Clarion Kowalski, 89

Clarion Leonard Kowalski, age 89 of Buffalo, formerly of Delano, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

He was born Nov. 7, 1932, to Leo and Amelia (Osowski) Kowalski in Walsh County, ND.

Clarion grew up on the family farm outside of Stephen, MN, and graduated from Crookston, AC.

He enlisted in the Army and served in Korea, being Honorably Discharged at the rank of SP3 (T) Aug. 2, 1955.

He met the love of his life at a dance, and six months later, they were married. Clarion and Marie made their home in Delano and raised their three children.

Clarion was a skilled craftsman, building many homes in the Delano and surrounding areas. He was very proud of his work and continued to build and fix with his hands long after retirement. He was a sports fan, outdoorsman, and natural helper — especially on the farm. Clarion was a proud grandfather and great-grandfather who loved spending time with and cheering on “his kids.”

Clarion was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Amelia Kowalski; six sisters, one brother, and many beloved family members and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marie; children Brad (Mary) Kowalski, Debby Hughes, Jeff Kowalski; ten grandchildren: Leslie (Derek) Swedberg, Alyssa (Mason) Markee, Laura (Eric) Rasmussen, Vanessa (Mad) Prendergast, Gared (Jenny) Twigg, Kristine Kowalski, Sheryl Kowalski, Chad (Ana) Kowalski, Taylar Skinrood, Olivia Kowalski; nine great-grandchildren: Blake, Brynn, Halle, Crew, Landon, Cameron, Maeve, Elliod, Finley; brothers: Francis (Shirley) Kowalski, Dennis (Marlys) Kowalski; sisters-in-law: Mary Kowalski and Patricia (Brian) Gruis.

Mass of Christian Burial will occur at noon Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, St. Peter’s campus in Delano, MN.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and continue from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, all in St. Martha’s Hall of the St. Peter campus.

There will be a 7:30 p.m. prayer service Monday evening. Interment with military honors will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Delano, MN.

Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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