Daniel E. Sowers, age 84, of Vernon Center, died Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Pathstone Living in Mankato.

Memorial Service 11:30 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2019 at Grace United Methodist Church, Vernon Center. Visitation will be from 10-11:30 a.m., Friday at the church. Private family interment will be in Vernon Center Cemetery. Mankato Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Dan was born July 20, 1935 to R. Sumner and Cleo May (Sayre) Sowers in Mankato. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1953 and attended the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture for 2 years. He served in the National Guards. Dan married Harriet E. Becker on September 7, 1963 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Vernon Center. Dan worked on the family farm which was established in 1866, raising livestock and primarily row crops, and he was a member of NFO and Farmer's Union. Dan had successful Vigortone and Renk Seed dealerships along with a grain roasting business.

Dan was a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church where he served on several church boards. He served as a Wellcome Memorial school board member and Wellcome Memorial Alumni Association member. Dan was a MN Fastpitch Hall of Fame Inductee. He played on fastpitch teams that won the State Tournament in 1968 and 1971 and coached state championship teams 20 years later. Dan helped build a church softball league in Willow Creek, Amboy, Garden City, and Vernon Center. He was a Ping-Pong Senior Olympics participant and belonged to many bowling leagues.
Dan is survived by his wife of 56 years, Harriet; three sons; Nathan (Joan) Sowers, Bryan (Deb) Sowers, and Jason (Nicole) Sowers; six grandchildren, Bryanna, Dyllan, Collyn, Allison, Isaac, and Jacob; two brothers and three sisters; David (Bettie) Sowers, Marilyn Vialle, Zada Belgard, James (Lucy) Sowers, and Julie (Tom) Keller; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents; Cleo and Sumner Sowers, in-laws; Elaine and Arlo Becker; sons, Mark and Darin; brother-in-law, Lee Belgard and sister-in-law, Dorothy "Dottie" Sowers.
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Nancy Zallek
Sep 13, 2019
Secret Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Daniel "Dan" E. Sowers by Nancy Zallek.  Send flowers
Steve and Jodi Roelofs
Sep 12, 2019
Sorry to hear about Dan spent so many coffee breaks with Dan ,Dave Toft, my Dad, Mom , Charly , Hank ,Ted, Joe Brandts and others who wanted to talk pigs and feed, Dan and Dave sent us in a new positive direction to feeding pigs , we thank you so much
Marsha Othoudt
Sep 09, 2019
Was friends with Dan and Harriet for years. Babysat their kids. Such a wonderful family. Dan was always so outgoing and friendly. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Sep 09, 2019
Blooming Garden Basket was purchased for the family of Daniel "Dan" E. Sowers.  Send flowers
Sep 09, 2019
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Brad Schwarz
Sep 09, 2019
Was a neighbor of the Sowers family for many years. I spent a lot of time at their farm playing with Dan and Harriet's sons. Great family and Dan will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you all.