He was born March 1, 1932, in Moundville, Mo., the son of John Fowler and Mazie Clack Fowler.
He married Marilyn Hurd on June 28, 1950. They divorced in December of 1960, and remarried on July 2, 1993.
Bill worked as a mechanic for most of his life, as well as painting and roofing houses. He worked for the last 20 years of his career as a welder for Tower Metal.
Bill enjoyed building various crafts as well as raising cattle and riding horses.
He was well known for his great sense of humor, always having a funny story or joke to tell. He was baptized Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Kansas University Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife Marilyn of the home; two sons, Mike Fowler and wife Carla, and Rusty Fowler and wife Johnna, all of Fort Scott; a step-son, Gary Palmer, Dorchester, Neb.; eight daughters, Linda May, Fort Scott; Shorty Cooper and husband Dan, Richards, Mo.; Pam Hall and husband Calvin, Fort Scott; Carla Fleniken and husband Doug, Carthage, Mo.; Diana Ballou and husband Charley, Fort Scott; Sandra Tirri and husband Mike, Fort Scott; Kim Lester, N.C.; and Christine Peery, Tarkio, Mo.
Also surviving are 30 grandchildren and 50 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Alice Mae, one granddaughter, Jessse Ballou, and his parents.
Pastor Randy Wells will conduct funeral services for Bill Fowler at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in the Centerville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.