Carrol L. Bovee, 93, passed away peacefully on Oct. 20, 2018, in Mount Vernon, Washington.
He was born Dec. 16, 1924, to Frank and Effie Bovee and was raised on a farm north of Powell. He attended Powell schools and graduated from Powell High School.
In his early 20s, he was a guard out at Elk Basin. He later farmed north of Powell, then became a mechanic at Brodrick Chevrolet. He then bought Sitton Concrete and later changed the name to C & J Precast. He later expanded the business to Kalispell, Montana, with Flathead Concrete Products. In 1994, he retired and moved to Casper, Golden Valley, Arizona, and Mount Vernon, Washington, but stayed busy doing odd jobs. He touched many lives through business and driving the school bus on Heart Mountain for many years.
On Feb. 8, 1944, he married Bette Lee, to which they had four children — Dan, Deborah, Beth and Laure. They were married for 20-plus years and later divorced. He then married Judith Wintermote on June 1, 1975. She had five children from a previous marriage — Vince, Kitty, Kelly, Lisa, and Reed — which he helped raise.
He loved many things throughout his long wonderful life, including weekends at the cabins, fishing in the Beartooth Mountains, and from his boat on Yellowtail and Buffalo Bill Reservoir. But his greatest joy was his family, his grandkids and great-grandkids.
Carrol was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Effie Bovee; brothers Les Bovee and Bob Bovee; and his wife Judy.
He is survived by his son, Dan (Sheri) Bovee of Mount Vernon, Washington; daughters Deborah (Jay) Kaseman of Mercer Island, Washington, Beth (Jim) Pierre of Yorkville, Illinois, and Laure Hillman of Mt Dora, Florida; eight grandchildren, Jody Noerenberg, Jenny Martin, Jay Krause, Dylan Bovee, Daniel Abbott, Tyler Hillman, Brenton Hillman and Darin Hillman. He also was blessed with 10 great-grandchildren.
Stepchildren include Vince Wintermote, Kathrine “Kitty” (Jim) Bughman, Vernon “Kelly” Wintermote, Lisa Wintermote, and Reed (Kimberly) Wintermote; plus step-grandchildren Matt Wintermote, Derek Wintermote, Andrew Bughman, Cody Bughman, Emily Bughman, Reece Wintermote, Connor Wintermote, and five step-great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service is being planned at a later date.