Willis "Bill" Jennings Fowler Jr., age 84, was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 19, 1934, to Willis Jennings Fowler Sr. and Marie Virginia Stratton. Bill
graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1952. He then joined the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Bill then served nine years in the Coast Guard for Air Sea Rescue during the Korean crisis. While he was in the Coast Guard, he was awarded the National Defense Service medal, Korean Service medal
and United Nations Service medal. After being discharged Bill got his B.A. at the University of California, Berkley.
He married Barbara Kratochvil and they opened an insurance agency. From 1989-1990, he was president of REALU (Redwood Empire Association of Life Underwriters). He was a member of the National Key Club, as well as the Political Action Committee (PAC) and a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU). Bill and Barbara moved to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii for five years, then moved back to Grants Pass, where he designed and built their home.
Bill passed away at Royale Gardens Health & Rehabilitation Center on Monday, October 15, 2018, after losing his battle to Binswangers Disease (BD) Dementia while under hospice care. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Fowler. Memorial donations may be made to Asante Hospice, 2600 Siskiyou Blvd., Ste. 100, Medford, OR 97504.