Dallas Loren Bowron, 107, Luverne, died peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.
A memorial visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. Burial will be at a later date at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Rock County Historical Society, Generations (formerly known as Luverne Senior Citizens), or the Maplewood Cemetery Association.
Dallas Loren Bowron was born on Sept. 7, 1914, to John and Pearl (Simmons) Bowron in Hector. The family moved to Magnolia when he was age one. He attended and graduated from Magnolia High School in 1932. Dallas then attended Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
On Nov. 24, 1937, he married Minerva Aanenson at the home of the minister in Milbank, South Dakota. The couple lived in Magnolia and then moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where Dallas worked for 2½ years at the stockyards in sales, bookkeeping and in the alleys. The couple moved back to Magnolia in 1939 and began farming. Dallas mastered the art of private livestock trading in sheep, cattle, and horses. He also farmed crops. Through his livestock experience he introduced the first Charolais cattle to the area in 1958. In 1981 the couple retired and moved to Luverne after 42 years on the farm.
When not farming, Dallas and his wife enjoyed dancing; many friendships were created as the couple traveled to local dance halls. Dallas was a charter member of the Rock County Cattlemen’s Association. He enjoyed classic country music and polka bands, farming with his son, visits from his daughter, following the activities of his four granddaughters, and was a devoted husband to his wife in his retirement. He was blessed to have lived as a “super-ager” and celebrated his 90th birthday with his own private dance and went skydiving.
Dallas is survived by his daughter, Judy Bowron of Plymouth; his son, John (Jeanne) Bowron of Luverne; four granddaughters, Emily (Joshua) Crabtree of Luverne, Alison (Derek) Chinn of Alexandria, Johnna (Jeff) Ahrendt of Luverne, and Jessica (Jason) Oye of Luverne; eight great-grandchildren, Connor, Madison, and Colby Crabtree, Spenser and Maxwell Chinn, Hunter and Morgan Ahrendt, and Corynn Oye.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Minerva; an infant son; and a sister, Barbara.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, hartquistfuneral.com.