WARREN-Robert “Bob” L. Fowler, 75, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 30, 2022, with his wife Jill by his side.
Bob was born on December 17, 1946 in Youngstown to Frances Eustis and Robert L. Fowler.
Bob grew up in Niles and then moved to Howland where he graduated in 1965.
After high school, he attended Santa Barbara City College in California, graduating with an associate’s degree.
When he returned to the area, he worked at Lordstown General Motors Corp.
Inspired by the many art galleries and specialty shops he frequented in California, Bob felt the area needed a top-notch gallery and custom framing shop. For more than 45 years, Bob and his gallery manager, Regi Whitsel, have been helping clients select artwork for their home, preserving family history, displaying memorabilia and framing that precious first finger painting. He made artwork and imagery for corporations, hospitals, car dealerships, restaurants, nursing homes and government buildings, incorporating local historical imagery and scenic locations. Recently, his gallery featured local artists.
Bob was a board member and past president of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center at Howland. He helped with fundraising events for the center and created Christmas photo keepsakes for the children and their families.
He was one of the founding members of The Business Connection, a group of local businesses and professionals who meet with the sole purpose of helping each other succeed. As the man behind the lens, Bob photographed everything including parades, marathons, race events, weddings, reunions, scenes across the country, nature, family and his beloved German Shepherds. He took first “selfies”, before it was cool
His love of adventurous activities, which he shared with his wife, family and friends, led him to spend his weekends skiing on the slopes, boating and tubing on the lakes, quad biking in the woods, pit crew at the racetrack for the His wife’s go-karting and scuba diving in the South Pacific and motorcycling the back roads in search of the next best diners, drive-ins and dives.
He will be greatly missed by his wife Jill, whom he married on November 15, 1987. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, June (the late Frank) Fowler, Lynn (Tom) Gombos, and Joyce (the late Rick). Mahan; nieces and nephews, Michael (Peggy) Fowler, Leanne Hinkel, Rick Mahan, Michael Gombos and Gretchen Gombos; grandnieces and grandnephews, Zachary Hale, Alexandra, Sabrina, and Ethan Fowler, Andie and Mia Mahan, and Braunson Craft; Great-great niece and great-great nephew, Zyia and Rebel Hale.
In addition to his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by his sister Sarah (Anthony) LaPolla; and a niece, Cindy Hale.
Family and friends can visit the Lane Family Funeral Homes Roberts Clark Chapel at 180 Garfield Drive NE in Warren on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Children’s Rehabilitation Center, 885 Howland Wilson Road, Warren, OH 44484, or to the website www.neocrc.org or Howland Professional Firefighters Local 2786, 169 Niles, Cortland Road NE, Warren, OH44484.
Family and friends can extend their heartfelt condolences by visiting www.lanefuneralhomes.com.