FOWLER, DEXTER LEWIS, 92, PITTSBURGH, PA FORMERLY OF BLAIRSVILLE, PA
died Sunday Jan 20,2013 in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was born May 31,1920 to Wilbur Clark Fowler and Leah Bratton Fowler in Bellwood Pa. He is survived by his brothers Dave and Bill Fowler, his sister Nancy Landskroener,and his daughter Jeanne Bryant and their families. “ Duck” graduated from Bellwood Antis High School. He excelled in football and earned a college scholarship but instead he joined the Army and served in the 1906 Engineer Aviation Battalion in Okinawa. He received the Asiatic Pacific theater ribbon with 3 bronze stars, a Phillippines liberation with a bronze star, an American theater ribbon, a good conduct ribbon and the World War II victory medal. He then worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a brakeman. In 1946, he married Edna Beck Fowler , his wife of 65 years who died on July 9,2011. They moved to Blairsville where they lived for 50 years. They had 3 children together. He became a long distance truck driver, working for Bethlehem Steel, owned his own rig, then became employed by Latrobe Steel Company from which he retired in 1985 with 30 years service. He received many safety awards as well as commendations for rescuing stranded motorists during his driving career. After his retirement he became a member of the Blairsville- Saltsburg School Board. Dexter had many friends and many interests. He was always interested in automobiles, politics, the steel industry, alternative energy sources, environmental issues, reading, trains, the condition of the government, the Armed Services, and his community . He had a life long quest for learning and respect for education. He lead a full and productive life until his illness 3 weeks ago. He had a strong work ethic that he passed on to his family. He was so proud of his family as he listed 1 physician,2 nurses,2 teachers, 2 bankers, 2 business owners, a speech clinician, a safety engineer ,an environmental scientist, a steelworker, a construction manager , an early childhood specialist and 7 dynamic great grandchildren with endless possibilities. To his children, his 6 grandchildren and his 7great grandchildren he was "Poppo". Dexter is survived by his children: Pam Fowler Kacsuta, her husband Richard, son R.J., daughter Heidi, husband Max and their children Jace and Samara Pedicone all of Latrobe; Patty Fowler Kasperik, her husband Don, son Kris, daughter Kelly, her husband C.J. and their child, Abby Johnson all of Texas; and son Dan, his wife Kathy, son Craig, his wife Amy and their son Isaac Fowler, daughter Emily, her husband Tom and their children Brody, Lila, and Ellie Torchia, all of Pittsburgh. In his later years Dexter became more involved with his service to his country. He was proud of his Veterans status and concerned for all veterans. He was rewarded for his service when he and his wife moved to the Southwestern Veterans Center in Pittsburgh 2 1/2 years ago. The care and treatment they received here and at the Veterans Hospital was exemplary. The dedicated staff deserves respect for the fine care they provide to our Veterans. Dexter and his family extend their gratitude to all. In following Dexter's wishes, there will be no services, visitation nor burial. He has continued to give by donating his body to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and his brain to the Harvard University Autism tissue program. Dexter is missed. If you wish to honor his memory he suggests you cherish your family, honor your country, do no harm to others, recycle, visit your libraries, never stop learning and honor your veterans. Donations in his memory can be directed to the Southwestern Veterans Center 7060 Highland Drive Pittsburgh Pa 15206.