Darrell Kaye Dowden, 88

Darrell Kaye Dowden, 88, of Fairchild, Wisconsin passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side March 7, 2021.
Darrell was born on September 16,1932 in Mondovi, Wisconsin to Fred and Della Dowden.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, June of Fairchild, Wisconsin, his three daughters: Julie (Tim) Johnson of Northfield, MN, Helene (Dave) Johnson of Ely, MN, Barb (John)Mann of Hugo, MN, and son Dean (Tammie) Dowden of Tower, MN. Five grandchildren: Luke Johnson of Blaine, MN, Ryan Mann of White Bear Lake, MN, Alyssa Soukup of Stillwater, MN, April Toro of Bradenton, Florida and Darrell Dowden of Superior, WI and five great-grandchildren.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, his Brothers Lee Dowden and Russ Dowden, and his sisters June Myers and Betty King.
Darrell graduated from Mondovi High School in 1950.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Darrell earned a Bachelor degree in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
He then earned his Masters in Science Education and Chemistry with a minor in Meteorology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Darrell taught Chemistry at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas for two years.
He then moved to Eagles Nest Lake #3 and taught Chemistry and Meteorology at Vermilion Community College in Ely, MN from 1967 to 1987.
While at VCC, Darrell started several weather stations. He authored a book on Chemical Tanning of Furs and hides published in 1978.
Darrell was an avid outdoorsman and bow hunter and founded the North Country Archers in Ely, MN.
He was a founding member of Ducks Unlimited in Ely and Tower.
Darrell loved to fish and was a skilled trapper. He made fur hats.
Darrell was a maple syrup producer in Wisconsin for many years.
A small private ceremony will be held Thursday, March 11 in Mondovi, WI. Burial will follow in Downing, Wisconsin next to his Mother.
Any cards can be sent c/o Helene Johnson PO Box 22 Ely, MN 55731