Duane Bowen, 87, of Black River Falls, died Tuesday August 9, 2022 at his home. He was born March 27, 1935, in Black River Falls to Glenn and Frances (Dunnigan) Bowen. Duane married Darlene Jaqua on June 27, 1970 in Minneapolis.
Duane graduated from Black River Falls High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from Montana State University. His career spanned 30 years teaching at Alexandria Technical Community College in Alexandria, Minnesota. On retirement from teaching, he returned to Black River Falls in 2001.
Duane was active with a variety of activities in retirement. He was director of the Neighborhood Food Pantry for five years, volunteered for Interfaith CareGivers, BRMH Hospice Program and Jackson Correctional Institution. He entertained Pine View Care Center residents with organ programs for several years. Duane had been the organist at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church since 2002. Duane was a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, National Education Association, America Vocational Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Duane is survived by his sisters, Colleen (Michael) Peterson of Ham Lake, MN, and Jane Rand (Jim Nortman) of Black River Falls, WI; nieces, Jill (Jason) Anderson of East Bethel, MN, Nina (Matt) Rihn of Madison, WI, and Chica Janicki (John Larson) of Osseo, WI; nephew, Brett Peterson (Heidi Kerry) of International Falls, MN; furthermore, he is survived by three great-nieces and two great-nephews.
He is predeceased by his wife, Darlene and her parents, and his furry companion Tipper.
The Christian burial mass will be held on Monday, August 22, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Father Arivu will officiate. Family and friends are welcome for visitation at 10:00 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow immediately at Riverside Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorials may be donated to Interfaith Caregivers, BRMH Hospice and Jackson County Animal Shelter.
Buswell Funeral Home is helping the family make arrangements, 715-284-2231.