Charles Leander Fowble
Jun 6, 1934 - May 24, 2012
Known for his frequent walking trips throughout the United States and avid reader, Charles Leander Fowble completed his final journey the morning of May 24th. Active and healthy, his passing was sudden and unexpected in a hospital near his home in Elk Grove, CA.
Born to Edgar and Alice Fowble in Maryland on June 6, 1934, Charlie was precocious as a child enlisting in the United States Air Force by 1950. In 1954, Charlie married Phyllis Dezember and introduced five girls he adored. Serving 23 years, they were stationed from Thailand to Texas. Charlie participated in military campaigns in Korea and Vietnam, earning 33 citations including a Bronze Star, two Air Force Commendation Medals, and a Presidential Unit Citation. After retirement from the USAF in 1973, Charlie continued his public service in a distinguished career with the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1999 from their office in Lynnwood, WA.
Charlie is survived by his former wives, Phyllis and Diana, and his five girls Kathleen Williams of Lafayette, LA, Joanna Tabarez of Woodland, CA, Susanna Marks of Elk Grove, CA, Theresa Green of Tracy, CA, and Elizabeth Thomas of Yuba City, CA. Preceded in death by his mother, father and sister Helen Burrow, he is survived by his brother Edgar Fowble Jr. and sisters Alice Warner and Charlotte Lare, residing on the East Coast. Charlie has 16 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and two more great grandchildren expecting this year. The majority of the family is in California but can be found as far south as Texas and east to North Carolina.
Charlie was an active member of the Walking Sticks and enjoyed many organized walking trips throughout the United States. Along with his longtime girlfriend, Betty Howland, he had logged thousands of walks covering more than 38,000 miles in all 48 continuous states. Rarely was he found without a book, or far from access to his favorite baseball team the Seattle Mariners, often listening to a game while on a walk. He also enjoyed bowling and playing baseball.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:00am on Saturday June 9th at East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary with a buffet immediately following the service. There will be a full military honor guard during the memorial service, later being interred at the National Cemetery in Dixon during a private service. Donations are preferred to Charlie’s favorite organizations, including Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, or the American Diabetes Association.