Larry Patrick Bowman was 68 when he passed away peacefully January 20, 2021 at his home with his family, friends & dog by his side.
Larry was born in Helena, Montana to Marylou Demuary and Richard Bowman in the summer of 1952. He grew up in Central Montana and graduated from Browning High School. Larry was a hard worker and had a unique skill set which he put to work in many different ways over his lifetime. After high school he served in the Army, as an Army Sergeant MP (Military Police) stationed in Germany. He worked at the silver & copper mine, Asarco in Troy, from its beginning until it’s closure in in the early ‘90s. He logged. He drove a snowplow for the state. After leaving Asarco, Larry started his own business, BK Construction & Land Development which he ran for many years. Early in his career he served on the Troy police force.
He met the love of his life, Bobbi Higgins in 1982 and they married three years later. They lived in Kalispell, while Larry commuted back & forth to work in Troy, then later they moved back to Troy. In November they celebrated their 35th anniversary.
Larry enjoyed & embraced life’s adventures. He grew up loving horses and met some amazing mentor cowboys in his early years. Consequently, he discovered his love of rodeo: riding saddle broncs. Those cowboys he met on the rodeo circuit were a treasure trove of lifelong friends. Several got to be with and speak with Larry in his final weeks of life. One of his favorite honors was a horse named after him –“Larry Bowman” whose owner reports is, “quite a rascal”.
Larry and Bobbi spent hours camping, riding ATV’s and his favorite pastime, hunting where he was able to enjoy Montana’s best. Larry had a tight group of friends which he adored. He loved to help others and he’d be the first to give the shirt off his back. His wry & witty sense of humor will be missed.
Larry is survived by his wife Bobbi; his bonus children, Jeremy Higgins (wife Kate), grandchildren Sienna, Hailey & James of Apex, North Carolina; and Heidi Williams (husband Wayne) and grandchildren Kaylee & Joe of Edmonds, Washington; his brother Tony Keller in Butte, nephews Brandon and Marshall, and sister Carolyn Erickson. His sweet pup & right hand canine Jessy will never forget his favorite human and is grieving along with the rest of us.
A celebration of his life will be held later this summer. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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