Byron Max Fowler, Hemingford

Byron Max Fowler died Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Hemingford Community Care Center in Hemingford, Nebraska, losing his battle with cancer.

Byron was born December 14, 1919 in Alliance to Thomas and Vera (Manso) Fowler. the 6th of eight children. He spent his life in and around Alliance, graduating from Alliance High School in 1938. During WWII he served in the Army Air Corps and was a Crew Chief for B29 aircraft. Much of that time he was stationed in Great Falls Montana and Chanute Field, Illinois. After the war he returned to Alliance and worked as a mechanic, Montgomery Wards and for Harris Sales before joining the Alliance Police Department.

In 1946 he met and married the love of his life, Cleona "Babs" Gogert. They were married 62 years before her death in 2009.

Byron was a loving son, brother, husband, father and a loyal friend. He was a true gentleman who treated all with respect and looked for the best in people. He was an Alliance Police Officer for many years and after his retirement went on to work for the Box Butte Co Sheriff Dept. He was an artist, one of his talents showcased by wildlife drawings in pen and ink on his annual Christmas cards. A tradition since 1958. He also did works in oil painting and wood carving. He was an ardent Husker Fan and loved anything related to aviation. He was a man of faith, who's believed that God will judge us by the life we lead, not by the number of times we walk through the church doors. Deeply patriotic he and Babs would proudly raise the flag every morning in front of their house.

Byron is survived by his children, Michael [Susan] Fowler of Forest VA, Rebecca Sumey of Buckley WA, Leo [Terri] Fowler of Louisville KY, Mary Hilburn of Sumner WA and Nancy [Wally] Stricker of Alliance. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Babs, brothers James, George, Ned, Dale and Donald and sisters Helma Fowler and Maudie Deaver and his grandson Casey Stricker

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church with Jeanie Sedivy officiating. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent in care of the family to 1780 CR 66, Alliance, Nebraska, 69301 for a future designation.

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