Bruce Boward

WILMINGTON—Bruce Boward, 59, of Wilmington (Ritchey), passed away Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 at Landmark of Richton Park.
Born June 13, 1961 in Kankakee, Bruce Farley was a son of Theodore “Ted” and Janalyn (nee Farley) Boward. He was raised and educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1980. Bruce held employment for several area establishments as a bouncer. He was a member of the Kankakee Jaycees, the Lions Club, and was a volunteer with the Kempton Fire Department. He took pleasure in fishing and racing, but was especially fond of stock car racing. Bruce enjoyed swimming, wolves, pool, football and was an avid Chicago Bears fan. He will be remembered for his annual Santa Claus impersonation.
Survivors include his mother, Janalyn "Jan" of Wilmington; daughter, Lacinda White; grandson, Owen Boward; sisters, Elizabeth (Paul) Rossi and Thea (Brian) Coplea, both of Wilmington; half-siblings, Renee Torres, of Bourbonnais and Chad (Marla) Greene, of St. Anne; step-siblings: Ted (Renee) Boward, of Dover, DE; Rusty Boward and Raymond Boward, both of Lincoln, IL and Karen (Gail) Liesman, of Atlanta, IL; nieces and nephews: Shane Rossi, of Wilmington; Sarah Rossi, of Mercer, WI; Erica (Jacob) Bolatto, of Braidwood and Haiden and Ava Coplea, both of Wilmington; six great-nieces and nephews, and several cousins, as well as the mother of his children, Teresa Boward.
Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Ted on Dec. 23, 2008; children, Bruce Jr. “BJ” and Angel Boward and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
The family will receive friends for a visitation at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd., in Wilmington on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Face masks requirements and measures of safe social distancing practices will be in order, and the funeral home staff will assist the family not to exceed the safe number set forth for the visitation.
A private family service will be held Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 at Baskerville Funeral Home. Those wishing to participate in Bruce's services are invited to watch the live stream on Friday morning starting at 11 a.m. by logging onto his memorial page.
Burial will be in Wesley Cemetery in Wilmington.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Bruce’s memory to Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 S. Main St., Wilmington, IL 60481.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Bruce’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto:
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.