Roger E Fowler, 75, of Castle Creek, died unexpectedly on November 8th at Roswell Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Buffalo NY 49 days after a bone marrow transplant. He was predeceased by his mother, Althea Hatton, his birth father John Beardsley Merrill and his sister Donna Eaton, He is survived by his wife Nancy (Benson), sons Ryan Fowler (Winter Park Florida), Roger Schlafer, Brent (Belinda) Schlafer, daughter Randi Fowler (Shelbyville Indiana), stepdaughter Danielle (Justin) Atwood (Columbia Missouri) granddaughter Brylee Fowler and grandson Wyatt Atwood, sister, Clea Denny, stepbrother Robert Bush and his beloved dog Lucy.
Roger was employed by Raymond Corp in Greene, NY for 30 years and Vantage Material Handling in Syracuse for an additional 15 years. He was everything forklift and had a hand through the years in virtually every department - assembly, design, installation, sales, and service school at Raymond and then some time in management, sales, and service for Vantage. Even after being retired for the last 12 years, everywhere he went, Roger was always stopping to look at forklifts or point them out on tv and always had a story to tell about their history or connections to what he had done at Raymond Corp.
Roger was a long-time member of Lake Ludlow Club in McDonough, NY. Easily his favorite place on this earth, Ludlow shared many 4th of July celebrations along with birthdays, graduations and a wedding with Roger, family and good friends. Fishing was always on the agenda there and there was only one rule - Roger was supposed to catch the biggest fish! He was an avid outdoorsman who couldn’t wait for deer hunting season each year, for him it was as much about the peace he found in the woods as the hunt.
Everywhere he went Roger knew someone or he knew someone that you knew, especially in Chenango County. Over the years he was a little league coach, a member of the Smithville Town Board, played softball and volleyball and attended every soccer game, horse show, and wrestling match that he could for his kids. He had so many stories to tell about places he’d lived, places he’d traveled, hunting, fishing, and especially stories about his lifelong love of motorcycles and escapades with Steve, Gibb, and Rodney.
Interment took place at Union Cemetery in McDonough, NY.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Lake Ludlow Club House in McDonough, NY on January 14, 2023, from 12:00 PM – 4:00PM. Friends and family may share memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.