The Life of Wilbur C Fowler

WILBUR C. FOWLER MCDONALD – Wilbur C. Fowler, 81, passed away at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Mr. Fowler was born July 2, 1932, in Lodi, the son of Frank and Frances Rouse Fowler. His family, who made their living at farming, eventually moved to Stow. Wilbur graduated from Stow High School in 1950. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 45th Infantry in active combat during the Korean War. His service record includes the award of a Purple Heart. After Korea, Mr. Fowler, then a Sergeant First Class, served as an instructor at the U.S. Army’s Fort Benning Military Reservation in Georgia. Mr. Fowler met and married his wife, the late Victoria Fowler, in 1954 and the couple settled in Cuyahoga Falls. For a year he worked in heavy construction and was part of a crew that built a section of the Ohio Turnpike just east of the Cuyahoga Valley. From 1955 to 1965, Mr. Fowler was a detective with the Pennsylvania Railroad, working out of the railroad''s Cleveland office and then the Youngstown offices and station after moving his family to McDonald in 1959. In 1965, he began employment with Copperweld Steel in Warren, in the company''s plant protection, ambulance and fire division, a job that included a commission as a Trumbull County Deputy. He worked for Copperweld Steel for 30 years. Since 1965, Wilbur Fowler was active in Freemasonry, both as a member of the William Farr Lodge in Girard and, after taking his Scottish Rite degree, the Youngstown Masonic Temple as well. In 1996, he was awarded the Masonic Ohio Council of Deliberation''s Meritorious Service Award. He is survived by his son Douglas A. (Diana Ludwig) Fowler of McDonald; and a sister, Maybelle (David) Ulm of Mogadore. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son, Jeffrey W. Fowler; sister, Doris Sinley; and brothers, Raymond Fowler and Frank Fowler. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 8, at 11 a.m., at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. A Masonic Service will be held on Sunday at 6:45 p.m. Interment will take place with military honors at Greenhaven Cemetery. The family requests that any material contributions be made to the Scottish Rite Learning Center or Crossroads Hospice of Akron. Visit to view this obituary and to send condolences to the Fowler family.

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