! Thank you for your friendship. R.I.P. Pete
— Jim Draper
Teacher, Coach, and our Uncle Pete. Impacting the lives of so many people in so many amazing ways. Our thoughts and heart are with Aunt Sue, Jenny, Nikki, Jeremy, his grandkids, sisters, nieces and nephews. May you find comfort in knowing so many are thinking of you, sending many prayers and much love your way. 💙
— Kristen Bryant-Cutchall
Had the honor to know this fine gentleman for many years and enjoyed our time together as a member of the Oscoda Pool League. I always called him Dad, even though I was older than him and we had many a great laugh together. Such a tragedy to lose a statesman who has done so much for the Oscoda community. It is an understatement to say he will be missed.
— Michael & Jodi Kovach
Thoughts and prayers to the entire Bovan family. Always enjoyed seeing and talking with whenever we return back home for a visit. He touched a lot of individuals in the community and will be sorely missed.
— Rick Underwood
Great guy and one heck of a football player. Pete was a tough competitor with a heart of gold. My deepest sympathies to family and friends
— Mike Taubitz
He was the best! Taught me auto shop for two years and drafting. Never made me feel any less than "one of the boys", Years later we would visit down at the Office Lounge. Words can not express how I felt about this man. Peace and Grace to his family and all who grieve.
— Mary Dakoske
RIP Uncle Pete! To Sue and the Family, our hearts are with you during this time, still hard to wrap our heads around his passing! Know that he will be up there watching over us all with a push or shove to indicate he is there... With sympathy, Nancy and Dave Wrobel
Sue, I just heard of Pete passing. I am so very sorry for your loss. We are saying prayers for strength and healing., for you and family. May he Rest In Peace. Gary and Barb Gillings
— Barbara Gillings
My thoughts and prayers for Sue and the rest of Pete’s family. I know he was important to so many people, and he touched many lives. I had him for driver’s ed. in 1973...I know he will be missed.
— LuAnn Tuttle
Condolences to the whole Bovan family - we only know the Atlanta contingent of Bovan-Baileys, but know what a major part of their lives the Michigan Bovan grandparents are. The Atlanta Rivera’s are thinking about you all. Much love and sincere condolences.
— Familia Rivera
Our prayers are with all of the Bovan family. In our years in Oscoda, Pete was a good friend. He will be missed greatly by the community for all he was involved in. Thank you for being there for our youth, community, and family.

Dave and Leslie Koenig
— David Koenig
Our deepest and most sincere condolences to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ms. Sue, Nicholle (Chris, Sami, Casie, and Brooks), Jennifer and family, Jeremy and family, and the entire Bovan clan. We feel truly blessed to have met and spent time with Mr. Pete during your travels to Atlanta. We will continue to pray for God to grant you all peace, strength, and comfort during this incredibly difficult time. We send you all of our love and strength. Rest in Peace Mr. Pete - the legacy of all of your amazing accomplishments and your memory will live on always. God bless you all! The Andersons
— Telene, Ida, Xavier, and Carmen Anderson
How sad that such a wonderful person passed on so soon. Peter was my first cousin and I was glad that a few years all of our cousins got together at Frankenmuth for our Cousins Lunch. There was 22 of us there and I am sorry that we will never see him again. My prayers to his wife, Sue, and his family and friends. We all loved you Peter.
— Faye Ann Freed-Snider
Our condolences and prayers to the Bovan family. Pete was an inspiration to many and will be missed by all. R.I.P sir.
— Joe & Beth O'Grady
My deepest sympathies and prayers for Sue and all the Bovan Family. Pete was a big man who had a big heart and gave so much of himself to so many. Walk any of the halls of Oscoda Area High School and there you will find his shadow, his laugh and his many contributions to making the district great. He was indeed “one in a million”. Rest In Peace, Pete.
— Nancy Grnya Howse
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I had the honor of knowing "Coach" when my family was stationed at Wurtsmith in the early 90's. I have nothing but good memories of him as a man, teacher, and coach. LEGEND.
— Quentin A Mitchell
Very sad news and a great loss for so many. We send our sincere condolensces to Sue and Ann and all the family. We will miss you, Pete. God speed.
— Nora Minchew and Jeff Kahn
Proud to have known Pete. We will miss him greatly. Enjoyed pool at the yacht club as well as the pool league and an occasional beer. Thanks for being part of our lives.
