Lee L. Fowler II

Lee L. Fowler II

September 19, 1961 – February 25, 2020


Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and grill master.  Lee L. Fowler was received by the Lord Tuesday, February 25th in his hometown of Omaha, NE.  Lee grew up on a farm outside of Omaha where he learned the meaning of hard work and dedication.  These attributes, as well as his ability to make a friend out of anyone led to a successful 39 years with Pepsi Co. where he began his career as a weekend merchandiser.  He graduated from Platteview High School in 1980 which where he met the love of his life, Laurie and they were married in 1983.  Lee was passionate about all things outdoors; hunting, fishing, gardening, grilling and enjoyed sharing those passions with everyone he could.  He was a dedicated volunteer into the Springfield United Methodist Youth Group and a loyal Husker fan.

He will be sorely missed and remembered by his wife, Laurie; daughters, Melissa and Meagan; siblings: Mary Pat (Kirk) Kuppig, Doak (Tamara) Fowler, Peggy Vaughan, Tom Fowler, Terry Fowler, Jim Fowler and Frank Fowler (Sharon); many nieces and nephews; father and mother-in-law, Jack Pugh and Kathleen (Trombly); sisters-in-law, Linda Lundy and Lisa Tillman.  Lee was preceded in death by parents, Lee L. Fowler, Sr. and Mary (Kastl); sister-in-law, Claudia (Wheeler) Fowler; and will be greeted in heaven by beloved hunting dogs; Hank, Gunner and Cody.

Family will receive friends Sunday, March 1st from 5pm to 8pm, at the West Center Chapel. Please feel free to wear Husker gear or Camo Sunday evening.  MEMORIAL SERVICE: Monday, March 2nd, 11am, Springfield Nebraska United Methodist Church (480 Main St., Springfield, NE.)  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Springfield United Methodist Youth Group.




  • Robert Green Posted February 26, 2020 12:25 pm

    We were shocked and completely saddened about Lee’s sudden passing. He and Laurie have always been so giving to Springfield.
    Our prayers are with the family.

  • Layne slack Posted February 26, 2020 5:18 pm

    Lee Fowler was a great friend. My deepest condolences to his wife and two daughters. Even though I never met any of you I feel like I know you through what Lee would say about you.
    I work for Admiral Beverage an independent Pepsi Bottler in Utah, Lee has called on us for several years and have formed a deep friendship. I will miss his great Humor and badgering back and forth. Lee was a great ambassador for Pepsi-Cola but a better friend that cared about other people. May God bless your family and give you all the strength you need in this difficult time.

  • Ken Schaefer Posted February 26, 2020 6:21 pm

    Laurie and family, we were shocked and saddened to learn of Lee’s sudden and untimely passing. Our thoughts and prayers ate with you and your family.. je will be missed always. With our deepest sympathy, Ken and Susan Schaefer

  • janice schad Posted February 27, 2020 8:15 am

    We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Lee’s sudden illness and passing. I am so sorry Laurie and their girls have to endure this loss. Please take care of each other, we are all praying for you.

  • Clarissa Milano Posted February 27, 2020 9:03 am

    So sorry for your loss . I have worked with Lee over the years and he will be deeply missed. Please always know the Pepsi family will always be here for you and your family. God Bless

  • Bob Vass Posted February 27, 2020 9:14 am

    I am just hearing about Lee’s passing this morning; I am deeply saddened at the news. He and I were FAM’s together when the role was first created. I always knew Lee to be positive and inspirational and ALWAYS enjoyed talking to him, especially if I needed a chuckle. I can’t imagine the hurt and pain you are enduring. I will certainly light a candle for your family and pray for God’s peace and comfort in this impossibly difficult time.

  • Hillary Gander Posted February 27, 2020 9:16 am

    Lee was such a special person. He was passionate about Pepsi, his family, and other fun things like hunting and smoking his meats. I remember him always talking about family gatherings and how proud he was of his daughters. Plus, he was the best person to bounce “crazy” Pepsi ideas around and if they would work or not.

    Much love to the Fowler family, Lee will be missed, Hillary

  • Tammy Moore Posted February 27, 2020 10:43 am

    I am so very sorry for your great loss, what a very special person he was! I can’t imagine the pain you all are going through, my deep heart felt prayers for all of you and his family, I will never forget him. What a amazing man and friend he was I. Old High school, friend.

  • Shana Morris Posted February 27, 2020 11:34 am

    Lee was a great leader at Pepsi and always had a wonderful sense of humor. He was well respected not only by the Pepsi team but also by the franchise bottlers. He will be deeply missed!
    Sending Peace and Prayers to you and your girls Laurie.
    With deepest sympathy, Shana Morris

  • Mike Ostransky Posted February 27, 2020 12:49 pm

    Laurie and Family,
    Just want to express our sympathy to you, your girls and family during this difficult time. Lee (Pud) was a fun person and always a leader in our Class of 1980 at Platteview High School. He called just last week , planning and working on the 40th reunion this year. I had no idea he was even ill. It wasn’t about him, it was about his friends, his class and his community. Prayers to all during this difficult time. He will be missed.

