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1944 James 2022

James Lee Bowman

December 1, 1944 — June 17, 2022

James Lee Bowman, 77, of Max, Nebraska, passed away Friday, June 17, 2022, at his home.

Most people knew James as Jimmy or Jim who was born in Arvada, Colorado. He had a humble upbringing in Arvada. Jim was very close to his grandparents, Edna and Joe Bloomer. Jim’s first wife was Sandra Kay Harner, and to this union, two children were born, Angie and Lisa. Unfortunately, Sandy passed away from Cancer. In 1981, Jim married Karen in Las Vegas, NV. Karen had three girls, Suzann, Orana, and Julie. Jim accepted Karen’s girls as his own and never passed up a chance to spoil them. In Jim’s early years, he served in the Army, was in Vietnam, and served in the National Guard as a medic. Jim worked for various trash companies in Denver. Jim had many interests and was always busy; he rode dirt bikes, hunted and enjoyed riding his Honda motorcycle with Karen. He loved fishing, camping, old country music, old westerns, and Elvis. Jim was the Supervisor of Sanitation Department of the City of Northglenn and retired after 27 years. After Jim retired, he and Karen moved to Max, Nebraska. Jim worked for Bill Cawthra and Dundy County to keep busy. Karen joined the Red Hatters, and Jim was always building or creating something red and purple for the ladies. He also pulled the float in several parades. He didn’t waste any time making friends either. Jim and Karen both worked hard on the local fish fries and attended all the fun activities, including the Dundy County Fair and local concerts in the park. Jim served as Vice President of the Max Community Club and took pride in grooming the garden and mowing other Max residents’ lawns and his property. Every Christmas, he decorated his house and property. In their retirement, they loved to go fishing and they spent countless days at the lake. Jim and Karen loved their family and always welcomed visitors whether they knew you.

Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Karen; daughters, Suzann (Jason) Bacon-Taylor of Thornton, CO, Orana (Robert) Wood of Durand, WI, Julie (Jeff) Paine of Northglenn, CO; grandchildren, Lucas (Nathalie), Aaron, Branden, Audrey (Michael), Arionna (Kyran), Larissa (Collin); great-grandchildren, Bella, Brielle, Abylina, Elijah, Cato and Clara; brothers, Kenny (Patty) Bowman, David Bowman, Barry Bowman; and one sister, Dianne Diaz (Basilio); close friend, Gary Davis; many special nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie; grandparents, Joe and Edna Bloomer; his parents, Cleo and Elwanda Bowman; and his first wife, Sandy.

The family would like to thank the Max Community for their love and kindness.

A luncheon to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Max Club in Max, NE.
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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Max Community Club

, Max, NE 69037

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