Mr. Gary Delton Fowler, age 77, of Salem, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, October 25th at Meadow View Health Care and Rehab. Mr. Fowler was born October 30, 1945, in Dawson, Alabama, the son of Leslie and Dorthy Long Fowler. He was a retired United States Army Master Sergeant. Gary was a Baptist by faith.
Gary was preceded in death by his wife; Patricia Petrey Fowler, his daughter; Tabitha Fowler Woods, a sister; Patricia Fowler Anderson, and his parents. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law; Gary and Amy Fowler of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, six grandchildren; Wesley Springer, Nikki Fowler, Don Woods, Isabella & Alysandra Chen & Tricia Lowell, and one great granddaughter; Ryan Springer. His brothers and their spouses; Ed & Donna Fowler of Dalton, Georgia and Greg & Deborah Fowler of Ringgold, Georgia and lots of nieces and nephews.
Over the twenty years he served in the military, he retired out with a decorated career within the Army. He served in the Korean War at the age of seventeen, became an E5 at the age of eighteen. He graduated from the seventh infantry division, drill sergeant school, Army NCO Academy, and the British Jungle Warfare School. He was a combat tracker and a team commander. He served three years at the Pentagon in the National Military Command Center and three years with NATO in Europe. Accomplishments from the Army include the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Civil Actions Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Campaign Stars, Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Overseas Bars, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Commendations Medal, Drill Sergeant Badge, Professional Development Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge, a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 31st at 2 PM at Weathers Funeral Home. Burial services will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 AM till time of service.
The little man on the corner of High Street in the yellow house has gone fishing now. All burdens are now laid to rest. I served my country for 20 years and I have seen and done things that have caused me many tears, but the love I had for my country gave me a life I wouldn’t trade for anything. So when you pass the yellow house on the corner and give a small wave just know that this little man loved his country and fought for you. I am fishing in heaven now.