Rhea Dawn Butler Fowler


Rhea Dawn Butler Fowler, 79, of Brownstown, has been called home to be with her Heavenly Father. She lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.

Born Oct. 8, 1936, in Seymour, she was the daughter of Robert Doyle and Norma Dell Martin Butler, both of whom preceded her in death. On June 2, 1957, at Central Christian Church in Seymour she married William W. Fowler, who survives in Brownstown.

Rhea Dawn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Those who knew her would recognize her infectious laugh, beautiful smile and outgoing personality.

She was a member of Vallonia Methodist Church; Indiana Nurse’s Association; National Nurse’s Association; American Cancer Society, where she served on the Jackson County Board of Directors; and Schneck Memorial Hospital Guild.

Rhea Dawn graduated from Brownstown High School in 1954 and St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in 1957. She worked as a nurse in various capacities for 34 years at Schneck Medical Center. As a nurse at the hospital, she touched the hearts of many families in the community.

She enjoyed painting, traveling, volunteering at Schneck Medical Center and spending time with family and friends. She will be sorely missed by her family.

Other survivors include two sons, Rob (Lisa) Fowler of Haslett, Michigan, and Roger Fowler of Cortland; two daughters, Retha (Neil) Rish of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Renata (Mike) Faust of Cumming, Georgia; a sister, Renee (Bob) Kasting of Columbus; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Brownstown, with Jerry Roberts officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday.

Memorials may be given to Don & Dana Myers Cancer Center or Schneck Hospice.

Memorials and condolences may be given at spurgeonfh.com.