— Dave and Pat Evans
Such sad news!. My heart goes out to Sue and family . My fondest memory is whenever he would see me he always loved to talk football and how proud he was of my sons accomplishments. I remember when Saginaw Valley played against Northern Michigan and he was there silently rooting for Jeffrey. He always made me smile with his silly jokes. He was such a gentle soul. May you Rest in Peace Uncle Pete.
— Deb Janis
Pete will be missed by soooo many. Though he was not a relative to me it was still always "HI UNCLE PETE" whenever I saw him. It was always great seeing him on the Pond with his family boating and enjoying the grandkids. R.I.P. dear Man 🙏
— Kathy Shellenbarger
Dear Sue & Family & Friends, We just learned today about Pete’s passing....,so very sorry for the huge hole in our hearts....what a legacy Pete has left us to cherish! Teacher, Coach, & Colleague. Mentor, Advisor, & Friend. May God bless you in this time of sorrow. Craig & Joan Douglas
— Craig Douglas
Pete, you passed on way too soon, and our deepest sympathy goes to Sue and your family. Still remember the camping trip years ago with you and a bunch of our pals on your pontoon boat up in the backwaters of the dam. You left a legacy of family, friends, and achievements that I would sure be proud of. Save us some seats up there, pardner.
— Dennis and Charla Smyth
Pete is an amazing man and those who met him were lucky, blessed, and better because of it. My deepest condolences to all his friends and family and may amazing memories live forever.
— James MacLeod
As a member of the Class of ‘66, my early memories of Pete are of a constant and very talented football player. A player that demonstrated “team spirit” and was regularly credited for his invaluable contribution to his team. His “cheeky” smile stands out in my memories. His contribution to OHS during his High School years and his continued dedication on his return as Coach are a measure of this man. As I read these tributes, I realize that Pete continued to be a constant source of Support and friendship to so many. My condolences to his loving family. A measure of a person is in how they are remembered. These testimonials speak to his life. Test in peace old friend.
— Christine (Schimmer) Pratt
Sue, my heart is breaking for you and your family. It was an honor to know Pete. So glad you two stopped over this summer. You all will be in our prayers. Jan and Morley Palmateer.
— Janice Palmateer
Our deepest sympathy to Sue and all the family. Pete will be missed in our dinner club. We have many happy memories. Rest In Peace! Bill and Sylvia Kellan
— Sylvia Kellan
Sue and family,
Bill and I are so sorry for you loss. Pete was a good man!
Special love to Jeremy from Jame O and AJ - we just so sorry - too damn soon gone from us!
Bill & AJ Cargo
— Rev. Bill & AJ Cargo
May your family feel God's comfort now, and in the difficult days ahead.
Loving cousins, Rod and Judy Balyeat
— Rod and Judy Balyeat
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bovan family! He was a great addition to the Oscoda Area School System! I(Mary Bell) had him as a teacher in 1981. Then our son Adam Bell had him for drivers training and football coaching many years later. He may have even coached our youngest son, Shawn also. So he touched a lot of kids lives over his fine years. Thank you, Pete for your loyalty and service to our kids and community as you served it proudly! You will be missed. May you rest in peace. May God bring peace and comfort to your family! God Bless!
— Mary & Tom Bell of Oscoda
Sorry for your loss!
The Ledin Family
— Sandy (Winchell) Ledin
I am so happy to have known Pete for a few years at OHS. We knew even back then that he would be a big positive contribution to the world!
— John Mohan
Mrs. Bovan (my kindergarten teacher)....I am so sorry about your husband. I am praying for you and your family. May he Rest In Peace. Kris Gillings
— Kris A Gillings
I was mentored and coached from a different aspect from School Academics, Sports and Community Service that was Pete’s exposure to so many. As a younger Brother-in Law I looked to him for guidance and partnership on a family oriented perspective. My Sympathy and Condolences to my Sister Sue, her children, Grand-children, their extended family and all those who came to know Pete. Pete’s passing will be noted by many and his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of those who he has touched so deeply for generations to come. Rest is Peace Peter!
— Arlen Theodore “Ted” Bellville (Uncle Ted) & Phyllis Cohen
Pete was my life-long friend: teammates and buddies in high school, roommates in college, and conspirator in many adventures. I remember once we put his Ford mustang on the railroad tracks and rode the rails for a while. Midge and I are deeply saddened with his passing and send our condolences, thoughts and prayers to Sue and their kids and grandkids and to Ann and his sisters. Pete was a guy with a big heart, a straight shooter, cared a lot about the people around him, and made substantial personal contributions to the Oscoda community through his extensive service. Rest in peace, Pete, until we ride the rails again.
