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R. Lewis Bowman, 90, a 50 year resident of Bisbee, AZ, succumbed to a brief acute illness at Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital on 11/16/2014. As a rodeo cowboy, cattleman, insurance and real estate broker, sherriff's officer, and culminating as an author of the "Bumfuzzled" books, Lewis led a life with no regrets. His writings and cowboy quips honored those western unsung heroes who helped shape this country in the early 20th century. Sadly, our world is now without another of his special breed.

Preceded in death by his wife, Barbara in 1994, he is survived by his two sons David (Nancy) and Doug (Carolyn) and his long time loved one, Mary Leighton, all of Tucson, AZ. His sister, Rhetta Wilson of Payson , AZ and her family continue to be a source of pride and enjoyment. His deceased sisters, Cleo Hevelone and Pat White, have families who continue in their productive lives in Arizona.

As his stay at the hospital was so short, he almost pulled off the universal cowboy code of dying with his boots on. Had it not been for some arcane ICU dress code, he likely would have realized this dream. Although federal and state regulations may have prevented the Justin Boots motif, he would have had a not too kind opinion of another worthless bureaucratic intrusion.

Preferring a good robust spring with filaree and mesquite beans over flowers, Lewis would request donations be made in his name to the Charles W Leighton, Jr. Hospice, 524 W. Maley Pl., Willcox, AZ 85644.

Services will be held, starting with a visitation and reception, Friday Novemeber 21, 11:00-1:00, with the service presided over by a favorite nephew, Dave "Tim" Cordaro, at the Carr-Tenney Funeral Home, 2621 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ. Interment will be at the Double Butte Cemetery, 2505 W. Broadway, Tempe, AZ. A "Celebration of Life" will be planned for a later date.