  • Sam Haralson Posted February 27, 2020 2:21 pm

    I would like to send my condolences to Lee’s family and friends.
    He was a great guy to work with, and knew the business well!
    I will certainly miss you Lee!

    Sam Haralson
    PCBC Safford, Az

  • Gary Pugh Posted February 27, 2020 2:47 pm

    Laurie, Jack,Kay, and all family. Our deepest sympathy is extented to each of you. We were saddened to learn of Lee’s untimely death. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and we send love to each of you…
    Love, Gary and Brenda

  • Barry Begun Posted February 27, 2020 4:55 pm

    I had the honor and pleasure of working closely with Lee for nearly 10 years, together on the Pepsi Franchise team. We spent many many hours on the road together, traveling across the West to work with our Pepsi partners. Lee was always a wonderful friend, and I know he was a dedicated husband, father, and member of the community in Omaha. I cannot believe he won’t be with us in person, but his spirit will live on in wonderful memories. My condolences to Laurie, Melissa, Meagan, and all of Lee’s family. I was lucky to be in his Pepsi family, and will miss Lee a great deal.

  • Ross & Deb Tuccitto Posted February 27, 2020 5:42 pm

    We were fortunate to have been friends and getting to know the family. Prayers for you and family. So sad!

  • Leonard Hernandez Posted February 27, 2020 8:24 pm

    Heaven has been blessed to now have Lee although he will be missed by many friends and colleagues including myself.
    While in Rapid City Lee and myself started a great friendship that included countless fishing trips on the Missouri, pheasant hunts in the many fields of South Dakota and laying on the freezing ground in the early morning hours waiting for some geese to come our way. We even managed to get some work done in the 20+ years we were friends and business partners. Glad I was able to spend the time I did with him. My deepest condolences to your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Kathie Cooper Posted February 27, 2020 8:44 pm

    Lee was one in a million and he will be sorely missed by many. He always had a big smile on his face and a kind word. I was truly blessed to have spent many hours working together with you both cooking for the Game Feeds and Youth activities. Laurie and girls you are in my prayers.

  • David Sass Posted February 27, 2020 9:38 pm

    I was so saddened to hear about Lee’s passing. He and I spent a lot of time together way back in High School. Some of the best night’s ever were spent out at his bunk house solving all of Platteview’s many problems followed by a late night run to Denny’s. Really terrific guy, incredibly funny, and so awesome to be around. I will miss you buddy. My condolences to Laurie and the family – my heart and prayers go out to you.

  • Dan Fitzmorris Posted February 27, 2020 9:50 pm

    Rest in peace my friend I will sorely miss you and the days we traveled together through out Wyoming for Pepsi you are too brother

  • Sandie & Fred Mapp Posted February 28, 2020 1:13 am

    Dear Laurie, Melissa , Megan , Kay, Jack and Family, We were stunned to hear of Lee’s passing. We want you all to know that we are keeping you in our prayers. May our Blessed Lord grant you all the grace and strength to get through this time of sorrow and agony. Lee will be missed by all who had the great privilege of knowing him. May Lee’s precious soul rest in God’s peace and may the love of friends and family bring you comfort at this difficult time. With prayers and our deepest condolences to Laurie and the whole family
    Sandie & Fred

  • Larry Bowers Posted February 28, 2020 2:13 am

    In this crazy corporate world, it is rare to have the opportunity to spend 20 years with the same person. Over the years and countless miles together, we have shared the laughter, tears, discussions that most normal brothers have and I can’t get my head around not picking Lee up at the next airport and traveling the states we have covered together. While i have only met Laurie once, I can’t tell you the adoration he had for you. Melissa and Megan…. while we have never met, i know most every detail of your lives for the past 20 years. Our conversations never started with how is the business, it was always “how is the family”. I am going to miss my dear friend and brother and traveling these vast states we have covered together will never be the same. My prayers go out to you and the family during this difficult time. I know his faith was strong and he is enjoying the grace of God today that has carried him through so many difficulty times.

  • Dan Martin Posted February 28, 2020 4:14 am

    I had the joy of working with Lee at Pepsi. He had great business skills. I loved the way he carried himself with a constant smile, positive spirit, and a sense of calmness that were an example for all. We are all better for knowing him.

