Julius L. Bugai Jr.


Julius LeRoy Bugai Jr., 79, a lifelong resident of Cedar, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 at his home in Cedar. Julius was born on Sunday, April 28, 1940 to the late Helen Marguerite (Kroupa) and Julius Leonard Bugai in Traverse City.
He attended and graduated from Traverse City schools.
He worked as a welder, later worked in construction and was known as an amazing builder. In recent years Julius was a custom butcher, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Being one who preferred to be in the out of doors, Julius enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed Cheyenne cigars and was an avid fan of chocolate milk, chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and maybe even some chocolate syrup over the top!
His family will always remember him as an extremely kind man with a huge heart.
Julius is survived by his best friend and buddy, Squirt; his children, Susan (Robert) Hall, of Battle Creek, Martin Bugai, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Yvonne Bugai, of Traverse City, Karen Hoogerhyde, of Sparta, and Kathleen (Chad) Braden, of Grand Ledge; his grandchildren, Darian Weaver, Margaret Hall, Sophia Bugai, Austin Bugai-Edwards, Kenneth Hoogerhyde, Jarrett Hoogerhyde, Adrienne Holmes, Ellery Holmes, Hailey Braden and Jax Braden; and great-grandchildren, Eli Weaver and Adaline Weaver. Julius is also survived by his siblings, Carolyn (Eugene) Lautner, Donald (Susan) Bugai, Linda (Louie) Walters and Nancy Miles; along with many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, John Miles.
A time to visit and gather with Julius' family will take place at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, with a time of sharing at 1 p.m. Following the visitation, friends and family are invited to the home for a continued time of celebrating Julius' life.
Because Julius enjoyed dogs and the out of doors, memorial contributions in his memory may be directed to the Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49696 (www.cherrylandhumane.org); or to the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, VA 20190 (www.nwf.org).
Please share your favorite memories as well as thoughts for the family by visiting Julius' online tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for and served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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Published on August 13, 2019
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Jeff and Michele Weaver
Aug 17, 2019
Sending thoughts and prayers for the family. May Gods strength be with you all
Janet Conger (Newman)
Aug 13, 2019
My deepest sympathies are with the entire Family of Julius and his Friends. I just saw Julius in July and he was at my house not to long ago to talk to my husband about butchering. We would always send people to Julius for chicken butchering, because he was the BEST! He would always come and Thank us for sending him so many people. He truly will be missed. Rest in Peace Julius