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LARRY BROOKS COWSERT

Age 74, of Tehachapi, CA, died peacefully in his sleep October 17, 2017 after a valiant 3-year battle with cancer.
Larry was born in Santa Ana, CA, to Raymond Omer Cowsert and Minnie Lee (McDaniel) Cowsert on March 13, 1943. He attended Westminster, Santa Ana, and Garden Grove schools and joined in U.S. Army in 1968. Larry held many various jobs in his lifetime in Texas, New York, Orange County, CA and in Cabazon, CA, He lived in Cabazon from 1988 until 2014 when it was discovered he had cancer and he moved to Tehachapi to be cared for by family. Larry was a conscientious, dependable, and cheerful employee. He had worked as a handyman, painter, roofer, mall security, gardener, custodian, juvenile facility guard, and in restaurant service, among others. He was active in the Cabazon Moose Lodge and worked for a time at the Cabazon Country Store. He volunteered at the Cabazon Community Center and helped to keep the Catholic Church's food pantry well stocked. He was big-hearted and generous, a person who would literally give you the shirt off his back, even if he just met you.
Larry was an avid NASCAR fan, recording all the races to enjoy again and again. He was intensely patriotic and justifiably proud of his Army service. He was consistent in raising the American flag outside and bringing it in every night. Larry didn't travel extensively but watched Huell Howser's TV program "California's Gold" and would frequently comment: "I've been there...with Huell," and then would come the famous chuckle.
Larry was preceded in death by both parents and his nephew, Christopher Lewis. He is survived by his daughters, Jamie Cowsert and Amanda Sunday; granddaughters Britnee, Rosemary, and Emma; sisters Judy Stevens and partner Charles Westfall of Tehachapi and Nancy Lewis and husband John of Rancho Cucamonga; nieces and nephews Carrie Stevens and husband Sean Lane of Las Vegas, Stacey Lewis of Tujunga, Matthew Lewis of Rancho Cucamonga, Kelly Munyon and husband Kenny of Visalia, and Jeremy Lewis and wife Amy of Covina. He adored his grand nieces and nephews: Sean-Mark, Matt, Jonah, Luke, Chet, Abigail, Jack, Lauren, Sadie, and Kaylee. Larry is also survived by long-time devoted friend, Carol Zimmer of Cabazon.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at Sanderling Dialysis of Tehachapi. Larry will be cremated and his ashes buried in the Bakersfield National
Cemetery at Arvin, CA.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 5, 2017
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