OBITUARY

James A. Fowler

May 8, 1923October 2, 2011

James A. Fowler, 88, passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2011, at VNA Charlier Hospice Center, surrounded by his family. He was born in Spurgeon, IN, on May 8, 1923, to Normal and Ruth Fowler. He was married for 58 years to Emilyann (Combs) Fowler, who preceded him in death in 2009. He is survived by their five children, Catherine (Dennis) Renner, Diane Fowler, Susan Fowler, Sarah (Mark) Aiton and David (Donna) Fowler; grandchildren, Kate (Alex) Fulton, Elizabeth Sickman, Amanda and Kyle Aiton; step-grandchildren, David Renner, Brandon Renner, Brigitte (Ryan) Ruth, Brittany Verville, Amanda (Calvin) Lundy and Andrea Grewe; great-grandchildren, Victoria Fulton, Lillian Siebers, Addison Verville, Ava Brookens; sister, Aline Pate; nephews, Jeff (Tina) Pate, Brad (Cindy) Pate, Jon Fowler; and his beloved dog, Nell. He graduated from Evansville College in 1950 and received his MBA from the University of Evansville in 1972. He served in the US Army during World War II. His career began as a teacher at Bosse High School, then on to Burch Plow Works and he retired from Mead Johnson/Bristol Myers after 33 years. James truly was a “faithful servant” with his life-long service to others. He dedicated his life to his family, friends, church and community. He was involved in over 60 years of service with the United Methodist Conference and specifically to Trinity United Methodist Church. For over 35 years he served as the Republican Precinct Committee Chairman for the Vanderburgh County Election Board. His passion for serving others was illustrated by his participation on boards, committees and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, United Methodist Youth Home and Santa Claus Campground. He lived the Habitat Motto, “Love is something you do,” by his long time participation with the Habitat “Wednesday Crew.” James was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Bill Fowler. The family would like to thank Doctor (and friend) Tony Stephens and the OHA staff for enhancing their dad’s “quality of life” these past eight years. Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, October 6, 2011, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 SE Third Street, officiated by Rev. Al Amstutz, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue, and Thursday from 10:00 AM until service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 SE Third Street, Evansville, IN 47713; Habitat of Evansville, 1401 North Fares Avenue, Evansville, IN 47711; or United Methodist Youth Home, 2521 North Burkhardt Avenue, Evansville, IN 47715.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

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MaryAlice Springer

October 16, 2011

Susan and family,
Please accept my sincere sympathy; Jim was a dear person and so very helpful to me in my time at MJ. I am glad I knew him and the original "Emily" of Vincennes. Prayers for all of you.

Christy Finecy

October 11, 2011

We've lost another great man. Jim was a kind and gentle soul. Granddad Charles (Ludwig) always enjoyed spending time with him. My heart goes out to all of the family.

Lee Ann Cash

October 10, 2011

OH Cathy! I'm so very sorry. You and the whole family are in my prayers. I just looked through all the pictures and I know they'll give you blessings for years. But, you don't need the pictures to remember your parents, I know. God bless you all. If I can do anything, don't hesitate! I love you Twin!
Lee Ann

Jarmon Perkins

October 7, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

October 6, 2011

Diane and Cathy, I'm sorry I missed the obit for your father. I remember our Evansville College days with fondness. He was a prince of a gentleman. Eulalie Wilson

October 6, 2011

Dear Cathy, Diane, Susan, Sarah and David,
Can you just imagine the bridge game in Heaven between our parents! We were truly blessed to be raised by such wonderful parents! Well done, good and faithful servant, Mr. Fowler. Love and prayers from Memphis to all.
Peggy and Bruce Glaser

October 6, 2011

Susan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your parents while growing up at Trinity. Now my parents and your parents are having a church reunion! Prayers for all.
With sympathy, Virginia Hargis Alldredge

Bert Talbott

October 6, 2011

Your Dad and I met fifty plus years ago through our work in The Methodist Church. We attended the Men's Retreat at Rivervale,served at District Lay Leaders and as long-time lay members of our Annual Conference. He was always an inspiration and friend to me. I shall miss him. His life was a beacon of hope for many and a wonderful example of living the Christian life. May God continue to bless you and your family.

David Shelby

October 6, 2011

Susan, blessings to you during this time. From many of your friends at Wesley, our prayers are with you this day.

October 5, 2011

Dear Susan and family,
We are all blessed to have had a great and loving man here with us on this earth for 88 years. You were especially blessed to be his natural family, while we had the privilege of knowing him as a part of God's family. If only the world were full of such men. We are thinking of you and will keep you in our prayers as you remember his life and miss his presence. We love you and know that all is truly well with your parent's souls.
Love always, Larry and Heidi (Elkton, Maryland)

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