AUGUSTA - Richard E. Fowler Sr., 73, of Sherbrook Street, died Friday Jan. 8, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his family. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe was born in Windsor on Oct. 13, 1936, the son of Ernest and Mildred (Brooks) Fowler. \r\r\n\r\r\nRichard attended Cony High School and served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After the war, he had worked at the Mobile Oil Station on the West side rotary and later operated the Flying A Station on Bangor Street. He had also worked as a mechanic for Shoppe Ford and was a truck driver for several area construction companies including H.E. Sargent, W.H. Hinman and Bonefant Construction. He owned several trucks and started R.E. Fowler Trucking Company. Dick had also worked for Westinghouse Electric for 10 years as a machine apparatus repairman. He was a member of the American Legion Post #178, Waterville and in his earlier years, attended Penny Memorial United Baptist Church. \r\r\n\r\r\nHe is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce Fowler of Augusta; two sons, Richard E. Fowler Jr. and his significant other, Gail, of Augusta, and Scott Fowler and his wife, Laurie, of Sidney; three daughters, Pamela L. Fowler of Augusta, Karen J. Varnum of Augusta and Debra L. Cates and her husband, Bruce, of Sidney; a brother, Alva Reed, and his wife, Shirley, of North Anson; a sister, Beverly Hallett, and her husband, Herman, of Hermon; nine grandchildren, Richard Fowler III, Branden Fowler, Tamran Lavallee, Nicole Pierce, Heather Varnum, Joshua Varnum, Ethan Cates, Brittany Cates and Ian Cates; three great-great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and his constant companion Little Abby Beagle. \r\r\n\r\r\nThe family wishes to thank Debbie Heald and Kurt Carlson from HealthReach Hospice for their kindness, care and compassion. \r\r\n\r\r\nVisiting hours will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta, where a funeral service will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. \r\r\n\r\r\nBurial will be in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta. \r\r\n\r\r\nCondolences to the family may be sent to www.khrfuneralhomes.com.