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Larry E. Bollman, age 75, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with cancer and Parkinson's disease.
Larry was born on November 28, 1941, in Coffeyville, Kan, the son of the late Raymond W. and Grace (Tilton) Bollman. He attended Electronics Technical School, in Wichita, Kan. and Pueblo, N.M.
He married Maxine Drummond on August 13, 1961, in rural southeast Kansas, and together they raised two children.
He was a member of the Prairie Flower Bible Church.
Larry (cb handle, "Ramblin' Boy"), worked as an owner/operator truck driver, until health would no longer allow it. Starting in his youth on the Bollman Dairy, Larry drove and appreciated many makes and models of trucks through the years. However, he was always partial to the cab over, CAT powered tractors. For the bigger part of his career, he drove for Cyrus Truck Line, pulling tankers and hauling fuel to the Yellow Freight yard, in Baxter Springs, Kan. His mechanical and mathematical knowledge allowed him to always work on his own equipment, which he enjoyed. He and Maxine also enjoyed western swing dancing while traveling in the Southwest and Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maxine Bollman, Joplin; one son, William Bollman and wife, Angela, Carthage, Mo.; one daughter, Sabreana Kassner and husband, Wally, Stark City, Mo.; and three grandsons, Tye, Cody, and Cooper Bollman.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Prairie Flower Bible Church, in Webb City, Mo. Pastor Dave Ernst, (assisted by Matt Cawyer) will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow the service at Edna Cemetery, in Edna, Kan. On Larry's final run, (over the same route he drove for years), he will be joined by a tribute convoy of semi trucks.
Memorial contributions may be given to Cal Farley Ranch, of Amarillo, Texas, in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on October 21, 2017
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