John Carlton (Jack) Fowler

John (Jack) Carlton Fowler

AGE: 92 • Lincroft

John (Jack) Carlton Fowler, 92, of Lincroft, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. He was the husband of Dorothy Loraine (Petzold) Fowler. Born in Long Branch, he was the son of the late John H. and Kate (Sickles) Fowler and was a graduate at Middletown High School class of 1939.

He served honorably in the Army during World War II. He was machinist for U.S. Army at Fort Monmouth for over 30 years, retiring in 1978. He then served the citizens of Middletown as the Township's Combustibles Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer until his retirement in 1986.

His career as a volunteer firefighter began in 1945 when he joined the River Plaza Hose Company Number 1. He moved to Lincroft in 1952 when they bought their home on Spring Garden Road and immediately joined the Lincroft Fire Company. He served the Lincroft Fire Company for 62 years in all capacities as an Engineer, and firematic line functions to include three years as Chief of the Middletown Township Fire Department in serving as Chief in 1962-1963. He continued his service to the fire company as a delegate to several Monmouth County and New Jersey firematic organizations till June of 2011. He served the citizens of Monmouth County as an Assistant Fire Marshall for 9 years and an instructor for the Monmouth County Fire Academy. Jack was an active member of the NJ State Fire Chief's Assoc. He served as active member of the Lincroft First Aid and Rescue Squad joining October 6, 1968 for 15 years.

He was a past member of the Long Branch Ice Boat and Yacht club. Jack was an honored brother of the Masons in Navesink Lodge #9 for over 65 years.

John is predeceased by his parents, brother, William and sisters, Doris Schmidt and Edna Tober. In addition to his wife of 68 years, he is survived by three sons, Richard and his wife Patricia of Eatontown, John E. and his wife Carol of Lincroft, and Dennis; five grandchildren, Theresa, Stephanie, John E. Jr., Samuel and Daniel; 1 great-grandchild, Michael and his sister, Ada Carhart of Middletown and sister-in-law, Jerry Smith of Juno Beach, Florida.

A special thanks to his care giver, Esmie Henry, who was a friend and kept him comfortable over the past year and a half.

Jack will be truly missed by friends and family.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. & 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 15, with a fireman service at 7:30 p.m. at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at the funeral home, with a fire honor procession to follow. Interment will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Lincroft Fire Company, P.O. Box 23, Lincroft, NJ 07738-0023. Please visit John's memorial website available at

Funeral Home

John E Day Funeral Home
85 Riverside Ave Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 747-0332

Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 14, 2014