Albert R. "Rusty" Bowman, 53, of Kansas City, Mo., died Wednesday (Nov. 7, 2012).
Rusty was born Aug. 19, 1959, to Joann E. Bowman and the late Harold L. "Bub" Bowman in Aurora, Mo. Rusty was united in marriage to Viola "Vi" P. Taylor on June 3, 1978, in Warsaw, Mo.
Rusty was a supervisor for Kansas City Water Services. He was a member of McMurry United Methodist Church. He also was a member of the North Kansas City Eastern Star and Masons.
Rusty will always be remembered as a loving son, dedicated husband and father and good friend. Rusty loved watching old cowboy movies and his favorite cowboy was John Wayne. If you knew Rusty, you knew they were not just movies but a way to live life. Rusty lived the cowboy way. He took pride in working with his hands and doing things right the first time.
He was a man of honor; if he gave you his word, you could take it to the bank. He was the first one there when hard work was to be done or someone needed a helping hand. He loved to fish and hunt.
His life was his family; his daughters were his crowns and his grandchildren his jewels. He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Vi; three daughters, Beth Ann Fischer and husband Trevor, Heather Bowman and Kevin Wilkey and Pam Williams and James Scarborough; seven grandchildren, Cole, Chelby, Bella, Mady, Loren, Erin and Wyatt; his mother, Joann Bowman; two sisters, Debbie Bowman and Kevin Blair and Terri Thomas and husband Grady; and his mother-in-law, Wilma Taylor and friend, Bill; and many aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He also leaves behind many friends who he always treated as family.
SERVICES: A celebration of life will be held for Rusty at 1 p.m. Saturday at his favorite place, Truman Lake, Shenandoah Ave., Warsaw, Mo. Rusty's wishes were to be cremated.
VISITATION: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday in McMurry United Methodist Church, Claycomo, Mo., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.; and 6-8 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church, Warsaw, Mo.
MEMORIALS: To the family for a future memorial to be built in Rusty's honor or charity of donor's choice.
ARRANGEMENTS: Schowengerdt Funeral Home, Butler, Mo.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com