Robert W. Fowler

April 21, 2024

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 Robert W. Fowler


Long time East Multnomah County resident Robert (Bob) W. Fowler died on 04/21/2024 due to complications of Myasthenia Gravis.

The son of Harry Fowler Jr and Mildred Fowler.  Bob attend Parkrose Schools District all twelve years, graduating in 1965. After attending college for a year, he joined the US Army, serving at Ft Belvoir Virginia, Ft Riley Kansas and Da Nang Viet Nam as a heavy equipment diesel mechanic.  Upon discharge in 1969 he worked for GE Service Shop while attending Mt Hood CC.  In 1974 he married Pamella Rienke.

After the service, he worked at the GE Service Shop, as an inside salesman for Paco Pump, and as a salesman for Westinghouse Electric in the late seventies and early eighties. As a salesman he was able to travel most major highways in Oregon. From the 80’s untill 2000 he worked for Sulzer Pumps in a number of positions before being downsized. He went back to college in his 50’s to complete a BS degree in business at Concordia College, graduating in 1998. In 2001 he started working as the purchasing supervisor for Toyo Tanso USA Inc. and finishing his career as the facilities manager at 2013. In retirement, he worked part time as a consultant at Toyo Tanso till 2024

Bob volunteered to help with his kids in sports teams, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and school field trips. Bob and Pam had children in school for twenty-two years.  After about twelve years of kids in school, he became involved with school parent groups. He later ran for a position on the school board.  He served on the Reynolds School District board for thirteen years.  While on the school board he served two years as a director on the Oregon School Board Association. Besides being involved on the school board, he also served during a fifteen-year period on two different credit union boards.  Bob served on the charter school board (Center for Advance Learning) for 20 years.

In retirement Bob and Pam travel and camped in number of places around the country. They did several cross-country trips, plus several cruises. Pam and Bob volunteered at Meals on Wheels and Bob also volunteered for the Red Cross doing earthquake disaster presentations for a few years.

Bob leaves behind wife Pam, sons, Jim, Michael and daughter Carrie and five grandchildren (Mariah, Lain, Ethan, Camryn and William).