Robert Bob Mitchell Fowler

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Robert "Bob" Mitchell Fowler

September 30, 1926 - March 03, 2019

Robert Bob Mitchell Fowler Robert Mitchell "Bob" Fowler was born to Louise and Dock Fowler on September 30, 1926 in Grapeland, TX. He, his parents and his sister Eloise later moved to Houston where Bob graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1943. The next day he joined the Navy at 17 years old after getting written approval by his father. He served as a deep-sea diver in World War II until the war was over, and he returned home. Bob then took a job with an oil company in Odessa, TX. After a few days of digging ditches in the heat of the summer, he knew there must be a better way to make a living. He returned home and enrolled at the University of Houston. While in college he married a young widow, Agnes Caldwell, who had two small children, Judy and Randy. The children were soon adopted, and the Fowlers became a family of four.

After college graduation, Bob's first job was with American General Insurance Company in Houston. He then moved his family to Louisville, Kentucky to work for John L. Wortham and later became Director of Insurance for Texas Gas Transmission. He stayed with Texas Gas until his retirement in 1985. The Fowlers then moved to their new home in Elkins Lake where they enjoyed golfing, bridge, and making new friends until Agnes' untimely death.

In 1989 mutual friends introduced Bob to Yvonne Parkhill, also a widow. They married in 1990 and began a second blessed marriage for almost 30 years. Bob and Yvonne enjoyed playing golf, traveling, playing bridge and being with their many friends and family. They loved gardening and won Elkins Lake Yard of the Month several times. Bob loved children and was called Pepa by all his seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He was very close to his grandchildren and taught them how to hunt, fish, drive a car, and to grill the best filet in Texas.

Bob was a man of faith and very devout in his beliefs. He followed God's law, and he did not hesitate to teach his children and grandchildren to follow God's law and the "law of the Republican Party." He was loved by many and will be deeply missed. He would help any of his friends at the drop of a hat and served his friends with his good humor and laughs.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Louise and Dock Fowler, sister Eloise, and wife Agnes. He is survived by his wife Yvonne Parkhill Fowler, son Randy and his wife Barbara, daughter Judy Hope and her husband Kim, son Steve Parkhill and his wife Lisa, daughter Diane Smith and her husband Mark. Grandchildren Heather Singleton and her husband Michael, Amy Fowler, Lisa Fowler, Jennifer Smith, Leah Protz and her husband Gregory, Alyssa Mattiza and her husband Dustin, and Walker Parkhill.

A special thanks to Paloma Almanza and Maria Gonzalez for their years of care-giving and friendship to Bob.

A celebration of Bob's bountiful life will begin on Saturday, March 9th with a 1:00 pm visitation followed by the 2:00pm funeral service at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to be made to Cal Farley's Boys and Girls Ranch, 600 W. 11th Street, Amarillo, TX, and/or First Baptist Church, 1229 Avenue J, Huntsville, TX 77340.
Published on March 6, 2019
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Tracey H.
Mar 07, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Yvonne, Judy and family. Bob was a wonderful man and he will be truly missed.
Bruce and Rebecca Reber
Mar 06, 2019
A mentor and one of the finest gentleman I have ever known. Bob hired me in 1977 and taught me both work and life skills. Rebecca and I so enjoyed our visits with Bob and Yvonne. There are many stories to tell about and his devious but fun loving sense of humor. We will miss him greatly. We love you Yvonne.