NEW ULM - Paul Bowar, 68, of New Ulm died Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the 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 PM Monday and 7:30 - 10 AM Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 PM 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, South Dakota, Joanne Ernster of Emery, South Dakota; and by brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Jan Bowar of Winner, South Dakota, Joseph and Susan Bowar of Phoenix, Arizona.
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, South Dakota to Joseph and Doris (Pueppke) Bowar. He was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Mitchell, South Dakota, he then attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and received his Bachelors degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota and then his Masters degree in Student and School Counceling from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. Paul was united in marriage to Pat Jirsa on July 1, 1965 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell, South Dakota.
Paul taught school at St. John's Catholic School in Jamestown, North Dakota, St. Leo's Catholic School in St. Paul and then was a councelor 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.