Boyce “Bozz” Ray Bennett Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep January 28, 2023. He was born November 28, 1963 on Thanksgiving Day in Greeley, Colorado. Boyce was a sweet and thoughtful child. Growing up he had a sense of responsibility for his younger siblings that he later instilled in his own children. With a love of football, he started playing at the age of nine and played through high school. His senior year the Windsor Wizards took state on Boyce’s eighteenth birthday. He was inducted into the Windsor High School hall of fame for his athletic achievement.Boyce participated in every extra curricular activity he could including, class president, speech and debate, drama, musicals, jazz choir, and marching band. His love of music led to him teaching himself to play the guitar and working in radio.
He chose the radio name Bozz Collins working for KUAD in Windsor. His inspiration for this name came from Bozz Scaggs and Phil Collins. Bozz went on to work for KLOV serving all of Northern Colorado. He transferred with his then wife, Jana Rumsby to Casper, Wyoming to work at KVOC. He later worked at K2 Radio. Later divorced, Bozz met the mother of his children, Janet Fulton, (later divorced) working events at the Beacon. Bozz picked up some shifts and became quite the mixologist. Bozz had many various jobs, but his passion was always in sales. He worked at White’s Mountain Chevrolet for many years. Keeping cars in his heart, he pursued a position at Wells Fargo working with the north western automotive finance department. In need of a change, Bozz pursued a management position in the restaurant business. This sparked his passion for food.
Bozz always used the phrase “food is love” at family gatherings. He dove into this passion head first and even met his wife LeAnn shopping at one of his favorite grocery stores. They married July 19, 2014 and blended their families together. They spent eleven beautiful years as best friends and soul mates. Bozz never referred to his additional family as step children, instead they were his bonus family. Bozz returned to his life long passion in sales at Paradise Auto with his good friend Dave Matula. His daily attire was a Hawaiian shirt because “every day was paradise.”
Keeping his passion for food high on his list Bozz took cooking classes and joined numerous barbecuing and smoking groups on facebook where he exchanged recipes and “food porn” with his friends. If you cooked good looking food there was a guaranteed thumbs up from Bozz after sending him a photo.
Bozz loved guns, his freedom and his country. He was a huge Trump supporter. His passion for politics resulted in a surprise write-in candidacy for a position with the Republican Party.
Having been born on Thanksgiving Day it was naturally his favorite holiday. He said he got his three favorite things for his birthday every year: food, family, and football. Bozz was a genuinely happy man. He had a great sense of humor. He loved to laugh so contagiously that you found yourself laughing with him even if the joke was at your expense. He was a loving son, dedicated husband, devoted father to all his children, and proud grandad. There is nothing like a hug from Bozz. Bozz was a big personality with a big family and an even bigger heart.
Preceded in death by his father Boyce Ray Bennett Sr.
Survived by: his mother Pennie Ellen Bennett, his wife LeAnn Bennett, his children: Emily (Kam) Fairfield their son George, Brent (Kelsey) Bennett their daughter Sienna, Audrey Bennett his bonus children: JoLee (Jason) Krebs their children Kayla (Jeffrey) Heckman and Kaiden, Sarah (Dean) Scoggin and their daughter Emily Voss her son Marcellus Houston, Stephanie Voss and her children Ashlyn, Luke and Nichole, his brother John (Cindy) Bennett their sons Alex Bennett and Andy (Cherise) Bennett their daughters Kennedy and Emery, his sister Kim (Jim) Rydbom their children Mickie and Mason as well as many friends, coworkers, and other extended family.
The family would like to invite you to a celebration of life on Saturday, February 11th at 2:00PM at the Best Western Downtown Casper Hotel, formerly known as the Parkway Plaza. Please wear Hawaiian shirts and, or bright colors to honor the bright and colorful man Bozz was. If you have a photo with Bozz please bring it and write your name and a short blurb of how you knew Bozz on the back to leave with the family.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the deceased’s wife LeAnn. Please contact Dave Matula at Paradise Auto, 5555 CY Avenue, Casper, WY, 82604 to make donations.
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