Arthur "Bryce" Sowards, 82, longtime resident of Rapid City, SD and current resident of Pine Bluffs, WY, went home to his heavenly father on January 9, 2023 at Davis Hospice in Cheyenne, WY after his nearly ten year battle with cancer.
Bryce was born on October 29, 1940, to Harriet and C. Ed Sowards. Growing up Bryce enjoyed working with horses on the ranch with his father. He graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1959 and attended Black Hills State University after High School.
On August 3rd, 1963, he married Darlene Powell in Caputa, SD. Bryce and Darlene went on to have two sons, Mauryce and Carroll.
During his life Bryce worked at the beef/sheep unit of the SDSU Research Station in Buffalo, SD and as an electrician for the City of Rapid City before going full time into ranching and milking cows. He then drove tour buses for Black Hills Greyline and retired as a school bus driver and teacher's aid in the Special Education Department for the Rapid City School District.
Bryce had a true passion for horses, ranching and haying. One of his proudest achievements was being awarded for logging 250+ horseback hours with the AQHA Riding Program after his retirement. During his lifetime, he rode over 100 different horses and he could name almost all of them. Bryce was proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He also shared his passion for livestock as a long time 4H eader. Bryce had a longing for music, especially the older gospel hymns. Bryce was never afraid to share God's word and his relationship with Jesus Christ with people he met.
Bryce was preceded in death by his parents and wife Darlene Sowards. He is survived by his son Mauryce and his wife Orsi of Fishtail, MT, Son Carroll and his wife Christine of Burns, WY, Brother Dean and his wife Carol of Caputa, SD, Brother Wayne and his wife Michael of Clark, CO. His Grandchildren, Cody and his wife Michelle, Dustin and his wife Eden, Jessica Willert(Sowards) and her husband Cordell, Colton and his wife Emily. Along with his four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Crossroads Community Church on January 13, 2023 at 1pm with a graveside service to follow. In Lieu of flowers, those that wish may donate to the Crossroad Community Church building fund.