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Raymond W. "Ray" Rowan, 77

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Raymond W. "Ray" Rowan, age 77, of Hastings, died Monday, March 24, at United Hospital in

St. Paul after a brief illness.

Ray was born July 25, 1936, in Hastings, to John and Martha (Huberty) Rowan. He attended Hastings schools and graduated with the class of 1954. He married his high school sweetheart, Georgia Robinson, Sept. 10, 1955, at Guardian Angels Church in Hastings. They lived in various places around the country including Raleigh, N.C., Portland, Ore., Naperville, Ill., and Paletine, Ill. They moved back to Hastings in 1990. Ray was CEO and President of PRS, Inc. He was an active community volunteer and also in his church. He was a past Grand Knight of the Hastings Knights of Columbus Council 1600, and instrumental in the K of C Tootsie Roll Fundraiser.

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Ray was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Lois Rowan; and a brother John "Pat" Rowan.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Georgia; six children, Jean (Steve) Mattila, Ray (Linda) Rowan, Tim (Kay) Rowan, Mary (Michael) Kocak, and Pat (Mary) Rowan, all of Hastings, and Diane (Kelly) McCoy of Ellsworth, Wis.; 15 grandchildren, Lynn (Jennie) Mattila, Robert (Kelli) Mattila, Jesse Mattila, Rachel (Rob) Loeber, Tim (Katy) Rowan, Katie, Amy, and Annie Rowan, Michelle Kocak, Michael Kocak, Taya McCoy (Thomas) Larson-McKinney; Jim McCoy, Matthew Rowan, Dan Rowan (Kat) Watts -Rowan, and Joe (Brittany) Rowan; great-grandchildren are Tanner Mattila, Allison Loeber, Hunter, Cameron,and Lucas Rowan, Gibson McCoy, Jacob McCoy, Vanessa Rowan, and Athren Rowan; he is also survived by a sister-in-law Margie Rowan of Hastings.

Funeral Mass with Father Jim Perkl officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 Fifteenth St. West, Hastings. A visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m.Thursday, at the church. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery at a later date.

Pallbearers will be Ray's grandchildren, and honorary pallbearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus.

Arrangements were with Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419. www.caturia-smidtfh.com

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