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Michael J. Bourgeois

Nov 16, 1942 - May 3, 2019 (Age 76)

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Loved working with Mike during his years at Lilly. He knew his chemistry, he helped lead our department, he had great stories and jokes, and he was a wonderful friend. So sorry to hear about his passing. My sincerest condolences to his family.

I knew Mike at Eli Lilly for many years
He was a bright scientist

I got to know Mike when he worked at PRIME Lab. He was a wonderful man, who cared about other people, and was interested and enthusiastic about science, politics, history,...

The world is a much poorer place without Mike.

My dear sweet friend,
I am so so sorry to hear about Michael. He was such a wonderful, caring and kind man. Please know that I am thinking and praying for you. May God wrap his arms around you all and see you through this.
Please know I am here for you if you need anything. Again, I am so sorry for your loss and call me
whenever you feel you want to talk. With much love my dear friend. Love you, Char


Michael's Obituary

Michael John Bourgeois, 76, of West Lafayette, passed away at his home on Friday May 3rd, 2019. Michael was born November 16th, 1942, in Menominee Michigan to the late Walter and Marion (Wypiszynski) Bourgeois. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in South Bend and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from Purdue University. Michael retired from Eli Lilly and Company after 26 years and went on to pursue his love for analytical chemistry research at Purdue University for another 17 years. Throughout his life Michael enjoyed exploring American culture through its history, music, and cuisine. Along his journey as a lifelong learner he found time to appreciate cooking, mathematics, science, and the wonders of the natural world.

Surviving along with his wife Verna Bogardo Perrucci (married March 5th 1963) are his children Thomas C. (Shawn) Bourgeois, Mark R. Perrucci, Christopher R. (Christine) Perrucci, Celeste P. (David) Schwartz, his sister Marilyn J. Asteriadis, and grandchildren Yvonne Bourgeois, Cecelia Schwartz, and Jennicca, Madisyn, and Joseph Perrucci. Michael was preceded in death by his sister Joan M. Bourgeois and grandson Jess Hollon.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date; memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood or to Food Finders Food Bank.

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