Don G. Bowles, 82, of Laporte, MN passed away at his home on November 27, 2019 from lengthy physical complications. Don was born on July 26, 1937 to Donald and Esther (Bjerre) Bowles, in Mpls, MN and graduated from Lakeville high school in 1956. While in high school Don joined the Navy Reserves and flew internationally until graduation when he entered into active duty serving on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. On October 21, 1961, Don married the love of his life, Virginia Carlson of Danbury, WI. To this union four children were born Wende, Rebecca, Shawn and Dale. Don served with valor and distinction on the Minneapolis Police Department from 1967 through 1988. He was also active in politics including a run for State Senate, and he loved fishing and hunting, spending time at the farm in Wisconsin and traveling. After retiring from the Minneapolis Police Force he and Virginia bought and operated Pine Beach Resort in Laporte MN until 2004 when they built their dream home and retired permanently. Don was an avid pilot flying his Cardinal 177 and later an Ultralite plane.
For the last several years Don was cared for by wife Virginia, grandson Cooper and special friend Corrina, grandson Cullen Olson, son Shawn Bowles, and dear family friend Megan Corrick enabling him to remain at home.
Preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Victor and Goldie Carlson
Don is survived by his wife of 58 years, Virginia, children Wende (Jeffrey) Miner of Maple Grove, MN, Rebecca (Dave) Jensen of Isanti MN, Shawn of Laporte MN, and Dale (Molly) Bowles of Isanti MN and son of his heart, Phil Kvamme, grandchildren, Amanda, Erik, Kyla, Amber, Elliott, Cullen, Cooper, Sydney, Delores and Sawyer and 7 great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings are Priscilla (Robert) Muttel of Windsor, CO, Cynthia (Reid) Bjerre of Minneapolis, MN and Bill (Jane) Bowles of Carmel, CA.
According to Don’s wishes, there will be no memorial service at this time. In the future, Don and his wife Virginia will be buried together at the Hillside Cemetery in Danbury, Wisconsin. Condolences to the family can be sent to Dennis Funeral Home, 200 Sixth Street South, PO Box 88, Walker, MN 56484. Arrangements are by Dennis Funeral Home, Walker, Minnesota.
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