top banner

Obituary Listings

A Family Tradition of Dignified Service

James C. Fowler

September 5, 1924 January 8, 2016
James C. Fowler
There are condolences waiting approval on James's Tribute wall
Obituary for James C. Fowler

James C. Fowler, age 91, of Commerce, died peacefully surrounded by his family on January 8, 2016.

Jim was born in Connecticut on September 5, 1924 to Leroy and Alice Fowler; he was their fourth child. The family moved to Detroit when Jim was a young boy. The four Fowler siblings, Margie, Harry, Shirley and Jim, were very close growing up and remained so throughout their lives. Jim joined the Coast Guard during WWII, serving as Shore Patrol in Europe and Africa from May, 1943 through April, 1946. He was a proud veteran and would willingly share his tales of camaraderie and soldiers’ antics. He also worked on his boxing skills while in the service, his impressive wingspan and love of the sport made him a favorite in the ring, and he was once Jack Dempsey’s sparring partner. While home on leave in the fall of 1945, Jim met Marion Swanger at a dancehall in Detroit. He was dashing, tall and handsome with charm to spare. She was a beauty, with eyes that sparkled and laughter that made him long for the war to be over. He quickly requested another leave and after agreeing to her pleas to give up boxing, they married on New Years Day, 1946, just nine weeks after they’d met. This whirlwind courtship was the foundation of fifty-nine years of marriage.

The young couple was blessed with the birth of their first son, Craig, in 1954, followed shortly by Chris on Christmas Day, 1956. Jim was a good father to his young boys; he coached little league teams, loved to play with them and instilled in them both his admirable work ethic. He took great pride in his work as a carpet mill rep. He enjoyed the traveling and the new people and adventures he encountered on the road. Like his war stories, Jim’s stories from the road could keep a cocktail party lively into the wee hours. He was a sharp dresser, believed in dressing up for every occasion and never had a hair out of place.

Jim’s family was everything to him. He was proud of his sons, loved his daughters-in-law like they were his own and he loved to brag about and spoil his grandchildren. He was at every concert, recital, play and award ceremony and eagerly braved the heat and cold to be present at games. He didn’t care how well we played or if we missed a cue; he was overjoyed to see us perform and told everyone he met how great we were. His six great-grandchildren were treasures to him and he was filled with pride whenever his family was gathered. He had us all convinced he was perfect and on the rare chance he made a mistake, we’d all laugh when he said “That’s my one mistake this year!” Indeed he was perfect in our eyes and though he wasn’t without faults, great men rarely are.

He was known for his perseverance and positive attitude, and when we lost Marion in 2005 he showed us all how important it was to keep living, keep enjoying life. He learned to do laundry, cook meals, grocery shop (especially for fruit because it always looked so good!) and shop for birthday cards for his family. He loved living at the family home on Union Lake; it was filled with memories and satisfied his life long love of the water and boats. His move to Independence Village was not an easy choice at first, but a taste of their good food and a glimpse into all the social activities made his decision easier. He had a beautiful apartment, made wonderful friends, was a champion chair volleyball player and spent many special times with his dear companion, Kathy.

Jim’s incredible joy, infectious smile and silly sense of humor were well known and will be missed by all. He had a movie star smile and a mischievous twinkle in his eyes. He was a gentleman and a role model. He was a soldier and fought bravely to stay with us as long as possible. He died in our arms and took with him a piece of each of our hearts. We will honor his memory by doing what he taught us- stand tall, eat dessert, love without regrets, enjoy the whiskey. Like Jim, we all have “so much to live for!”

Preceded in death by his beloved wife Marion (d. 2005), he is survived by sons, Craig (Melissa) and Chris (Denise); grandchildren, Rachael (Tom) Tracy, James (Barb), Jake; 6 great-grandchildren, many loving extended family members and dear friends.

Funeral Service from Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11 AM with gathering one hour prior. Burial & Military Honors will follow at Commerce Cemetery. Visitation on Monday from 5-8 PM and Tuesday 2-8 PM. Memorials to Open Door Outreach Center, 7170 Cooley Lake Rd., Waterford, MI 48327.

For further information, please phone 248.684.6645.

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

11

Jan

5:00 PM 1/11/2016 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 AM 1/11/2016 8:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

12

Jan

2:00 PM 1/12/2016 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 AM 1/12/2016 8:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Wednesday

13

Jan

11:00 AM 1/13/2016 11:00:00 AM - 11:45 AM 1/13/2016 11:45:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Funeral Service at 11 AM with gathering to begin at 10 AM.

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States
Albums

Create new album
 
Subscribe To Obituaries


alt

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Loading...