Cedric Fowler celebrates 100th birthday

Longtime Southport area resident Cedric Fowler celebrates his 100th birthday at Rosegate


A month before his 100th birthday, Cedric Fowler began counting down the days with his daughter, Cathy Middendorf. The day arrived – Nov. 8 – and Cedric was able to celebrate a century of living with his family and friends at Roseate Senior Living.

Cathy Middendorf smiles at her father Cedric Fowler after singing Happy Birthday.
Cathy Middendorf smiles at her father Cedric Fowler after singing Happy Birthday.

“Now he’s the oldest person in the family,” Cathy said. “It’s pretty neat to celebrate that with him.”

Born Nov. 8, 1916, Cedric grew up in Wanton, Ind., where he graduated from high school in 1934. He married his late wife, Dorothy, in 1938. They moved to Indianapolis, the Southport area, in 1941. Cedric was taking extended electronic classes at Purdue University while working at Allison’s until he knew his “number was getting close” for the draft. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Nov. 20, 1942, in the Pacific as a radar mechanic for a B-29 Bomber.

Cedric Fowler during his service in WWII.
Cedric Fowler during his service in WWII.

“Recently I flew in an airplane like what I did in the war,” he said. “They pushed and squeezed and got me in the plane. They took me for a ride around a lake somewhere.”

Cedric spent the rest of his career installing organs in churches and homes. He’s always enjoyed listening to music, especially love songs. He enjoyed playing softball, among other sports, and traveling with his family. He is a longtime member of Southport Baptist Church and had served on the building committee.

Cedric celebrated his birthday on election day – and yes, he voted. Southport Mayor Russell McClure joined the birthday party to declare Nov. 8 as Cedric Fowler Day in Southport. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett also sent a proclamation.

Cedric watched closely as his 100th birthday cake was cut, enjoying the action taking place around him. As guests asked him his secret to living a long life, he humbly replies, “just living a good life, I suppose.”