Ferman Dwight Fowler, 81, of Topeka Kansas, surrounded by family, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019.
Ferman was born July 8, 1937 in Holden, MO to Thomas Isaiah and Lillian Josephine Fowler. He had four brothers, Tom, Tim, Gene, Edwin and one sister, Gladys. Ferman met Sammy Sue Senseney in 4th grade then married her after her high school graduation, June 7, 1957.
Ferman worked in sales and sales management at Swanson’s, Sears, Macys and Dillard’s. He is remembered as extremely devoted to his work, a caring boss and friend to all of his employees.
He will be remembered as a man of great kindness, integrity and a welcoming heart who made time to serve others. He served in a variety of capacities in the church including the Board of Trustees at Leawood UMC and Countryside UMC. He also volunteered with the VA teaching woodworking skills to veterans. He also volunteered with the Topeka Breakfast Optimist Club, served as Cub Master, church youth group leader, and volunteered to help with disaster relief efforts in many areas of the country. He received great joy singing with and being a member of the church choir for 50 years.
His words or deeds never hurt his family. He loved to spend time with family, supporting them at their sporting or music events, listening to music on the porch with a cocktail, hiking with them in Colorado or bird hunting in the fall. He was always up for his own version of ‘Fixer Upper’ and enjoyed helping his kids work on their homes. He taught us “one learns by doing”. Ferman was blessed to have close friends and was part of a regular movie group and lunch bunch. He would also find himself in a car with friends looking for a fun spot for a picnic.
Ferman is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sue Fowler, his children, Aaron Fowler (Laura), Troy Fowler (Jane) and Susan Calderwood (Mick) and eight grandchildren; Paul (Lezlee), Justin, Scott (Hannah), Tyler, and Madeline Fowler. Sam, Riley and Drew Calderwood.
A celebration of life will be held at Countryside United Methodist Church 3221 SW Burlingame Rd, Topeka, KS 66611 Saturday, April 6th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to the music ministry at Countryside UMC.
When asked if he whistles because he is happy, he would always reply, “No, I am happy because I whistle”.
We miss you Ferman and we will see you again.