Ronald S. Fowler, Sr.

Funeral services for Ronald Sterling Fowler, Sr., 54, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at First Regular Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at his home.

Ronald was born March 26, 1960 in Lawrence the son of Donald I Fowler, Sr. and Alice R. (Tyler) Fowler.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy for 4 years as an E4 on the USS Coral Sea.

He was a member of the First Regular Missionary Baptist Church, American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post #14.

He currently worked for the University of Kansas for 20 years. He was previously a self-employed carpet layer and painter.

He enjoyed tinkering with cars, gardening, landscaping, and spending time with his family. He enjoyed the music of Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix.

He married Joan Katzfey on October 4, 1977 in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his parents, Donald and Alice Fowler; three sons, Ronald Fowler, Jr, Ryan Fowler, Sr., Joshua Fowler, all of Lawrence; eight grandchildren; one sister, Donetta Foster, Lawrence; and two brothers, Donald I. Fowler, Jr, Lawrence, and Earl Fowler, Texas. He was preceded in death by one brother, Ryan Ezell Fowler.

The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Grace Hospice or Lawrence Memorial Hospital – Oncology Center and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

30 Condolences

  1. Michelle Walthall on October 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Love and prayers to the family.

  2. Traci Brown on October 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Sending prayers and much love to The Fowler Family. Remembering the last time I saw Ron he had a big smile on his face sharing chemo stories with my mother. Now he’s smiling down on us from heaven.

  3. Jay Phillips on October 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Our hearts are sad for the loss of Ron Fowler. Ron was always smiling and telling a story and sharing laughter with those around him. He kept the most positive attitude at work or anywhere. You would see his brightly colored hat coming your way and his wonderful smile and you couldn’t help but smile with him.

    To Joan and the Fowler family – your KU and FS family and friends are grieving with you today and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere condolences, Jay Phillips

  4. Drew Goulden on October 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    In remembering Ron. He always had a good strong heart and left a good feeling to everybody who knew him. He always smiled no matter how he was feeling. RIP Ron You well deeply missed from all of your friends and family here at KU. RIP

  5. Vince Avila on October 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Dear Joan and Family;
    We sympathize with your great loss. But always remember that God needs the best and so he chose Ron. He was a wonderful human being. We will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace. God Bless

  6. Kate Carnahan on October 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all! What a sad loss and I’m sure a bag of mixed emotions! Sending hugs and stength to you all in the time of sorrow! I’m so very sad to see this but I know he is in a better place and will be met with open arms!!!

  7. Langston Family on October 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    We would like to extend our wishes to the family. We are thinking of you at this time. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Teresa Fraser Krambeer on October 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    My sympathies are with the entire Fowler family. Ron was a joy to work with having an eveready smile and story. He will be missed by his work family.

  9. Brenda Spear on October 23, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Dear cousin i never really got to meet Ron but i heard he was an amazing kind and loving person he is my cousin to and i am sorry that this has happen i love you all and wish i could be there with you but cannot i send my prayers your way for comfort love and peace. Ron my dear cousin RIP WITH GOD, love you.

  10. Kristina Walthall on October 24, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Love and prayers to the family. Ron Sr. was a good man and he will be missed terribly.

  11. Rhonda Hornberger- Sprow on October 24, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Joan and Family- Very sorry to hear the passing of a wonderful man. Ron was a genuine Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, and friend. Ron always thought of others. He will be deeply missed. Always had a big smile on his face. He will be missed by many

  12. Marsha on October 24, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Let your memories and the love of God be your comfort, embracing your family, love you

  13. Mike &Diane Leming on October 24, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Joan and family, very sorry for your loss and prayer!He went through so much for so long and now may he RIP!

  14. Nancy Scott Guest on October 24, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Alice&family I have the fondest memories of Ronnie in North Lawrence from childhood. At First Regular, school and home. He was always smiling and kind. May God continue to comfort you all. Love you and thank God for precious memories.

  15. Barbara Seiwald on October 24, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Dear Joan and families,
    I am sorry about Ron. Thinking of you.
    Barb Seiwald

  16. Sherry Tamerius on October 24, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.

  17. Nina on October 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Ron touched our hearts here at GH. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loving family.

  18. Gu, Jordan and extended family in China on October 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    You sent us wechat messages everyday to tell us about your days sitting under the umbrella or shared with us the enjoyment you had with Aunt Joan out in the yard eating some of her good cooking. Not a day has gone by that we don’t listen to those voice messages. We love you and you made an impact on so many people here. Even though we didn’t get a chance to meet you in person, you still touched our hearts. You will be missed. Our prayers for the Fowler family.

  19. Scott Logan on October 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    To the Fowler family: Carol and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you all during this time of loss and sorrow. He will always be remembered with our fondest memories. Ron was a good man, who had done so many good things for many people in his life. God gives us all hope…..
    As John 5:28,29 states… Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

  20. Cam Miller on October 24, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    My sincere condolences for your loss. Thoughts and best wishes from the Miller family during this difficult time.

  21. Connie Spears on October 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    The Spears Family sending prayers to Ron’s Family with much love. I only new Ron for a year and a half but in that short period of time I loved him like a brother. I’m glad I got the opportunity to know you through your brother DJ. All of you are in my thoughts and in our prayers as you all go through this sad time. May he fly with the Angels.

  22. Lisa Baxter on October 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Joan and Hedi, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, Joan and your father in law, Hedi! Let you have the strength to be strong during this sad time! I wish that I could join you on Tuesday but my thoughts will be with you! Lisa

  23. Hazel Shockley Bahnmaier on October 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Remembering Ron and the Fowler family during this time. Thankful for the great memories of growing up together in North Lawrence. Keeping your family in my prayers.

  24. Anonymous on October 26, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Joan so sorry for your loss Ron was a really nice and I know he is with God right now. One day soon we will all be together again.

  25. Bob Proctor on October 26, 2014 at 12:12 am

    So sorry for your loss praying for you and your family.

  26. Susie & Ed Rockhold on October 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Ronnie was a great kid! always had a smile and a hug for me! You all have my prayers for comfort, and for peace to come.

    love always,


  27. Julie Ybarra on October 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm


    Ron was one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I know. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.


  28. Rooney Family on October 27, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Prayers to the entire Fowler family. Though I know only a few of you by association of Red; I know what kind of family you are and hope that you all find peace knowing though he is gone; he lives in your hearts forever. Rest in Peace Ronald, may you fly with the angels above.

  29. Rachel Logan on October 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Sending prayers to the Fowler Family, Ron will be missed by many. May GOD be your strength during the days to come. Cherish the memories, he leaves in your hearts forever.
    Rachel Logan
    Atlanta Georgia

  30. Joyce Burkhead on November 1, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Dear Alice and Family: I was so sorry to hear about Ronald’s passing. It must be devastating to have lost two sons. My granddaughter who works for Dr. Mark, the chiropractor, said that Ronald was the most gentle person she had ever met. I know you will miss him but he is now waiting for you and others to join him in God’s timing. I won’t mention it to Dawnike and Marshall unless they bring it up. Needless to say, I certainly enjoy both children. They are special and very loving. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Love, Joyce Burkhead.

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