Wayne Paul Stowman, 73, died November 30, 2019, at Martin North Hospital in Stuart, Florida.
After a seven-year battle with inoperable cancer, he entered Heaven to meet his Savior and reunite with his grandparents, parents, two sisters and many relatives and friends.
Wayne was born in 1946, the year his parents, Omer and Pauline Stowman, bought a telephone cooperative in Rothsay. After high school, he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics and physics education at Moorhead State College (MSUM).
He married Gerri O’Neill of Olivia, in 1972 and taught high school for 16 years in three countries including Canada (13), Australia (2) and the U.S. (1).
In 1988, he moved his family home to the U.S. and worked for Rothsay Telephone Company Inc., until his retirement and sale of the business in 2016. As a snowbird, he spent three winters on Nettles Island in Jensen Beach, Florida, and enjoyed three summers at his cabin on Big Cormorant Lake in Lake Park.
Wayne was a patient man who excelled at teaching. In addition to mathematics, he taught his children how to skate, ski, sail, windsurf, snorkel, water-ski and drive.
His patience made him a great builder. He always had a “project,” and the ones he completed include a hydroplane, sailboat, cedar-strip canoe, cabin at Rocky Lake in Manitoba, Canada and numerous improvements at homes in Manitoba, Minnesota and Florida.
He received excellent care at cancer centers in Fergus Falls, and Stuart, Florida, and helpful consultations at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and Jacksonville, Florida.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Gerri, of Jensen Beach, Florida; his seven children, Daniel (Tina) Stowman of Fargo; Leanna (Kevin) Dau of Northfield; Angela Stowman of San Francisco, California; Xandra Stowman of Jensen Beach, Florida; Karena Stowman of Moorhead; Shawna Stowman of Bismarck, North Dakota; Nathan Stowman of Moorhead; and three grandchildren, Caleb, Zoe and Addison Stowman of Fargo.
Other survivors include brothers, David (Judy) Stowman of Detroit Lakes, and Paul (Mary) Stowman of Rothsay; sister Dawn (Dwight) Lysne of Wilmington, North Carolina; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
His favorite aunt and uncle, Carol and Dean Sorum, live in Moorhead. One of his fondest memories was being ring bearer at their wedding on his seventh birthday.
He was predeceased by grandparents, parents and two sisters, Mary Ellen and Dorothy.
Memorial service is December 28, 1 p.m., at CrossRoads Church in Fergus Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Our Daily Audio Bible, The Gideons International, Tamar’s Voice or The Hope of Survivors.