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610 S. Duncan St.
Stillwater, OK 74074
Phone: (405) 372-5550
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Charles Fowler

Charles Leonard Fowler

Sunday April 7, 1940 - Wednesday December 30, 2020
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Charles Leonard Fowler, 80, of Stillwater, OK passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. After more than a month of struggling with the complications of COVID-19, he died peacefully at his home in Stillwater, OK with his children by his side. His rosary service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church-Stillwater, OK. His funeral mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2021: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with interment following at Fairlawn Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles “Charlie” Fowler was born on April 7, 1940, in St. Paul, KS. Charlie spent his early years in Parsons, KS, where he graduated from Saint Patrick Catholic High School in 1958. It was two years later that Charlie started a 50-year love story with his sweetheart, Joann (Shields) Fowler. Charlie and Joann were married on July 2, 1960, and they had three children - Karen Cryer (husband Rudee) of Perkins, OK, Kevin Fowler (wife Kris) of Stillwater, OK, and Khris Fowler (wife Peggy) of Cushing, OK.

“Dad,” “Pops,” and “Charlie” were the names Charles Fowler was most affectionately called. He was a loving father to three children, a playful and energetic “Pops” to his 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and a friend and pillar of the community known by so many simply as “Charlie.”

Whether you were part of his family or meeting him at his home for one of the numerous family get-togethers or at an OSU or Stillwater sporting event, or visiting Consumers IGA for your grocery needs, your experience was one of a welcomed embrace and him earnestly asking how you were doing, all while giving you a firm handshake and great big smile. Every now and then, the responses he received during these greetings would bring out an iconic chuckle when he was surprised by a witty or funny reply!

Charlie is preceded in death by his wife, Joann (Shields) Fowler, father, Leonard Fowler, and mother, Frances (Coomes) Fowler.

He is survived by his daughter, Karen Cryer and husband Rudee of Perkins, OK, his son, Kevin Fowler and wife Kris of Stillwater, OK, his son Khris Fowler and wife Peggy of Cushing, OK, grandchildren, Foster Cryer and wife Lyndsey of Bentonville, AR, Maegan Long and husband Jermarcus of Stillwater, OK, Luke Thompson and wife Karli of Stillwater, OK, Lance Thompson of Midland, TX, Anna Fowler of Oklahoma City, OK, Will Fowler of Tulsa, OK, Kaylee Page and husband Mitchell of Cushing, OK, Karson Fowler and wife Katie of Yale, OK, Konner Fowler and wife Brett of Yale, OK, Hayley Fowler of Oklahoma City, OK, Laycee Fowler of Cushing, OK, and fifteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, James Fowler and wife Shirley of Bel Aire, KS, his sister, Betty Schettler and husband John of Parsons, KS, his brother-in-law, Alvin Shields and wife Twyla of Benbrook, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

From his upbringing in Parsons, KS, and his time in the army, Charlie learned quickly that hard work was a necessary part of building anything of value that will last. This was true of his 50-year marriage to his sweetheart Joann, starting a family, earning a living as a grocer, and eventually becoming a small business owner. These all took work, work that Charlie was not afraid to pursue; on the contrary, he quite enjoyed the journey that was required to see the fruits of his labor and love!

Most people know Charlie from his time at Consumers IGA, first as a manager for 22 years (1971-1993) and then as the owner and chief greeter for another 22 years (1993-2015). As you entered the store at 909 W. Sixth, you saw Charlie, silver hair, white shirt, pressed slacks, tie, and ear-to-ear smile front and center, ready for a handshake and warm greeting. The experience that many had as customers, one of feeling like you were welcomed, feeling like you were at home, or even just being acknowledged by a friendly embrace were earmarks of the kind of community impact that Charlie leaves behind, he loved Stillwater and the people that call Stillwater home!

Decades of Charlie’s service were recognized by being inducted into the Stillwater Hall of Fame and are marked by him intentionally meeting the needs of the community as a business owner, serving his family, supporting the local schools & institutions, and serving God as a parishioner of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Charlie’s love of this wonderful community extended in his avid support and love for OSU and Pioneer athletic teams! When he wasn’t wearing a pressed shirt and slacks, Charlie could be found sporting blue & gold or orange & black. He also had red in his attire, but don’t worry, this red was specific to his beloved St. Louis Cardinals, all other red attire was strictly avoided!

Charlie made it a point to sow seeds in the lives of his family, in the lives of those he was fortunate to lead as a boss, and in the lives of so many in this community. Although he prided himself on the work that he did as Charlie, the friendly, hometown grocer, it was the generational impact that he had as “Dad” and “Pops” that brought him significant joy. In the latter years of his life, he said “as you grow a little older, you realize without family, you ain’t got nothing.” The foundation upon which you knew, loved, supported, and interacted with Charlie were in the roots of his greatest legacy, his family!

The outpouring of love and support from this community, from Charlie’s community, have warmed and touched the hearts of his family as these are symbolic of a life well lived for others, a life intentionally invested over almost five decades in Stillwater, OK!

The family wishes to thank all of his friends for loving Charlie and his family so well in this season and in the 50 years that Stillwater has been home!

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stillwater Group Homes or SPEF (Stillwater Public Education Foundation).

“To my family and friends, Rest assured that we will meet again”
- Charlie
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
    Address
    711 N. Country Club Rd.
    Stillwater, OK 74075
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  • Service

    Monday, January 4th, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, January 4th, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
    Address
    711 N. Country Club Rd.
    Stillwater, OK 74075
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  • Interment

    Location
    Fairlawn Cemetery
    Address
    1123 East 6th Avenue
    Stillwater, OK 74074
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Janice Cox

Posted at 08:48pm
So sorry for the loss of Mr. Fowler. He was a true leader in our community. He always greeted everyone with a smile and treated you like an old friend. My dad spoke highly of him. May we each try to be a little like him every day. Kindness and compassion are his legacy.
KB

Karen B.

Posted at 12:43pm
Such a kind man. True customer service. Was always impressed that he would take our groceries out when he was the owner! Stillwater lost a great man and businessman. Always so kind and loved people. Prayers for the family.
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Ronald

Posted at 10:16am
To the Fowler family, Cara and I extend our heartfelt condolences for the loss of Charlie, one of the most revered members of the Stillwater community - ever. He was ALWAYS ready with a welcoming smile and friendly greeting, no matter who you were or how you appeared. He displayed a heart of gold to untold numbers!!! Truly, a legend in Stillwater. We hold your family in our prayers and ask God to hold you in the palm of His hands during this difficult time. Cara and Ron Beer
MP

Mona Pratt

Posted at 10:11am
I loved this man! We were in a club no one wants to be a part of (losing the loves of our lives) and we would talk about it frequently. He knew just how I felt.
Also, he would always ask me "how is our priest?"
I will miss you Charilie Fowler.
DS

Dina Schatz

Posted at 07:45pm
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
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