Charles Fowler, son of the late James Robert and Pearl Cecil Fowler, was born on Oct. 6, 1924, in Risco and died on Aug. 1, 2009, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston at the age of 84.
Mr. Fowler was a member of the Dexter Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving with the Ozark Division of the 102nd infantry in Germany during World War II. He was wounded in December 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart for his injury and dedicated service to his country. He was a farmer, board member of the Stoddard County drainage districts for many years, a member of the advisory board of Stoddard County Conservation Department and attended the Veterans Tour of Washington, D.C. in 2007.
On June 14, 1945, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Westmorlan in Kennett. Mrs. Fowler survives of their home in Essex.
Besides his wife, survivors include two sons, Mike Fowler of Bloomfield and Rick Fowler of Maryville, Tenn.; two daughters, Jeanie Kinsey of Herrin, Ill. and Vicky Walters of Gordonville; two sisters, Judy Rice and Madeline Westmorlan, both of Dexter; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Eugene Fowler, Glynn Wood Fowler, Denzil Fowler, Robert V. Fowler and Jerry Fowler; and two sisters, Inez Peterson and Faustina Fowler.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter.
Interment will follow in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with Clyde Jacques and Travis Quetermous officiating.