— Dick and Midge Dey
Aunt Sue, Jennifer, Nicki, Jeremy and all of your families--My heart is breaking for you. Uncle Pete was a larger-than-life kind of guy and always ready with a good story and a laugh. I know you will miss him immeasurably. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. My deepest sympathies to all of you.
— Deanne Brenneman & Family
There are not enough words to express our sorrow to Pete's family. Reading through the many comments written here, my words would be only be a repetition of those already expressed.
— Thom Grant family
I’m so sorry for your loss and I’ll be praying for the entire Bovan family! Pete was a great man and he invested in me significantly when I was in high school. I had never played football before my freshman year and when we began practicing, my lack of experience really showed. I remember Pete spending time with me 1 on 1 teaching me the basics that you usually learn in youth football. I wouldn’t have gone on to contribute to the team without him doing that, but even more importantly, he modeled to me the importance of not leaving someone to struggle on their own when you can help. I’ve carried that lesson to this day. Our paths crossed again when I took driver’s education. Even way back then, I had a tendency to roll through stop signs rather than coming to a complete stop. Pete began using his passenger side brake to ensure that I made a complete stop and he wouldn’t let me resume driving until I said “Sir, I have stopped, sir.” I still say that to myself from time to time when I stop at a stop sign and think of him each time.
— Adam Bell
So sorry to hear of Pete’s death. I knew Pete back in the day at Oscoda high school where he was a well respected star athlete and leader. He certainly went forward in life with great passion for his students and as a community leader. My deepest condolences to Sue, Ann, and all the family. God rest his soul.
— Nancy McKerring
I am saddened by the loss of a friendly rival and fellow coach. We recently discussed the “old school” rivalry between Tawas and Oscoda. Just not the same. Although we bantered back and forth and were adversaries on Friday night, we shared a great respect for each other. You will be sadly missed dear friend.
— Dick Look
I don't have the words to express how much Coach Bovan ment to me as a young man. He pushed me on the field and challenged me off the field. Thank you for being my coach, Driving Instructor, teacher, mentor, and friend. Oscoda has truly lost a legend and my condolences go out to everyone touched by him, but especially his family whom I have lots of great memories with. Till we meet again Coach, rest easy. ❤
— Luke Smith
Our condolences to you, Sue, and your family. I have known Pete since he moved to Oscoda in 7th grade and am honored to have had a friendship with him throughout his life. In high school sports he was dedicated to giving 100% effort and I was fortunate to play on his teams in the 60"s. So glad that many of his teammates got to share in his OHS Sports Hall of Fame Induction last year. In these later years I mostly kept up with him on social media and what impressed me in the photos was the look of love and satisfaction he had when he was with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was one of a kind. Oscoda and beyond will not be the same without him.
— Bob Kennedy & Margy Kutzera
Nicholle & Chris and family - we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts break for you all. It sounds like he made such an amazing impact on so many lives and we hope you can cherish those wonderful memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
— Pamela & Toby Brennen, Roswell, GA
So sorry to hear of Pete’s passing... what a legend in the Oscoda area! My prayers are with his family and his extended family! RIP and may God Bless you!
— Patti Hansen Godoy
My sincere condolences to Sue, her children and grandchildren on the sudden loss of their beloved husband, Dad, and Papa, Pete. I didn't know Pete well but, through Sue, a fellow retired teacher games day member, I knew that he was much loved and a wonderful man. I'll be thinking of you especially, Sue, as you go through these sad and grief filled days, weeks and months ahead. I'm praying that God will be with you and bless you all. Take comfort in knowing that you will see Pete again one day and what a joyous reunion it will be. Hugs from Colorado.
— Mary T. Scislowicz
Last saw Pete in 2016 at the NMU Hall of Fame. As a former teammate, it can be said he and his dear friend Doug Peterson were great players at Northern. Always humble #50 could play. RIP. Condolences to his family.
— Jan Quarless
My deepest Condolences to you Sue and the entire Bovan Family. Pete was a great coach and leader. It was always so great together these past years and laugh and joke about the old days in Oscoda. He touched so many people he will truly be missed but never forgotten. Soar high my friend I will miss you.
— Kevin Staebler
Pete by far was the most influential person in my teenage years.
Heaven received a man that was a true BLESSING on this earth!
— Gary Greethurst

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