July 24, 2023 at 1:25 a.m.

Memorial service for Jim Talen July 28 in Rochester

James Lowell Talen, of Rochester, died peacefully at age 88, the

morning of July 14, 2023.

Jim was born March 4, 1935 in Ogilvie, Minnesota to Clarence and

Anne (Minnema) Talen. As a child, he moved to

Eyota in 1939 when his father accepted a position

with the Farmers State Bank of Eyota. His family

later moved to Rochester and, in 1950, to

Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Jim attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids,

Michigan where, in a Shakespeare class, he met his

first wife, Joyce A. Kooi. They married the year he

graduated, in 1956. Jim and Joyce moved to Ann

Arbor, Michigan where Jim attended the University

of Michigan Engineering School, earning a MS in

electrical engineering. He then worked at the University of Michigan

Radio Telescope as a researcher. Throughout his life, he loved maps,

space, and aviation, and passed along those interests to his sons and

grandchildren. In 1970, he earned an MBA from the University of

Michigan and accepted a position at IBM as a financial analyst at the

East Fishkill Plant in New York. In 1972, he and his family moved to

Rochester, and he served as president of the Eastwood Bank until 2010

and chairman until 2015.

Jim served on various committees and boards for the First Presbyterian

Church and several banking industry organizations in the Upper

Midwest. He loved music, had a passion for photography and enjoyed

running 5K races well into his 70s. Jim also loved fishing and taught his

children and grandchildren how to fish. Jim cared deeply for all those in

his community; his laugh and smile were infectious.

In addition to his second wife, Patricia Keith Talen, survivors include

two sons, Bruce L. (Greta) and David J. (Lynn); four grandchildren,

Julia, Peter, Haley, and Brooke; one brother, Gerald; and a sister, Arlene


His parents, Clarence and Anne; a brother, William; and a sister,

Alice Hertel preceded him in death, as well as his first wife (Joyce).

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2023 at

First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St. Southwest in Rochester. Visitation

will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The Rev. T.J. Parlette

will be officiating. Inurnment will be at the First Presbyterian

Church Columbarium.

Memorial gifts are suggested to First Presbyterian Church or a local

charity of the donor’s choice.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Talen

family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.


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