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Charles Fowler 1939 – 2019

Charles Fowler, 79, passed away in Ennis, Texas on Monday, February 18, 2019. Charles was born in Ennis, Texas on February 28, 1939, to Dorsey and Vivian (Whitfill) Fowler. He grew up in Alma and graduated from Ennis High School in 1957. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1973. He served in the US Army as a Combat Engineer in Germany from 1963-1965. He worked as an Engineer until retirement in 2004. Throughout his career, he worked for multiple companies. While at National Cash Register, he received a patent on an electrical interconnection device. At Bell Helicopter he was part of the development of the V-22 Osprey aircraft, and at Boeing Airplane Co., he was part of the engineering team on Air Force One. He also worked on diesel engine development for the M1 Abrams tank at Cummins Engine, and on the early development of the calculator for Texas Instruments. On April 23, 1966 he was married to Beate Gruschke of Nuremberg, Germany at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Ennis, ultimately moving and raising a family in Wichita, Kansas. In retirement he moved back to house he grew up in Alma. He enjoyed working as an Engineer and on his home, and spending time with loving family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and keeping bees. He is survived by his daughters: Sabina Luu, her husband David Luu, and Barbara Fowler and her fiancé, Chris Lamb; son, Harold Fowler, his wife Heidi (Ripley) Fowler and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Benjamin Fowler; and his brother, Don Fowler. He is preceded in death by his parents. Visitation were held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis with Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial were held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Saint John Nepomucene Catholic Church of Ennis. Interment followed in St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc. Memorial contributions may be made to New Melleray Abbey, 6632 Melleray Circle, Peosta, Iowa, 52068. www.jekeevermortuary.com

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