Lawrence “Larry” Bowhuis, age 76, died September 11, 2017 at Spectrum Hospital. He
was born on November 25, 1940 to Bernard and Frances (Hansen) Bowhuis.
Larry graduated from Central High School and from cook school at Fort Lee, VA then
served ten years in the Army National Guard and Army reserve. He was a very active
member of Blessed Sacrament parish where he was a Eucharistic Minister, parish
council member and a Cursillo representative, along with a member of Knights of
Columbus Bishop Plagens Council 3104 where he was Grand Knight. He was also
founding Grand Knight of Blessed Sacrament Council 13391, fourth degree Knight in
Bishop Edward D. Kelley Assembly where he was a Faithful Navigator and Color Corp
Commander. Larry also volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul, the Grand Rapids Home for
Veterans, an avid bowler, bridge player, hunter, fisherman and member of the Gaelic
League of West Michigan. He was also an avid reader. Larry was well a kind, generous
person who was well loved. He will be remembered in a rosary and a Knights of
Columbus Honor Guard.
On April 20, 1963, he married MaryAnn Rasmussen who, along with his parents,
preceded him in death. He is survived by three sons: Lawrence Jude “LJ” (Bobbie)
Bowhuis of Howard City, MI, Patrick (Barry Stradtner) Bowhuis of Mishawaka, IN and
Christopher (Tracy) Bowhuis of Waynesville, MO., four grandchildren: Mary (Brian)
Waltermeyer, Curtis “CJ”, Jessica and Christina Bowhuis, two great grandchildren and
six siblings: Gerri (Ted) Simons, Barbara Glenboski, Linda (Bill) Carlon, Patricia
(Charlie) Steen, Mary (Ed) Ochalek and Bernie (Karen) Bowhuis.
Visitation will be held at the Heritage Life Story Funeral Home Van Strien, Creston
Chapel, Plainfield Ave., on Thursday, September 14 th . from 2-4pm and 6-8pm where a
rosary will be prayed at 7:30pm. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Blessed
Sacrament Parish on Friday, September 15 th . at 11am where he will lie in state from 10-
11am. Followed by Military Honors. Private burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery
in Grand Rapids, MI. Contributions may be made to the Grand Rapids Home for
Veterans or Blessed Sacrament.