Larry Turner Bowers died Friday, March 17, 2017 at Rapid City (S.D.) Regional Hospital after a long battle with COPD.
Larry was born Oct. 11, 1948 in St. Paul, Minn., to Howard and Dorothy Bowers. The family later moved to South Dakota and Larry spent most of his life in Harding County.
He graduated from Buffalo (S.D.) High School in 1966, where he was the Senior Class President.
In 1969 Larry met Bonnie Miller en route to a party and they have shared their lives ever since. They were married in Buffalo, S.D., on June 15, 1970. They later welcomed a son, Lyle and a daughter, Brandee.
Larry worked as a ranch hand through high school and the early years of his marriage.
In 1976 the family moved to Bowman where he worked as a parts man at the Chevrolet dealership.
In 1979 they moved to Grassy Butte where he worked at various positions in the oil field. In 1986 the family moved to Buffalo where he again found work in the oil field.
He took a break from oil field work when he and Bonnie moved back to Bowman where they owned a restaurant for two years, eventually returning to Buffalo where he finished out his career in the oil field, working for Continental Resources. He retired due to poor health in 2012.
Larry was a voracious reader and lifelong learner. During one long, cold winter on the Miller Ranch he read an entire set of encyclopedias. In later years, he read countless books on his Kindle, which was never far away.
He was also a dedicated NASCAR fan, rarely missing the opportunity to watch a race on TV and traveling to attend races in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Kansas City, Mo., among others.
He had a sharp wit and loved to crack a good joke. He would insult you for a laugh but follow it with an insult to himself that was even funnier. He loved practical jokes and was the definition of a character.
Larry was a husband, father, grandpa, papa, brother, son, friend, and in the end proved himself to be a fighter.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Bonnie; son, Lyle (Wendy) Bowers; daughter, Brandee Bowers; grandsons, Drake Bowers and Nathan Bowers; brother, Brad (Connie) Bowers; sister-in-law, Lola (Dean) Oja; brothers-in-law Jim (Nylla) Miller and Dave Brence; numerous nieces, nephews and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Dorothy Bowers and sister, Victoria Brence.
Cremation has taken place and no services are planned, per his wishes. There will be a wake in Buffalo, South Dakota, to be held at a later date.
An online guest book is available at klinefuneralchapel.com.