Larry Lewis Bowser

Larry Lewis Bowser, 77, of Kansas City, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Menorah Medical Center. We will miss his creativity, his sharp wit and his informed progressive views.

He was born October 19, 1935 in Iowa. He was an artist and an avid fisherman.

Larry is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters Lisa Bowser and Vanessa Story (Stephen); son Mark Bowser; step-son Kraig Kohring (Molly); step-daughter, Kristin Pumford (Rob); sister Vera Edwards, and eight grandchildren.


A Memorial Gathering will be held from 1-4 pm, Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Homestead Country Club, 6510 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS .

The family suggests donations to Harvesters or the Wounded Warrior Project.


  1. Wayne and Lynne Tiemeier on August 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I was a fraternity brother of Larry and shared one year at KU with him. I loved his sense of humor and his wit.
    I regularly watched the”letter to the editor” secton in the K.C. Star to see if he had submitted an opinion. They were always well thought out and articulate. I will miss him.

  2. Bruce Cochran on August 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Larry was one of the first people I met when I came to work in the Hallmark Contemporary Dept. in 1960. He remains one of the most creative and funniest people I have ever met.

    He battled physical difficulties all his life, yet I never knew him to feel sorry for himself. He was always a ray of sunshine.

    Larry and I fished together since 1960 until recently. We ate lunch together frequently and I will miss his cheerful company , his sense of humor, and his loyal friendship.

  3. Bob Ashley on August 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Ahhh… Larry. You were the first person I met when I came to Hallmark in 1967. You were gracious and spent time with the newbie and we became friends over time. I remember the lunches at the Nelson, your mentorship and friendship. Love to you, Karen, we share your loss.

  4. Elizabeth Cook on July 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Is he the boy who played in mud puddles in Republic, Kansas 1939-40?

  5. Steve Carpenter on July 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Larry was a true creative genius. Very few could match his continuous submissions of creative, conceptual ideas. He had a great sense of humor and always interesting to have a conversation with. He was one of the true pioneers of edgy humor in the early days of Contemporary Cards at Hallmark. Through the years he has left a legacy of great humor art as well as hilarious writing which is still enjoyed today and will be for many years to come.

  6. Allen D Millen on July 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Peace be with you! Larry was a cousin and in our early years loved to come and spend time on our family farm at Republic, KS. I have a couple of his children’s books that he illustrated. There is little doubt as to his talent as an artist.

  7. Sherry and Arlo Millen on July 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go to you and
    the family at this time. Larry was a very tallented artist and I am sure he will be missed by all who knew him. God bless you and be with you. Remember the wonderful times you had together.

  8. Ray Beery on July 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I join with my Theta Chi brothers in celebrating Larry’s life. Some of us had just started up our chapter at KU when it was time to bring in new freshmen; Larry was one of those pledges. He added immeasurably to a splendid group.

  9. Jim Combs on July 29, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Larry was a very close friend to me and my wife Becky. He was our Best Man at our wedding in 1957 and has been a true friend ever since. Before Becky and I were married, Larry and I were room mates at Theta Chi Fraternity at K.U. where we shared many great times. He was a gifted artist. We have one of his paintings hanging in our living room which we have enjoyed for over 50 years. He will be greatly missed.

  10. Larry Eikleberry on July 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I considered Larry a close personal friend when I lived in KC. We stayed in touch through the years.
    Part of me will be permanently missing.
    He was absolutely unique.
    I will miss him.

  11. Lee Hageman on July 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Some of Larry’s Theta Chi brothers have contacted me and wish to share their memories of Larry. We all remember Larry’s good humor and pleasant disposition.
    Wayne Tiemeier-KCMO;
    Ed Dittemore – NYC, NY
    Gail Cobb -Phoenix, AZ
    Benny Croyle, CA
    Don Bishop, CO
    Mimmo Giuranna – Italy

    Larry was a fellow Art major (Lee Hageman) of mine and invited me to join Theta Chi fraternity. I have always appreciated that invitation. Lee H.

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