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Friday, January 5, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., with a Masonic Service at 6:00 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Spencer Creek Baptist Church.
Officiating: Rev. Bob Hoehn.
Music: Sharon Hoehn - pianist; Donnie Gibson - organist; Kevin Morris and Deanna Divins - soloists.
Interment: the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Jared Lewis, Jason Lewis, Mark McDowell, Bruce Fowler, Jared Hopke, and John Fike. .
Honorary Pallbearers: Lee Gore, Mark Alexander, Gaylord Winders, Alvin Fowler, Glenn Fowler, Jeff Wright, Bryan Evans, Jim Evans, Jerry Gibson; Church deacons: Lucas Gibson, Donnie Gibson, Kurt Childs, and Tim Culwell.
Harold Calvin Fowler passed away at 8:20 p.m. Monday, January 1, 2018 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico. He grew up in the rural Vandalia area and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1945. Harold served his country in the U. S. Army at the end of World War II with two enlistment terms. After returning home, he began farming the family farm in rural Ralls county. He and his wife, Virginia, moved to town in 1992, but Harold continued to work on the farm until 2013. Harold was an active member of the Spencer Creek Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and treasurer. In 2016, he received his 50-year pin from the Missouri Grand Lodge for being a member of the Vandalia Masonic Lodge #491 and he was a lifetime member of Vandalia VFW Post 2173. Harold served on the Ralls County Extension Council, the FHA Board, the Liberty Community Association, the Ralls County 4-H Fair Board and was a 4-H Junior Leader. He enjoyed farming, woodworking, square dancing, and playing cards. He also enjoyed spending time at the coffee shop. Harold's family meant so much to him. He was an adoring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Harold loved his church, his pastor, and his extended family and friends. Harold and Virginia took many vacations with their children, Gary and Vickie. In his later years, he enjoyed collecting toy tractors. Despite losing his vision many years ago, Harold persevered and continued to do what he could on the farm and at home. The Veterans Home in Mexico did a wonderful job taking care of him.
Born: May 3, 1927 in rural Vandalia, the son of Oliver Lindsey Sherman and Jessie Francis (Winders) Fowler.
Married: Virginia Ann Fike on February 19, 1950 in Perry; she survives at the home.
Survivors include: wife, Virginia of Vandalia; one son, Gary C. Fowler (Leslie) of rural Vandalia; one daughter, Vickie A. Lewis of Huntsville; five grandchildren: Jared R. Lewis (Katie) of Lee Summit; Jamie L. Fowler (Heather) of Columbia; Lindsy A. Alexander (Mark) of Kansas City; Jason A. Lewis (Whitney) of Greenwood, Missouri; Kelsy L. Fowler of Vandalia; seven great-grandchildren: Ben, Vivi, Asa, Nora, Silas, August and Leah. Also surviving is one sister-in-law, Amy Fike of Lowell, Arkansas.
Preceded in death by: parents; two brothers: Gilbert Wayne Fowler (Lois) and Donald L. Fowler (Margaret); mother and father-in-law, Hamilton and Willie Fike; brother-in-law, Lyndel Fike.
Memorials are encouraged to the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico or to the Vandalia YMCA Project
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