William Stanley (Stan) FowkesNovember 29, 1928 – July 24, 2006
William Stanley Fowkes, age 77, of Parachute, passed away July 24 at the V.A. Nursing Home in Rifle.Stan was born in Verona, Pa., on Nov. 29, 1928, to Harold and Eliza (Parkinson) Fowkes.He married Joanne Gray April 8, 1952, in Winchester, Va.He served in the U.S. Navy as a Metal Smith 2nd Class, and served in the Korean War on a troop transport.Stan was an avid gardener and owner of Pine Hills Gardens Nursery in Cheswick, Pa., specializing in rock garden plants. He moved to Colorado with his family to work in the oil shale industry, and last worked as a plant superintendent for Chevron at the Ca Tract in Rio Blanco County. Stan served on the Grand Valley School Board and Town Council. He loved to go hunting with his kids and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife; children Linda (Don) Moore, Cindy (Larry) Rogers, Tim (Dawn) Fowkes, Bill (Ron) Fowkes Jr., and Heather (Sam) Moots; brothers George and Clarence Fowkes; sister Pearl Hawke; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many friends. There will be memorial services at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at the Russey-Hurlburt Cemetery in Parachute. Pastor Robert McNed of the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church of Parachute will officiate. All friends and relatives are welcome to attend.In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for all donations to go to the V.A. Nursing Home in Rifle.Rifle Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
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