Richard Harper “Richie” Fowler, age 62, of Louisa, Virginia, died Saturday, November 8, 2014, at his residence.
Born April 23, 1952, in Marlinton, he was a son of the late Virgil Harper Fowler and Nina Hazel Sparks Fowler.
Richie grew up in Hillsboro, where he attended the United Methodist Church with his family.
He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was a man of many talents, including carpentry and mechanic work. He built an extraordinary home in Louisa, Virginia, where he lived for the past 36 years. Richie’s greatest pleasures were working as a farm manager for Chuck Myers, where he built a spectacular round house on the property. He also managed a farm in Somerset for Tom Pownall for six years, where he enjoyed buying cattle for an intensive experimental feeding program.
Richie loved riding his Harley Davidson and loved fishing on the Greenbrier River in Seebert. He suffered from crippling back pain for the past 10 years and fought lung cancer bravely to the end.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Nina Marie Conner; and a step-son, Craig Dilley.
He leaves behind his wife and soul mate, Patricia Fowler; a son, Dustin Harper Fowler; two brothers, William Fowler, and wife, Cynde, and Michael Fowler, and wife, Donna; a sister, Sharon McClendon; neph-ews, Chris Fowler, Mikey Fowler and Ian McClendon; nieces, Whitney Lightfoot, Miriah Fowler, Butch Feltmeyer and Beth Feltmeyer; step-children, Pam Moore, and husband, Jackie, and John W. Dilley; and step-grandchildren, Gretta, Sophia, Jonathan, Jeremy, Jackie Lee, Melinda, Jeff, LaNay, Lee Ann, Lizza Ann, William and Kimberly.
Per his wishes, the body will be cremated and his ashes will be spread at his home in Louisa, Virginia, and at his beloved cottage in Seebert. A private service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.