Douglas Randall Gowler (Doug), 78, of Opdyke, IL passed away at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL on January 22, 2022, after a long battle with lung cancer.
Doug was born in Opdyke, IL, on May 7, 1943, to Aline (Mama) Gowler and George Theberg. Doug lived an exciting life with endless stories of riding motorcycles, hanging out with unforgettable friends, having good laughs, and much more. He was a proud father, grandfather, and loyal friend. He will be remembered by his loud laugh, infectious smile, bold opinion, and constant stories. During his later years, he enjoyed mornings at the coffee shop with his buddies, long drives with his cousin, Fred Gowler, getting visits from his dear friend, Earl Hutcheson and having his little dog, Effie May, by his side. He is survived in death by his siblings, Delores Anderson of Mt. Vernon, IL, Jean Hurt (Darrell) of Fairfield, IL, Pete Theberg of Fairfield, IL; his children, Theresa Reinert (Les) of Elgin, IL, Clark Gowler of Chicago, IL, Troy Gowler (Kyra Rider) of Elgin, IL; Jeremy Miller of Fairfield, IL; Cody Gowler (Andrea) of O’Fallon, IL; his 9 grandchildren, and his 3 great-grandchildren and numerous friends and family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Aline Gowler; his stepfather, George Theberg; his grandmother, Sarah Lavina Gowler; his grandfather, Earl Gowler; his uncle, Granville Gowler; his aunt, June Gowler; and his aunt, Jackie Cox.
No services will be held at this time upon Doug’s request.
His son, Cody Gowler, would like to thank every friend and family member that took the time to call and visit his father during some very difficult and much needed times in his father’s life. It was a daily conversation about who had called or visited and how much they meant to him. Dad had a unique way of showing his affection, but he loved all of you dearly. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Doug’s honor. Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.