Gary Allen Fowler, Sr.

February 6, 1947 - November 7, 2017

02/06/1947 - 11/07/2017

Past Services

Friday November 10, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-0330 | Directions
Friday November 10, 2017
8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-0330 | Directions

Gary Allen Fowler Sr. passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at home.

Born in Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Thomas and Winifred (Bushnell) Fowler.

Gary was retired from Conn’s Potato Chip Co., where he was driver and sales rep. and was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in the Vietnam War. Gary never met a stranger and will be missed by all.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Emery; and grand daughter, Megan Fowler.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Kathleen (Wycherley) Fowler of Bridgeport, Ohio; four children, Paula Riethmiller of Martins Ferry, Ohio, the Rev. Gary (Deni) Fowler Jr. of Olmstead Falls, Ohio, Carrie (Jim) Gilson of Wheeling, W.Va. and Kelli Jo (Brandon) Smith of Calhoun, Ga.; two brothers, Ron (Jane) Fowler of Aurora, Colo. and Rich (Judy) Fowler of Wheeling; seven grandchildren, Amie and Eric Riethmiller, Shayna, Hannah and Raegan Fowler and Madeline and Jimmy Gilson; and one great grandchild, Aria Green.

Friends will be received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Wheeling Chapel, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 5 p.m. until the time of service at 8 p.m. The Rev. Konan Stephens will be officiating.

The family would like to express their sincere “thank you” to Dr.s Dayra Avila Lima and Jon David Pollock, along with the staff of the Schiffler Cancer Center, for the care that was given to Gary. A special “thank you” to Frank and Suzanna Hibbits and Richard and Cheryl Price for going to Las Vegas “One last Time,” and especially for going along with his crazy idea of a hot air balloon ride.

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Cheryl J Skinner, WV Patriot Guard
6 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Gary Allen Fowler, Sr., give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten..
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Gary Allen Fowler, Sr., is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Tami Weaver
6 years ago

Paula, Amie, Eric & Aria
So sorry for your loss. We are here if you need anything. Cherish all of your memories! We are keeping you all in our prayers! RIP Mr Fowler. Love n Prayers. Kelsi Weaver, Tami Weaver, Stefon Ray, Demetrus Ray & Jackson

Pandora Neuhart
6 years ago

I worked for Riesbeck’s for over 25 years, and Gary was by far one of the nicest salesman I ever met. He was kind, generous, and a true gentleman. My thoughts and prayers will be all of you during this most difficult time. May God Bless, Pandora Neuhart

Jerry Clark
6 years ago

We have been friends for 50 years and words will never express how much I will miss talking to you about all the fun times we had working together. Prayers for Gary Jr, Paula, Kathy and family . Will miss you bud.

Larry and Connie Patton
6 years ago

Gary Sr drew your last breathe here then he exhaled into Heaven with the Lord’s Arms around him – pain free in eternity. Gary Sr left a legacy of love, caring, joy, kindness, bravery, courage and a precious family who will continue to spread the Good News of Jesus. My family celebrates along with your family, Gary Sr’s life. Our older daughter as a delicious fond memory of Gary Sr. donating snacks to her Youth Group alot:) We celebrate and Thank you Gary Sr for all the things you did in this life to better it:)

Tammy Porter
6 years ago

My condolences and prayers for Gary and Cathy’s family and friends. Gary will be missed so much.
Such a wonderful neighbor and friend to me and my son. I instantly had a connection with Gary, he was always inspirational and supportive and made you feel like you had a friend you could count on. I am so very sorry Cathy, I am here if you need anything.
God Bless!

Matthew Yesenczki
6 years ago

My condolences to the family. I knew Gary from running routes to grocery stores. He was a hard working , good man. I was glad to call him a friend. This is such a shock.

Dennis R Albaugh
6 years ago

My sincere and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gary. Denny Albaugh

6 years ago

My prayers are with you all. I remember meeting your dad while still serving with you, Gary, at Harbor when he stopped in one day. I remember joking with him about having the “right connections” because I LOVE Conn’s…said he could set me up for life! 🙂 Loved hearing stories about him….and I KNOW he was greatly loved. I can just imagine the joy he had when he finally saw Megan again!!! Love to all of you!