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FOWLER, WILLIAM EDWIN April 6, 1932 to Jan. 23, 2013 William Edwin Fowler of La Mesa, California, died on January 23rd, 2013 at the age of 80 years. Known mostly as Bill, he was born on April 6th, 1932 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Bill graduated Central High School in Ft. Wayne in 1950. He is a veteran of the Air Force, serving four years during the Korean Conflict before continuing college. He graduated Indiana University in 1959 with a Bachelor's in Economics. Bill's primary career path was working with computers: specifically Data Processing. He started his career in the Air Force, working with computers from the start of the 1950's to the end of the 1980's. He worked for the County of San Diego for 27 years as a Senior Systems Analyst, retiring December 1987. Bill is survived by his wife Phyllis Anne Fowler: maiden name Berning. They would have celebrated their 59th Anniversary on February 2nd. He is also survived by four of his five children: Elizabeth Anne Taylor, John Scot Fowler, Teresa Sue Collins and Jeffry Eric Fowler. He is predeceased by his eldest son Glen Edwin Fowler, who died in 2008. Bill is also survived by five grandchildren: Sarah, Amy, Daniel and Matthew Taylor, and William Collins. Bill loved to travel, from the Sunday drive to globetrotting, but especially on long trips with the family in the RV. One of those trips lasted seven weeks going from San Diego, CA to Nova Scotia, Canada and back. The thing he treasured most was spending time with his family, either on the road or at home. Bill loved to read, do crossword puzzles and play all manner of games, from card to board, from pool to ping pong. He never lost his inner-child, playfulness, and the ability to see humor in all things. He had a big heart, and maintained a jocular spirit until the end. Bill was a life-long, dedicated Christian, and spent much of his time, treasure and talents in the service of his church: St. Luke's Lutheran Church of La Mesa. Military Honors will be held at Miramar on Friday, February 8th at 1:30 p.m. The church memorial will be held at St. Luke's Lutheran on Saturday, February 9th at 2 p.m. Bill will be remembered fondly, and missed dearly, by all who truly knew him.

Published in U-T San Diego on Feb. 3, 2013
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