Cedric C. Fowler, 100, of Indianapolis was born November 8, 1916, in Waynetown, IN to Chester and Georgia Adella Fowler. Four brothers and one sister followed. He attended elementary school in Waynetown and graduated from Waynetown High school in 1934. Soon after the family moved to Brownstown, Indiana. One day while ice skating on a frozen pond he met a very pretty girl named Dorothy, and the 77 year love story began. They were married on Christmas Eve, 1938 and lived in Brownstown for a short while. They moved to Indianapolis in 1940.
On a Sunday in December, 1941 they were driving to Brownstown to visit family when they heard on the car radio about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ced enlisted right away into the US Army Air Corps and began training as a radar mechanic. After training he was assigned to the 29th Bomb Group, and served on Guam in the Pacific. He achieved the rank of Tech Sergeant.
In 1946 after the war ended he returned to Indiana where he and Dorothy settled in Indianapolis. Due to his interest and training in electronics he began working for Riddick Piano and Organ Co. and traveled all over the state repairing organs for churches, private homes, universities and more.
Ced and Dorothy moved to the Southport/ Homecroft area in the late 1940’s and a daughter, Cathy Carol, was born in 1950. Faith in God has always been an important part of Ced’s life and he has always been an active member of Southport Baptist Church. He served as Chairman of the Board, Trustee, Deacon, and served on the Building, Memorial and Endowment, and Finance Committees. He was also part of the church bowling, golf league and acted as the Church Historian. He enjoyed golf for many years and played until he was 93. Another hobby that Ced enjoyed was scrapbooking, and putting together photos that included his WWII service and experiences.
After Riddick Piano and Organ Co. closed, Ced started his own business, Fowler’s Organ Service, where he continued servicing organs all over the state until he retired. During their retirement years Ced and Dorothy enjoyed golfing and traveling to see their daughter Cathy and three grandchildren Michael, Tara and Sean. They are also blessed with 5 great-grandchildren. They loved spending winters in Leesburg, FL with couples from their church. Ced enjoyed a wonderful, long and blessed life!
Cedric is survived by his daughter Cathy (Jerry) Middendorf; grandchildren Michael (Jennifer) Wertz, Tara Cartee, Sean Wertz; great-grandchildren Marissa Cartee, Miranda Cartee, Henry Wertz, Madeleine Wertz, and Charlie Wertz; brothers Rex and Bill Fowler. He is preceded in passing by his wife Dorothy Fowler, parents Chester and Adella Fowler and siblings Jean Griffin, Harry and Wayne Fowler.
Services for Cedric will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Southport Baptist Church, 2901 E Banta Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46227. Visitation will be, Friday, at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service. Entombment, with military honors will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to Southport Baptist Church. Online condolences may be extended to the family by visiting www.singletonmortuary.com.