Burton H. Fowkes
Enjoyed spending time with his family
NEW BETHLEHEM Burton H. Fowkes, 84, of New Bethlehem, died peaceably Thursday evening, September 5, 2019, at Clarion Hospital.
Born on December 1, 1934, in New Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Roscoe and Ethel (Crispen) Fowkes. He was married on June 29, 1957, to Marian P. Lawson.
Burton was a 1953 graduate of New Bethlehem High School and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959 in Germany.
He worked as a bricklayer and contractor and was the owner of Fowkes Masonry and Concrete Contractors. He had a great respect for his crew and enjoyed working with them.
He belonged to the Bricklayer and Allied Craftworkers Local 9 Union for over 40 years. He was a member of the Leatherwood Anti-Horsethief Association, the Loyal Order of Moose 366 of New Bethlehem where he was governor, the Clarion Eagles and the Kittanning Elks Club.
He also was a past member of the F&AM Lodge 522 of New Bethlehem and the Coudersport Consistory. He was a member of the New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church and the Lake Square Presbyterian Church in Leesburg, Florida.
In his younger days, he loved playing baseball with the New Bethlehem Newbies and cherished the lifelong friendships he made playing baseball. He enjoyed spending precious time with his family, especially with his grandson, watching him play baseball, golfing, making walking sticks, and talking about everything and nothing.
Burt also cherished the friendships he made over the years with other kids' parents while watching Little League games. Burton enjoyed hanging out at the farm having cookouts and camp fires, and spending time with his breakfast club buddies. He wintered in Leesburg, Florida, where he liked boating and fishing, especially for crappies.
Burton is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marian P. Fowkes of New Bethlehem, a son, Scott Fowkes and his wife Julie Graf of Limestone, three grandchildren, Brady Fowkes of Limestone, Danielle Graf Wimer (Matt) of Summerville, and Kelsey Graf Ames (Josiah) of Erie, three great-grandsons, Nelson, Maddox, and Hayden, and a "granddog," Harley.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Corbin R. Fowkes, and two infant sisters.
Burton's wish was to be cremated. The family will hold a private memorial service at their convenience.
The Alcorn Funeral Home in Hawthorn is handling the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to Burton's family at http://www.alcornfuneralhome.com