Robert “Ozzy” Bokan, age 47, son of Richard Bokan and Nora Jane (Williams) Bokan, was born October 6, 1961 in Centreville, Illinois. He died April 21, 2009 in a car accident on Highway 17 just north of Houston, Missouri.
Ozzy grew up in the Caseyville/Collinsville, Illinois, area. He attended Morrison Elementary School in East St. Louis, Missouri, and Cahokia High School in Cahokia, Illinois. While in school he won a first place rating for singing in the state competition and had several trophies in karate in which he earned a brown belt. He had moved to Houston in 1987 and worked as a craftsman carpet and tile layer.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Bokan; his mother, Jane Bokan; and one brother, Billy Bokan.
He is survived by one brother, Patrick and wife Audrey Bokan of Solo, Missouri; three sisters, Susan Clinton and husband Delbert of Cabool, Missouri, Bonnie Bleckler and husband Bob of Raymondville, Missouri, and Lisa Caswell of Houston; 18 nieces and nephews; 29 great-nieces and -nephews; and one great-great-niece.
Ozzy had many hobbies. He enjoyed watching the NASCAR races and football. He liked to be outdoors and could be found fishing or playing golf as often as possible. Searching for arrowheads also took him out of doors as well as going to yard sales looking for that special “good buy.” His love for music helped him when times were tough and brought enjoyment to family and friends. He loved playing chess. His special love was his little dog Lucy, who was with him all the time and all places. Ozzy enjoyed being with his friends and always had room for the cakes and cookies made by his nieces and sisters.
Ozzy often kept the family entertained by his antics when he was home, such as the time he drag-raced his sister Lisa’s mini-bike through his mother’s kitchen or the time he and his brother took bricks loose from their front porch and put it back together with Scotch tape for a Boy Scout project; needless to say the porch didn’t hold up too well. He liked to “dumpster dive,” which kept his family again entertained, with the possible exception of his mother.
He will be missed by his family and friends who knew and loved him.
A family and friend visitation was held Friday, April 24, 2009, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Evans Funeral Home, Houston. Cremation followed visitation under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Robert Ozzy Bokan Memorial Fund, c/o Evans Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.