Lawrance Joseph Bachman died surrounded by family Sunday, July 11, 2021. Larry Joe was born to Leo and Loretta Bachman, on or about September 25, 1950. We say “on or about” because Larry was adamant that his mother and his birth certificate were both incorrect and that his birthday was actually September 24th. While there may be some legitimacy to that story, we all know that Larry sure didn’t mind doubling up on the birthday wishes.
In 1970 Larry joined the US Marine Corps and proudly served his country in Vietnam, earning the National Defense Service Medal and the Rifle Marksman Badge.
Larry married the love of his life, Gloria Jean Tushka, and together they raised their four boys. The Bachman Boys, led and encouraged by their dad, are still well remembered as one of the most notorious gangs of 5- to 11-year-olds to ever bike the streets of Broken Bow.
Larry was an epic Dad. If his boys were playing on a little league team, he was coaching it. If there was a sport they wanted to learn, he was teaching it, whether he knew how to play or not. This may have led to more than one pole vaulting misadventure.
Larry had a heart for service and his desire to help others did not end with his time in the Marine Corps. Serving over 20 years on the Broken Bow City Council, Larry was a fierce advocate for his community. He valued his seat on the City Council and he cherished the opportunity to serve alongside his fellow council members as they worked to improve this city that he loved so dearly. Larry was also a member of the Broken Bow Christmas Council, Broken Bow Fire Department, and was a beloved little league coach.
Larry was a long-time employee of Pruett’s Food and was honored to hold the position of Director of Meat and Seafood for the Pruett’s Food Corporation. He cherished his work family and it brought him great joy to be able to continue to work these past few years. He loved going to work. He loved the art of the deal and loved telling stories about just how good of a deal he was able to make. Larry never met a stranger and was a notable and well-loved member of the grocery community.
Without a doubt, the greatest joy of Larry’s life, second only to his love for Gloria, was the love he had for his grandkids. The nine Bachman grandkids have been fortunate to know, at least once in this life, the great, unconditional love of a grandfather. His grandchildren never left a visit, a holiday, or a conversation, without hearing “Poppa loves you.” Larry loved spoiling his grandbabies and all his family. He was the ultimate family man, and nothing made him happier than to have his boys and their families surrounding him. The legacy he leaves, is his family. His boys will honor their father by continuing to love one another, just as he loved each of them.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Rick and Doug Bachman, his sister Sharon Bachman, and his beloved Daughter-in-Law Ashley Bachman.
Celebrating his life and continuing his legacy are his beloved wife Gloria, whom he cherished above all others. His sons and daughters-in-law, Dewayne and Jennifer Bachman, Jeremy Bachman, David and Jahni Bachman, and Richard and Autumn Bachman. His grandchildren, Jace, Teagan, and Bode, Casen and Ava, Dawson and Brooke, and Ariana and Brentlee. He also leaves to cherish his memory his much-loved gang of early morning coffee drinkers from Bunch’s.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at the Bunch-Singleton Funeral Home.
Celebration of Life Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, July 15, 2021, at the First Assembly of God Church in Broken Bow, OK, with Bro. Jimmy Jeter officiating. Interment will follow at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Broken Bow.
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