Ralph B. Fowler
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