Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Joseph C Bowen, Age 80 of Wayzata, MN passed away on November 8, 2022.

Joe was born on December 28, 1941 to Dutch and Jeanette Bowen in Sidney, Ohio. He was raised on the family farm in Wooster, Ohio.

He graduated from Cornell University where he was captain of the light-weight football team and president of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Post college, he joined the peace corps and served in Tanzania, Africa and later, he went on to graduate school at the University of Missouri.

It was at Mizzou that he met the love of his life, Barbara A Bowen.  They were married for 55 years and have two children, Derek and Jennifer.

Joe had a distinguished career in the grain business that lead him to MN where he lived for 40+ years.  He worked at International Multifoods, Bunge Corp and served as president of the Minneapolis Grain Shippers Association.

Joe’s greatest joy was his family including his four grandchildren. He raised polled purebred shorthorn cattle, played rugby and tennis, coached countless teams and cheered on his children.  He loved to travel, visit his extended family and play bridge. He was an active member at Messiah Church and a member of the MN Shorthorn Association.

Joe was predeceased in death by his parents, Dutch and Jeanette Bowen. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Bowen, son Derek (Christina) Bowen, daughter Jennifer (Anthony) Edmonds; grandchildren Megan, Dani, Maggie and Finn and siblings Peter Bowen, Jane Edwards and Susan Shultz.

Services will be held at Messiah Church in Wayzata, MN on Tuesday, 11/22. Visitation at noon and service at 1:00.

Private family graveside services will be held in Wooster Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family with local arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

1 Comment

  1. My best memories of Joe were at Wayne Local. He was always kind and compassionate. He befriended me for which I have always been thankful.


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