  • Lee Bennett Posted February 28, 2020 6:28 am

    As a cousin I have always been very close to my favorite family. Lee was always good to me even though we were 1500 miles apart. We went hunting, golfing and Nebraska football games together. He was also a great bar be que cook.and party planer.
    It saddens me to have him taken so soon.
    My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to his family which is very close to my heart.
    May God bless you and keep you all.

  • Jerry Kirschenheiter Posted February 28, 2020 12:30 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Lee guided me thrue all the ins and outs as a new On Premise Manager, he was a true friend and will be forever missed. Rest in peace brother Fowler!

  • Steve Michels Posted February 29, 2020 12:13 pm

    Laurie, Melissa and Meagan: My deepest sympathies to you during this time of great personal loss.
    Words can not accurately describe how shocked and devastated we all are.
    Lee and I had covered the Western bottlers these past 17 years. I was very fortunate to work with him as a trusted an highly valued business partner; but even more importantly, as a friend. Lee embodied the zest for life that most people only dream of. He worked, played hard and always had a joke or found humor amidst our busy lifestyle. My heart goes out to all of you. Lee will be truly missed, but not forgotten. I wish you all love and healing and God’s peace.

  • Connie Dicker Posted February 29, 2020 9:44 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Lee and I worked closely together and was a great friend. He was a proud dad and always shared updates on his family.

  • Paul Marek Posted March 1, 2020 10:56 am

    Lee Fowler: son, husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and colleague, a “liver of life.”
    Lee was a “little bit” competitive in his many activities, he was an excellent “teller of tales,” a “stretcher of truth,” and the quickest to call out, “I got him!!” All that he did was in good nature. When you are blessed to be a part of a great family like the Fowlers, each caring and sharing with one another, you would still recognize the unique qualities of the “baby brother.” Lee was a very good son, a husband and father who loved his wife and children to the utmost, a brother there to help whenever needed, a friend and colleague who reveled in your successes. In other words, he lived life to the fullest, loved his family and friends to the fullest, and showed us how to live life to the fullest.
    Pud, you will always be in our thoughts and prayers!!
    Thank you for treating me as your brother.

  • Debbie (Roseland) Meschede Posted March 1, 2020 4:35 pm

    Laurie — I am SO very sorry to hear of the loss of your precious Lee. You guys were always such a special couple. I remember when you started dating and watching that relationship grow. When you were getting married, your rehearsal dinner will always be one of the most touching and memorable ones that I have ever been to. Sending HUGS to you and your girls. You will find strength in each other in the difficult days ahead. Praying for you all and holding you close at heart-

  • Karin Coker Posted March 1, 2020 6:19 pm

    Dear Fowler Family, I am so sad to hear that Lee passed away. As a teacher at Platteview High School. I met Lee and the Fowler boys, who were all such good kids. Lee always made me laugh; he had a sparkle in his eyes and smile. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Laurie and the girls and the entire family

  • Jay Anderson Posted March 1, 2020 10:58 pm

    Laurie, Melissa and Meagan: You and the entire family are in my thoughts and prayers during this life changing time. I was so saddened to hear of Puds passing. I haven’t been in touch with Pud for many years but thought of him often and the many memories of our early years growing up in Omaha and later all the great times on the farm. The 4th of July parties were legendary! Even though Pud had his brothers, I was accepted as an honorary Fowler and was treated as a brother and a son to Lee and Mary. Pud always had my back when we were getting into boyhood mischief. I always knew he was there for me as a friend and brother. My kids felt like they knew Pud because of all the stories I told them about Pud and I growing up. I know God will guide you and the girls during this time and continue to give you answers as you move forward.
    We now have another Angel looking over us!
    God Bless you, your daughters and the entire Fowler family.
    Jay Anderson

  • Katie Hanrahan Jensen Posted March 3, 2020 2:22 pm

    This announcement made my heart stop. So many of my high school memories include him. Sending loving thoughts and prayers to Laurie and his entire family.

  • Curtis S OConnor Posted March 7, 2020 6:28 am

    My thoughts and prayers to all of the Fowler family. My sincerest condolences for an incredibly great loss. I’ll never forget the hunting trips and the long road trips I made with Lee over the many years we worked together at Pepsi. He was a ‘man’s man’ and was as comfortable at a corporate business function as he was in the scrub brush at a hunt. You will be missed my friend.

  • Sharon Smith Posted March 19, 2020 12:11 pm

    I first met Lee in 1998, my first year at Pepsi. He was one of my favorite longtime friends in the Foodservice Division and every time we saw each other he was so positive and encouraging to be around. We reunited again in 2013 when I began traveling out West. He was always an amazing team player and so much fun to work with. He was supportive and respectful of women in the business, and treated me like a sister. You knew he had your back and you could always rely on him. Lee knew what was really important in life and cared deeply for his family & friends. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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