- July 31, 1952 - December 2, 2012
- Meraux, Louisiana
of Lawrence's Passing
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“I served with bo at fort carson,colorado in 1980-1981.i was 18 he was 28.he lived off base with his buddy "big john"vermillion from pittsburg.I would...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: jay haugesag - mankato, MN
“Bo worked on my house after Katrina and did a great job. He took a lot of pride in his work. He brought me deer sausage when he went hunting. When Bo...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Carol Armour - New Orleans, LA
“I just found out that "my Bo" made his transition. I met Bo through my niece and immediately knew that he would be the ONLY person who would ever do...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Elaine Word - Berkeley, CA
“My Husband and I had the pleasure of getting to know Bo immediately after hurricane Katrina. For two years he was an instrumental part of our...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Dominique & Michael Magee - LA
“So terribly sorry to just learn of Bo's passing! We talked to him the day before his surgery and he was in the best of spirits as usual! He did...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Jeremy & Heather O'Neal - LA
“My dear uncle Bo, you have been such a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. You have taught me so many things over the years and have...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Heather Showalter - meraux, LA
“Our prayers are with the family - he will be missed. I meet Lawrence "Bo" Vestal at the little cafe in Oakley kansas & he became a good friend that...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Randy Condon - Littleton, CO
“WE WILL MISS YOU ALOT UNCLE BO BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS FOR YOU WAS SPECIAL TO ALL OF US AND YOU TOUCHED ALL OF OUR HEARTS YOU ARE SADLY...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: chris,kim&showalter family - LA
“BO YOU WILL BE DEARLY MISSED THERES NOT MANY PEOPLE LIKE YOU MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY
9 of 33 | Posted by: rose diket - neworleans, LA
“There was only one Bo and Ill sure miss him.
10 of 33 | Posted by: Dennis LaFaye - nashville, TN
“I will mess You my Favorite Uncle!!!
11 of 33 | Posted by: maxine marie vestal hernandez - KS
“We will miss you, Uncle Bo. You are in heaven without no pain. You will be our shinging angel in the sky. We will see you again in our next journey...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Sharon and Shane Sambola - LA
“I am going to miss you Bo! You will be greatly missed by everyone you crossed paths with! My memory of you will be forever in my heart! Love you! ...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Desiree' Hebert - Chalmette, LA
“We all have fond memories of Bo. He was there for all of us. Our children, brother in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, he loved everyone dearly. ...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Joe and Carol Riker - Columbus, KS
“A perception of a man is a funny thing,dont ever judge a man or group of men ,until you get to know them,this year I had the pleasure of spending the...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Dwayn Brooks - Fenton, MO
“Uncle Bo you will be greatly missed...
16 of 33 | Posted by: Rosa Vestal & Family - KS - Niece
“FDR wrote that December 7th was "a date shich will live in infamy." Well now this day will carry even more significance for us all. This date we lay...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Steven Showalter - Chalmette, LA
“You couldn't know a nicer or more generous man! We appreciate all the wonderful meals he cooked and the stories he shared! We looked forward to...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Zach, Megan, and Braelin Baugh - MO
“Will see you someday at heaven's deer camp, my friend.
19 of 33 | Posted by: Brian "Stump" Lemoine - LA
“I had the pleasure of doing some remodeling work with Uncle Bo. I will never forget that time spent with Bo and all the stories. You will be missed...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: DJ Mullis - Winnemucca, NV
“I had the pleasure of visiting "Uncle Bo's" house. The very first time there he showed me his garden and explained some about how he did it. I was...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Shaun Fulco - Sevierville, TN
“Prayers and thoughts to all family and friends of Bo. May God be with you through this difficult time in your lives.
22 of 33 | Posted by: Bill and Claudette Damron - KS
“Uncle Bo was a gift to this life. Anybody who met him would know this about him in a short amount of time. I have many memories that I will forever...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Tom and Rhonda Reid - Columbus, KS
“Lawrence Ray you will be missed. We loved to hear you tell jokes and laugh. And to be the auctioneer at our family reunions. They won't ever be the...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: Pam Wadlow Mossinghoff - MO
“I have many fond memorys of my uncle Bo growing up in northwest kansas,the many hunting and fishing trips were always enjoyable and there was always...Read More »
25 of 33 | Posted by: Kenneth W. Uhrich Jr. and Family - CO
“I didnt get to see or hear from you to often. but what i remember was always good and how you try to make everyone around you happy. I will remember...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Peggy Vestal - Garden City, KS
“GOD BLESS ALL WHO LOVE MY PRECIOUS UNCLE BO, WILL MISS HIM ALLWAYS.
27 of 33 | Posted by: REBECCA LYNN ASCHENBRENNER(UHRICH) - KS
“We are truly sorry and deeply saddened by the passing away of Bo, brother, uncle, friend!! He had very special relationships with all of us,...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Nick & Melinda Garrity - England, CA
“A good guy and a great fisherman.
29 of 33 | Posted by: George Smith - Slidell, LA
“Sorry to hear of the loss. He was a good man and I am glad I knew him.
30 of 33 | Posted by: Daniel Barrios - Houston, TX
“My condolences to the Vestal and Showalter families.I'm repeating what others have written when I say Bo was an incredibly generous and interesting...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Bill Currie - Bay St. Louis, MS
“THERE WAS ONLY 1 BO.NOBODY I KNOW COULD FILL HIS SHOES.NOBODY COULD OUT FISH ARE OUT HUNT HIM.HE WAS ALSO THE BEST COOK I KNOW,HE NEVER MADE ANYTHING...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: ELMER SELLERES - CEDAR HILL, MO
“I met Bo last year deer hunting in missiouri.I dont think I have ever met a person as nice as Bo. He was very generous to me, inviting me in to his...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: Joe Sobeski - Johnstown, CO
Lawrence "Bo" Vestal was born July 31, 1952 and died December 2, 2012. Bo was born in Oakley, Kansas and resided there for most of his life. He was the youngest child of Robert Vestal and Maxine Walker Vestal. He moved to St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana in 1992 after being discharged from the US Army. He retired from the Army where he was a mess hall cook and knew how to serve a lot of people. Anybody who ever met him will remember how he would feed all who came through his door or whoever happened to stumble into his deer camp. He was a great sportsman who could catch fish. His generosity was his greatest asset and whoever met him became an instant friend. He was a master carpenter in addition to being an excellent cook and he mentored many of us in the art of doing a good job. Bo would always say that if it was good enough to do then it should be done right. Many people in the New Orleans area were affected by his steadfast work ethic in the time after Hurricane Katrina when he was one of the first to return to the area and began the difficult task of rebuilding. He continued to work and help with home repair for Hurricane Isaac until the end of his life. He is survived by his sisters Dorothy Verlene Showalter of Meraux, Lousiana, Pat Bell of Oakley, Kansas, Carol Riker of Columbus, Kansas and his brother Gary Wayne Vestal of Liota, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert Vestal, sisters Peggy Uhrich and Lavona Vestal. He will be missed by all of us who loved him dearly and who knew that in a time of need Bo would be the first to lend a hand.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at ST. BERNARD MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Friday, December 7th from 10:00AM – 12:00PM, followed by a funeral service in Bo's memory beginning at 12:00PM. Burial will be private.