The Ottumwa Courier

Obituaries

January 14, 2014

Dwight Fowler

DELTA — Dwight Fowler, 90 of Cornelius, Ore., formerly of Delta, died Dec. 5, 2013, a little more than four months after his loving wife of 65 years passed.

He was the second of nine children of Homer and Fern Fowler. He was born in rural Keokuk County March 25, 1923. After completing seventh grade, he quit school to help his folks on the family farm. On June 12, 1948, he met the love of his life and married LaVon Deitrick. To this union four children were born.

In 1964, they moved their family to Oregon and worked in the plumbing business with his three brothers. He started his own excavating business. In 1969, with his mind always thinking of different ways to make our environment better, he invented the Fowler Quickway Sewer tap. He started his own manufacturing company to make the sewer tap and a later improved version, the Inserta Tee. After the initial success, he later sold the patents to other manufacturers. Today his invention is used around the world.

One of his proudest moments was the presentation in 1978 by Gov. Bob Straub for the Oregon Clean Up Pollution Award for Dwight's contribution to clean water.

The family would like to give our thanks to Tracy, Tohnya, Mary, Darlene and nieces Jenelle and Connie for the excellent 24-hour care they gave both LaVon and Dwight. God truly blessed us with their wonderful help.

He loved his Lord and kept his daily Bible reading until the end.

Dwight is survived by his brothers, Dale (Phyllis) of Delta, Doyle (Betty) of Sheridan, Ore.; sister Lucille Mann of Oskaloosa; daughter, Linda Parpart of Aloha, Ore.; sons, Larry, Terry, Lester (Louise) of Hillsboro; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Elma Sutton, Darlene Wojic; and three brothers, Gilbert, Kennith, Robert.

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