Robert C. Fowler
Bob Fowler, 85, died on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at his home.
He was born on June 18, 1927, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Everett and Hermagene Fowler. When Bob was a teenager he moved to Faith to live with his Aunt and Uncle Harold and Marion Palmer (deceased) who were instrumental in teaching Bob unconditional love. Bob joined the Navy at 17, stationed primarily in Biloxi, Mississippi. When honorably discharged from being in the Atlantic Fleet on a tug-boat, Bob returned to Faith. He worked on his Uncle Harold's ranch working with cattle and sheep, moving into construction as a heavy-equipment operator. He worked hard and played hard. At the early age of 27 (1954), Bob joined ALANO Society and never looked back. He fell in love with Wynonna Marsh, and they were married in Faith on June 8, 1955. They shared 57 years together. Wynonna and Bob had 5 children together and enjoyed moving around the mid-west, eventually settling in Rapid City. Bob found his niche as a long-haul truck driver, and loved every mile he drove on the road for 50 years. He enjoyed a very long career retiring not until he was 81 years young.
His giggle and laughter was an integral quality and a natural attribute, making laughter his life-long signature-piece. He laughed often and we all laughed with him at his views of that very funny moment. With unquestioned integrity, Bob was a loyal husband, father and friend who had our back and you could trust that he would always be there for you. It takes a complicated man to live such a simple life.
Survivors include his wife, Wynonna Fowler, Rapid City; children, Rhonda (Milt) Wright, Garold (Pam) Fowler, Sharon Fowler, Sandra (Paul) Slifker, and he helped raise Shar LaRee Fowler, his granddaughter, and foster-daughter, Cher DeMarrais. He is also survived by his sisters, Pat White (Iowa), Ann Taylor (Nebraska); sisters-in-law, Naomi DeBerry (Texas) and Saundra Post (Idaho). Bob and Wynonna have 12 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren together.
Preceding him in death are his parents, good friends and in-laws Gabe and Maxine Marsh, and his son Bobby.
Christian Wake Services, with Rosary, were held Monday, Nov. 19, at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Rapid City.
Mass of Christian Burial was offered at 1:30 PM Tuesday, Nov. 20, at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church.
Inurnment was held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials may be made to Alano Society, or Daisy House, in Rapid City.
Services are under the direction of the Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City.
Friends may sign the online guest register at www.osheimschmidt.com.