BISMARCK — Longtime North Dakota legislator and agricultural advocate Bill Bowman died over the weekend.

Bowman was at a retirement home in Killdeer, N.D., when he died Saturday morning, Aug. 15. He was 75.

From 1991 to 2018, Bowman represented North Dakota's 39th District in the state Legislature, where he served on the Human Services and Agricultural Committees and vice chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee during multiple sessions.

Before his time in the North Dakota statehouse, Bowman was a farmer and U.S. Army veteran. In the late 1960s he was stationed at an Army base in Hawaii, awaiting deployment to Vietnam, when his father died in a farming accident. Immediately, Bowman returned home to work on his family's ranch in Slope County.

Last year, Bowman was awarded North Dakota State University's Agribusiness Award for helping to establish the school's Research Greenhouse Complex, Beef Cattle Research Complex, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and research extension centers around the state.

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His funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Bowman United Methodist Church in Bowman, N.D.