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In loving memory of
Larry Thomas Bowen
  • September 11, 1951
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  • March 21, 2022

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“Do What You Can Until You Can Not”

Larry T. Bowen passed away on March 21, 2022, in The Villages, Florida, after a 24-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was a talented man who decided that PD would not stop his adventures. We traveled to Europe, Africa, South America, Central America and throughout North America, and we sailed the Chesapeake Bay, Bahamas and the BVI.  We skied, sailed ice boats, wind surfed, canoed, liked to snowshoe and also enjoyed shooting skeet and sporting clays.

Larry was born in Lemoyne, PA, to the late William and Sarah Bowen (97yrs old). He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Beth Acri Bowen, sister, Marsha Shoop (Larry), niece Brenda Buckwalter (David), nephew, Greg Shoop and great nephew, Brady.

Larry graduated in 1969 from Cedar Cliff and received an Associates Degree from Shippensburg State Collage. He had a business degree and used that to start a business.

Larry owned and operated Contrad Leather in Central PA , and many of his customers, especially Carlisle and Silver Springs Flea market, have belts, wallets and rifle slings engraved with their initials.  His products were made to last for years.

Larry and Beth moved from their cabin in Enola to The Villages permanently in July 2021.  This was after 11 years of being snowbirds. We had attended the Parkinson’s Support group from the first year we were here.  Their support has been invaluable. We exercised, shared stories, and socialized while supporting each other.

His bike trip (2550 miles) across the USA in 2009, while fighting PD, raised money for Davis Phinney PD Foundation.  In 2010, he made another trip from Cocoa Beach to Key West, again with his buddy, Ed.  He continued cycling using a trike recumbent through December 2021.

He was a very talented guitar player and singer. He was part of Starky’s Strummers in The Villages.  He also participated in Acoustic Guitar groups.  In PA, he played with his friends and did the occasional open mike.

A celebration of Larry’s Life will be held at the Savannah Center in The Villages on April 24th from 6:00 – 8:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please help stop Parkinson’s. We ask that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Davis Phinney Foundation or Cornerstone Hospice, who was a great help to us.  I would also like to thank the nurses at Buffalo Crossings for the wonderful care Larry received.

Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-480-5959. Sentiments may be left online at www.baldwincremation.com.


Savannah Center
The Villages

Date & Time:
April 24, 2022 at 6:00 PM

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  1. Julie Schloder says:
    10 Apr 2022
    I read the wonderful obituary of your husband in today's paper. You may not remember me, but I was a fellow CV employee and lived in Enola. My husband and I have been residents of the Villages for the past 7 years. Please accept our sympathy for your loss and know you are in our prayers. Perhaps our may cross here in Florida. God bless! Julie Schloder

  2. Kendra Ruhl says:
    04 Apr 2022
    Dear Beth, I'm so glad that you and Larry were able to spend his last year or so in a warm, welcoming place. I understand how difficult your loss will be, as you were such a dedicated wife and caregiver. I have very fond memories of our sailing excursions and time spent in the Emerald Isles. When I went through Henry's thousands of slides, you and Larry were in many of them. Maybe Larry and Henry have renewed their friendship by now and are reminiscing about good times. Be well and, cherish the memories. Love, Kendra

  3. Sue Sites says:
    03 Apr 2022
    Our deepest condolences on Larry’s passing. He was such a great guy! We enjoyed his sense of humor and his storytelling. We’ll never forget our trip of a lifetime in the BVI on an Irwin 54 and Larry as our captain! Such a good guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Beth.

  4. Sue Sites says:
    03 Apr 2022
    So very sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. It was always a joy to be in his presence and experience his sense of humor and funny stories! We’ll never forget our trip of a lifetime sailing in the BVI on an Irwin 54 with Larry as our captain! Or the new friends he met on Salt Island and got us invited to crash the party! That was Larry-always talking to folks and learning about them. He was a joy to know. Please accept our deepest condolences. Mark & Sue

  5. Carolyne Denonno lit a candle:
    01 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 1, 2022 at 4:33:02 PM

  6. Judy Thomas says:
    01 Apr 2022
    Beth, Oh the memories, sailing, camping, traveling - all with the best of friends - Larry & you! The saying “God threw the mold away when Larry was born” so fits him. There never was, and never will be again, another person like him. He and Ed were different but at the same time, so alike. I hope they are together now talking about the good times like you and I will be doing. Love to you my dear friend!

  7. Gayle says:
    01 Apr 2022
    Dear Beth, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Larry was a wonderful, wonderful, person. He so enjoyed life and it was such a joy to spend time with him and you. I remember all the things we did together and had many, many laughs. I loved those times with you. Larry will always have a special place in everyone’s happy memories. Love and hugs, Gayle

  8. Pam Laudenslager says:
    31 Mar 2022
    Larry and my husband Glenn were born and raised in the same town of Lemoyne, PA. They grew up on the same street, attended the same high school and church and were lifelong friends. Larry was a quiet, gentle giant of a man. I came to know him through Glenn and this began my friendship with he and his wife Beth. Though we were miles apart in different states, we visited each other several times a year and even vacationed together. We were with both of them the night 24 years ago when he told us his diagnosis at a restaurant I will never forget the name of. Devastated doesn’t fit how we felt; but Larry, ever the optimist, seemed unfazed. He was like that through his life. He took it in stride though I know it was tough on he and Beth. He accomplished things most of us would never even attempt and succeeded! But that was Larry. As the years and the PD progressed he constantly strove to participate in any event and did! Throughout this entire time his wife Beth was by his side and was the most amazing caregiver I’ve ever seen. And I don’t say that lightly; it takes so much to give of yourself in that capacity. And Larry always, always gave her the credit for his progress. Because that’s who he was. The world lost a wonderful soul, but Heaven gained a beautiful Angel. RIP our amazing friend. We love you! ❤️❤️

  9. kaye wishard says:
    31 Mar 2022
    What a wonderful obit for a wonderful life. Bill and I hold you close to our hearts as you travel this new normal. Love you, Beth.

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