RICHARD L. FOWLER

RICHARD L. FOWLER -- BRISTOL - Richard L. Fowler passed in his sleep early Saturday morning, Jan. 19, 2013, in Porter Hospital, Middlebury, after a heroic battle with pneumonia at age 92. He was born April 3, 1920, in Canton, Mass., and later moved to Stoughton, Mass. Richard served with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at Fort Devens, Mass., on the fire and logging crews from the late '30s until joining the Army Air Corps. From 1942 to 1945, he served as an airplane and engine mechanic and crew chief at Chanute Field, Ill. In the late '40s, he met and married Jessie Low and they moved to Randolph to begin their family. On Randolph Avenue, they raised sons, Ken and Duane, and daughter, Janet. Richard worked as a electrician for Lee Flint, did small engine repair, and was the projectionist at the Randolph Playhouse movie theater with wife Jessie. In 1965, the family moved to East Middlebury, when Richard joined the Electrical Department of Middlebury College. He retired in the '80s, and continued to live in East Middlebury and later Orwell. He spent his last years within the loving care of Robin Gorton and extended family of Bristol. His family continues as son, Duane and wife, Cathy Fowler, and grandkids, Duncan and Hope, of East Middlebury; daughter, Janet and husband, Joseph Dumas, of Gadsden, Ala., granddaughters, Kari and husband, Larry Ashcroft, of Greenwich, N.Y., and Kelly Bessette of Glencoe, Ala.; and one brother, Clifford and wife, Amy, live in Stoughton, Mass. He was predeceased by wife, Jessie; son, Kenneth; and brothers, Harold and Donald. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Middlebury Congregational Church. The Rev. Andrew NagyBenson will officiate. Family and friends may call on Tuesday evening, Jan. 22, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the SandersonDucharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main Street, Middlebury. Arrangements are under the direction of the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, www.sandersonfuneralservice.com. Memorial gifts may be sent to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 21, 2013