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Larry Keith Gowder

The Shawnee News-Star
Larry Gowder entered his eternal home on June 24, 2020.

Larry Gowder entered his eternal home on June 24, 2020. Larry joins in Heaven his two children Keri Ann and Larry “Bub.”

Larry was born to Charles F and Wanda Beal Gowder on Dec. 27, 1946.

He graduated from Shawnee High School in 1964.

Larry has an associate degree in Drafting from Okmulgee Tech (now Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology).

He initially took a job in Houston with Brown & Root. He then enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, where he served honorably for 31 years. During his tenure with the guard he served in various positions, retiring as Enlisted Branch Chief. MSG Gowder received many awards and decorations throughout his career, including the Meritorious Service Medal.

Larry was proceeded in death by his parents, Charles and Wanda Gowder, and both his children, Keri Ann and Larry Keith Gowder Jr.

“Gowder” leaves behind his wife Carolyn of the home; daughter Liz and son-in-law Myron Hamm; grandsons Trey and Hunter Green; and great-grandson Bentlee Green; brother and sister-in-law Charles and Debbie Gowder of Texas; mother and father-in-law Kenneth and Edith Curtis; special friends Steve Jensen, Richard Harpp and childhood best friend Randy Parsons; and host of other family, friends and especially his National Guard family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 29, at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, at Resthaven Memorial Park.

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