Larry G. Vail

Larry G. Vail, 86, passed away on Aug. 7, 2019 at the Hospice House in Rapid City.

Larry Gene Vail was born on Feb. 25, 1933 at Bowman, North Dakota. He enjoyed his grade school years at Star School and graduated from Bowman High School in 1951.

Larry attended Wahpeton State School of Science until he was called into the Army. After two years in the Army, Larry returned home where he worked for Bowman Implement.

In 1955 he met Barbara Blackmore, a teacher from Leeds, North Dakota, and they were married on July 27, 1957. Larry and Barb recently celebrated 62 years of marriage.

After their marriage, Larry returned to and graduated from Wahpeton State. During the next several years, he worked for Electrical Cooperatives in North and South Dakota. In 1967 the Vails moved to Rapid City, SD where he worked for 27 years at West River Electric.

Upon his retirement, Larry loved traveling with Barb in their motor home and motoring around on his Rascal scooter. He enjoyed his coffee group, and his memberships in the American Legion and E.A.A.

Awaiting Larry in Heaven are his parents, Jack and Bernice Vail; father and mother-in-law, Gordon and Gladys Blackmore; son-in-law, Glen Emler; and sister, JoAnne Fisher.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; daughter, Patti (Harvey) Miller and granddaughter, Amber; daughter, Laurie (Heath) Lowry; brother, Lanny (Carol) Vail; brother-in-law, Jerry Fisher; beloved cousins, niece and nephews.

Graveside services are set for 11:00am Wed., Aug. 14, 2019 at the Bowman Cemetery, with a luncheon to follow at the Assembly of God Church in Bowman.

Friends may sign Larry’s online guestbook at

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