Arthur “Kenny” McKinley Bowling, Sr., 66 of Horace, ND, passed away December 29, 2015 Fargo, ND from complications of a prolonged illness.
Born August 10, 1949 Pike County, Kentucky to Manson Nicholas Bowling and Alice Bartley Bowling. He joined the Marine Corps November 19, 1969 and served in Vietnam and was medically discharged. April 10, 1970 he was joined in marriage to Johnnie Joann Scott in Ann Harbor, Michigan. They resided in Chicago, Illinois where he worked as a mechanic for AmCo Transmission. They had two children: Arthur McKinley Bowling, Jr. (Pele) and Tia Joann Bowling Kuntz (Kyle).
After the passing of his mother-in-law in 1979, Martha Ann Scott, the family moved to Devils Lake, ND where he worked as a mechanic for Stout Ford and then ND Department of Transportation which eventually led to him becoming a heavy equipment operator for the ND DOT. In 1994 Kenny and Johnnie moved to Fort Campbell, KY where he worked as an over the road driver for James Helwig and Son then Paramount Tour Transportation and Entertainment from 1995 to 2001 where he returned to North Dakota. He soon began working for Asplin Excavating in 2001 until his health made it impossible for him to operate the heavy equipment safely in 2014.
He was very proud to be a member of the Fraternal Order of Masons in Devils Lake in the late 80’s into the early 90’s. He was active in the lodge, reaching Master of the Lodge; he was also active in the International Order of Rainbow for Girls being Rainbow Dad for multiple Worthy Advisors; he also assisted with initiating the International Order of DeMolay for Boys in Devils Lake.
He dabbled in hunting and had multiple favorite hunting partners from his best friend, Gary Hagen to his son-in-law, Kyle Kuntz. His last year hunting, November 2007, he found that walking in cattails was not very fun for an old fart but he got a good size buck on his last go round. He decided that he was done hunting and would just enjoy the spoils of others. His other interests included watching movies, TV, bowling, shooting with his son, collecting pottery, and tall tales (especially the ones he made up!) He was a very friendly man with a great sense of humor; he loved his southern heritage and food; he loved his family and was very proud of his son and daughters accomplishments; he was extremely loyal to his family; a hard worker; and he adored all of his grandchildren.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Johnnie of Horace, ND and their children, Arthur M. Bowling, Jr. (Pele) Denver, CO and daughter Tia Kuntz (Kyle) Davenport, ND; grandchildren Arthur M. Bowling, III, Ariel Tobolaski (Brendon), Alexandra Bowling all of Fargo, ND; Nicholas Kuntz and Allison Kuntz of Davenport, ND; brothers Billy Bowling, Mike Bowling, and Randy Bowling (Crystal) and one sister Lorraine Bowling all of Pike County, KY; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Manson and Alice Bowling and two half-brothers.
Memorial Service to be held Saturday January 2, 2016 at his home residence 2:00 to 6:00 for family and friends to share memories, good music, food, and healing.
The family would like to thank Horace 1st Responders, Cass County Sheriff Dept, FM Ambulance, Essentia ER staff, and Boulger Funeral Home.