Services

Visitation One

Sat. Mar. 10, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church

10135 West Road
Houston , TX 77064.

Funeral Mass

Sat. Mar. 10, 2018
10:00 am

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church

10135 West Road
Houston , TX 77064.

Burial

Sat. Mar. 10, 2018
11:45 am

Woodlawn Cemetery

1101 Antoine
Houston , TX 77055.
Sat. Mar. 10, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am
St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church
10135 West Road
Houston , TX 77064.
Sat. Mar. 10, 2018
10:00 am
St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church
10135 West Road
Houston , TX 77064.
Sat. Mar. 10, 2018
11:45 am
Woodlawn Cemetery
1101 Antoine
Houston , TX 77055.
In Memory of
Ronald Lee Fowler
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Ronald “Lee” Fowler passed away on February 28, 2018 after enjoying every minute of his 83 1/2 years on this earth.  He loved to tell his life story with his numerous adventures to anyone who would listen.  He grew up in Houston and while still a child, moved to Galveston, and later Venezuela where he raised ducks and learned he was allergic to green mangoes (just the green ones).  He liked to tell his children how he would climb the trees in Venezuela to try and salt a parakeet’s tail in order to catch one.  He attended The Bolles School, a college preparatory in Jacksonville, Florida, where he achieved the “Highest Academic Average for grades 6 through 9”.  He worked on the student newspaper, played football, and sailed.  He then attended Rice University back in the days when they actually beat the University of Texas and Texas A&M, and won the Cotton Bowl.  

After earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice, Lee joined the Navy where he prayed the Rosary for peace every day.  It apparently worked since no wars occurred during his navy time, and his drills as Damage Control Officer (they called him the Damn Control Officer) aboard the USS Renville were never put to use.  He did get to visit interesting places while in the Navy including Rio De Janeiro, Madrid, and Hong Kong where he avoided contracting any diseases.  

After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Lee worked for the Humble Oil and Refining Company which later changed their name to Exxon because they could no longer be humble with an engineer like Lee working there.  Lee drilled over 50 oil wells for Exxon including some groundbreaking offshore wells in ultra-deep water depths.  He was instrumental in the placement of the record-breaking Hondo platform in California.  Lee was most proud of the fact that there were no significant injuries on any of the wells he drilled.   

After his long career of 34 years at Exxon, Lee worked as a contract engineer in Nizhnevartovsk, Russia in Western Siberia.  He described it as one of the most beautiful places he had ever seen with exceptionally  friendly people.  He later worked for 20 years with the Minerals Management Service, a government agency in the Department of the Interior, in Elmwood, Louisiana and Lake Jackson, Texas.  His role was to evaluate drilling permits and to ensure that rigorous safety and drilling standards were met.  Lee performed an exceptional job of meeting the needs of the various drilling companies while ensuring safety was not compromised.  Shell Oil awarded Lee for his extraordinary engineering efforts by naming an oil well after him in the deepwater gulf, and inscribing his name on the wellhead.
At some point, Lee made the best decision of his life and married Ruth Gwendolyn Sawyer.  It was the happiest 24 years of his life.

Lee loved a good joke and always had one or two ready for the next person he saw.  He also loved to go deep-sea fishing.  Lee was incredibly generous to all around him.  Complete strangers would refer to him as “that happy man”.  He would somehow find those in need and try to help improve their situations as best he could.  Lee knew deep down in his heart that the only good music is country music, and surely there is country music in heaven.  We are fairly certain that “Country Rose,”  (he refused to believe the title was actually “Country Roads”) will be there to meet him, along with John Denver.  Likewise, Lee was a die-hard New Orleans Saints fan since the team formed in 1967 and was personally responsible for causing a Brett Favre interception in the Saints/Vikings 2010 NFC Championship Game by perfectly timing his distracting cheer.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Nellie Mae (nee Robinson) Fowler and Dick Fowler.  Lee is survived by his two children and their spouses; Rhonda Marie (Fowler) LeGros and Mark Christman LeGros, and Richard Lee Fowler and Victoria (Sloop) Fowler.  He was blessed with five grandchildren; Ariel Anne Fowler, Gabrielle Diana Fowler, Alexander Lee Fowler, Mark Christman LeGros Jr., and Renee Marie LeGros.  He is also survived by his two siblings; Dick Fowler and Sylvia (Fowler) Reed, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins whom he loved dearly.

When he had to go home after visiting with you, he would always recite his favorite verse from Robert Frost:

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep."

You have traveled many miles, and now, Lee Fowler, you can have a well-deserved sleep.


Visitation will be at 9AM on Saturday, March 10th at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church at 10135 West Road, Houston, TX 77064.  A funeral Mass will follow at 10AM.  Immediately after the Mass, there will be a procession to Woodlawn Cemetery at 1101 Antoine Drive, Houston, TX 77055 with a brief burial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Association.

 

Charitable Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association National Office, Chicago, IL 60601. Website Link

Sign Guestbook

Rick Fowler

Kathy Camp

My deepest sympathy to the family and all who were touched by this wonderful man.

John McCarroll

Linda Onstott

Rhonda LeGros

Tributes

Message from
Kathy Camp
Thu, 03/01/2018

My thoughts and wishes to the family and friends of Lee. YES Lee was an extraordinary engineer and every time I talked to him at MMS he taught me something new and useful to pass on to other regulatory professionals. He was very encouraging and I loved to call when I did not have a permit issue just to say HI and hear a story. Bless you Lee!

Message from
John McCarroll
Fri, 03/02/2018

Lee and I worked together at Exxon and MMS in Lake Jackson, he was one of the best engineers and person I have ever met. He gave what he had to others in need even if they were not deserving of his kindness. He trusted people and helped everyone who crossed his path in life. The world would be a better place if we had a few more Lee Fowler’s in it. He always carried himself with pride and grace at the same time. Thank you Lee for the good things you brought to this world, God bless.

Message from
Karen Ohlsson
Fri, 03/02/2018

I met Mr. Fowler one rainy evening at of all places, Winn Dixie, he was with his son Rick. What a wonderful story teller he was and how he loved his family. Mr. Fowler was one of those people who inspired everyone he met. I ran into him server times after my first meeting with him and he always stopped me and talked to me. This world was a better place because he was in it and he will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. He was very proud of his family. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Message from
Betsy Fowler Regier
Sun, 03/11/2018

Lee truly was that "happy man". He was generous and kind with love in his heart for all those he knew. His service was beautiful and I know he was looking down with a smile on his face!