James “Jim” Bovis, age 92, beloved husband of Irene (Angnos) Bovis for almost 70 years, and loving father and Papou, passed away peacefully on June 20 in Indianapolis surrounded by family. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, compassion, and unwavering love for his family and friends.
Jim was born on December 16, 1930, in Sioux City, Iowa to Constantine and Evmorphia Bovis. Sioux City is where he met the love of his life, Irene. Their bond was unbreakable, and their commitment to one another was an inspiration to all who knew them.
He proudly served in the U.S. Airforce as an aircraft radio operator with the rank of staff sergeant. He was honorably discharged due to family hardship and returned home to Sioux City to take over the family business after his father passed.
In 1961, Jim and Irene moved to Indianapolis to be close to loved ones and start a family business. It’s also where they raised their three children. Jim, a proud entrepreneur, owned liquor stores and storage units across the Indianapolis area. He is an esteemed member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the A.H.E.P.A., where he received the AHEPAN of the Year award in 2018.
Jim was an avid Colt’s fan – original season ticket holder – and beloved by many for his zest for life, compassion, generosity, and sense of humor. He treated everyone as family.
Above all, Jim treasured his role as Papou to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a devoted and loving grandfather to Alexandra (Kevin) Kaspers, Stephanie (Peter) Sambatakos, Alexa (Shawn) Jenkinson, and James J. Bovis, and a “Big-Papou” to Malia and Aria Sambatakos.
He is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Irene; daughter, Christina Bovis; sons Charles Bovis and Thomas (Betsy) Bovis; sister-in-law, Elaine (Angnos) Dimitroff; his grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Peter Bovis; sisters Magdaline Bovis and Marjorie Bovis Myrianthopoulos; brother-in-laws, Dr. Ntino Myrianthopoulos and James Dimitroff.
Funeral services will be held on Mon., June 26, 2023, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Carmel at 11:00 a.m. with calling from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. The family asks that any donations be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Online condolences and a video tribute may be viewed at www.flannerbuchanan.com.