Ralph B. Fowler

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TRAPPE — Ralph Bowen Fowler of Trappe passed away peace­fully in his sleep with fam­ily by his side on June 18, 2016, at Cor­sica Hills Nurs­ing Home in Centreville. He was 79.

Born in Eas­ton on Feb. 3, 1937, the son of the late Ray­mond Arthur Fowler and Vir­ginia McKee Fowler.

Ralph grew up with his fam­ily in the small vil­lage of Sher­wood, which they later moved to Eas­ton in 1954. He grad­u­ated in 1955 from St. Michaels High School and later joined and served in the Na­tional Guard. Dur­ing his life­time, Ralph went to work with his fa­ther, Ray­mond Fowler, who at the time man­aged and op­er­ated Fowler’s Sunoco Sta­tion for over 30 years on Dover and Aurora streets in Eas­ton. When his dad re­tired, Ralph fol­lowed in his dad’s foot­steps and took over man­age­ment of the busi­ness. For nu­mer­ous years, he also worked as a car sales­man for Hal­low­ell Chevro­let and other deal­er­ships in the area. Later, he went on to op­er­ate his own gas sta­tion, Fowler’s Amoco on Washington Street for ap­prox­i­mately 10 years. He also man­aged a Citgo Sta­tion on Route 50. He went on to work for Eas­ton Lowe’s and then Kun­kle’s Auto Parts for quite a num­ber of years when he fi­nally stopped work­ing.

When young, he en­joyed sail­ing his small boat in Sher­wood, along with fish­ing and crab­bing in other wa­ters. He loved work­ing on cars, fix­ing things in his garage and in the yard. His fa­vorite pas­time was NASCAR rac­ing. Ralph was a big fan of Dale Earn­hardt Sr. and Jr., and en­joyed watch­ing all of their races. He was an an­i­mal lover and had nu­mer­ous pets over the years.

Ralph is sur­vived by his wife, Shirley Tow­ers Fowler; his sons, Ray Bowen Fowler and Ryan Pa­trick Fowler; step­daugh­ter, Reese Ann Nank; grand­daugh­ter, Kelsey Raye Fowler; sis­ter, Dianne Fowler Cron­shaw and her hus­band Don­ald Mor­ris Cron­shaw; nieces, Michelle Rae (Cron­shaw) Austin and Tracey Mor­ris (Cron­shaw) Wies­berg; and sev­eral cousins.

The fam­ily would like to ex­press their thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the won­der­ful nurses, aides, and other staff who cared for Ralph dur­ing his stay at Cor­sica Hills Nurs­ing Home.

There will be a Cel­e­bra­tion of Ralph’s Life planned in Au­gust. Please check the fu­neral home web­site later for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion of the date, time and lo­ca­tion.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily asks that memo­rial do­na­tions be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

On­line con­do­lences may be made at www.fh­n­fu­neral home.com.

RALPH B. FOWLER

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