James A. Nowlan, age 67, of Twin Bluffs, Minnesota, died Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at his home surrounded by family and friends.
James Allyn was born February 24, 1945, to Darrel and Jane (Staublin) Nowlan in Winona. Growing up he attended school and graduated from Winona High School. Following his high school graduation he continued his education for two years at Minnesota Southeast Technical College in Winona.
On October 25, 1969, he was united in marriage to Sandra K. Kuklinski in LaMoille, Minnesota. This union was blessed with one son, William.
James proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army for 42 years. During his time in the Army he served in Germany, Korea, and Italy. He also served as a military technician in Wabasha and Fort McCoy. He was mobilized in support of OEF and OIF and retired from Active Duty in 2006. James was a member of the La Crescent American Legion Post #595.
He was employed with Warner & Swasey, which is now known as Badger Construction, for 20 years. James was a faithful member of Central Lutheran Church, served as the President of Bluff Country Chapter of MDHA and taught gun safety for over 30 years. In addition, James served on the Homer Ridge Cemetery board and was involved in the reconstruction and upkeep of the cemetery.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sandra of Twin Bluffs, Minnesota; son, William “Billy” Nowlan of Dakota, Minnesota; siblings: Gene (Sue) Nowlan of Anchorage, Alaska; Nancy (Jim) Dorn of Portland, Oregon; Donn Nowlan of Holmen, Wisconsin; and Patricia (Joe) Polma of Waynesville, North Carolina; his beloved golden retiever, Bocce; other extended family and many friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, David Nowlan.
Memorial service will be Monday, October 29, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Central Lutheran Church in Winona, with Reverend Michelle Rem officiating. Visitation will take place Sunday, October 28, 2012, from 2-5:00 p.m. at the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home in Winona as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. Full Military Rites will be provided by the American Legion Post #595 after the service at the church.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona.