Mount Vernon News
  • John R. Fowler

  • January 21, 2010

MOUNT VERNON — Dr. John R. Fowler, DDS, 90, of Mount Vernon died Tuesday morning, Jan. 19, 2010, in the Palliative Care Unit at Knox Community Hospital.

He was born July 1, 1919, in Mount Vernon, a son of the late Lewis and Edna (Porter) Fowler. After graduation from high school, Dr. Fowler enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the 88th Division, Field Artillery and receiving the Bronze Star for action under fire during World War II. Dr. Fowler then served in the Korean conflict and retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Fowler attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, in 1951. He practiced dentistry in Mount Vernon from 1954 until his retirement in 1984. Dr. Fowler was a member, past deacon and past elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon. Was a member of the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club, a life member of the Ohio and American Dental Associations.

Dr. Fowler is survived by his sons, Dr. John C. (Marcie) Fowler of Mount Vernon, Charles (Nanette) Fowler of Dublin and Scott (Gina) Fowler of Tabernacle, N.J.; four grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Dr. Fowler was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Fowler; sisters, Rena Welker, Ruth Smith, Virginia Curtis, Lucy Biggs and Hazel McFarland; and brothers, Raymond, Kenneth and Floyd Fowler; and also an infant brother, Lewis Fowler.

A service celebrating the life of Dr. John R. Fowler will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 102 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Jonathan Fettig officiating. Private burial, with military honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will be in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. To send an online condolence to the family, visit

The Snyder Funeral Homes in Mount Vernon are honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Dr. John R. Fowler.

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