NEW ULM - Paul Bowar, 68, of New Ulm died Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm with Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrating the Mass. A private family interment will be held on Wednesday.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday and 7:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.
Paul is survived by his children and grandchildren, Deb and Jeff Johnson and their children Shannon, Benjamin, Trisha, Marissa and Brianna of New Ulm, Kristin and Dan Trudeau and their children Max and Alex of Minneapolis, Tony and Kristina Bowar and their children Kyra and Kade of Burnsville, Kim and Lee Kruger and their children Ali and Ty of Duluth; sisters and brother-in-law, Joyce and Jon Graves of Sturgis, S.D., Joanne Ernster of Emery, S.D.; and by brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Jan Bowar of Winner, S.D., Joseph and Susan Bowar of Phoenix, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and by infant twins, Laurie and Larry Bowar.
Paul Joseph Bowar was born June 24, 1943 in Mitchell, S.D. to Joseph and Doris (Pueppke) Bowar. He was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Mitchell. He then attended Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and received his Bachelors degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., then his Masters degree in Student and School Counseling from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.
Paul taught school at St. John's Catholic School in Jamestown, N.D., St. Leo's Catholic School in St. Paul and then was a counselor at New Ulm Junior High School from 1971 to 2001 where he coached baseball and basketball. He was named teacher of the year in 2001. Paul moved to Eagan in 2007 and then moved back to New Ulm in 2010. He loved baseball, reading and most of all spending time with his grandchildren and family.
In lieu of flowers, the Bowar family would prefer memorials to establish the Paul Bowar Scholarship Fund at New Ulm High School.