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