Robert Dewey Nowlin
Robert Dewey Nowlin

November 17, 1950 - July 11, 2018
Born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Resided in Bowling Green, Kentucky


Our daddy, Robert (Bob) Dewey Nowlin, 67, of Bowling Green passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert (Rob) Dewey Nowlin, II; the mother of his children, Linda Graham Nowlin; his parents, Madie Lee Baxter Baker and Wilson H. Baker; his father, John Dewey Nowlin; and siblings, Doris (Susie) Lewis, Howard Lee Cape, and Doug Nowlin.

Born in Bowling Green, he lived in Louisville for a short time before returning to Warren County. The U.S. Army drafted him for service during the Vietnam Conflict, where he began his practice of trade as a plumber. As a member of the 101st Airborne Division, where he was given the designation as a sharp shooter, he was deployed for combat to Vietnam and survived many frontline attacks and helicopter crashes. His will, determination, and fortitude were how he was able to return home to his wife and daughter and continue to expand his family that resulted in another daughter and his son.

After an honorable discharge, he returned home where he worked as a plumber until he began his own company, Bob’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning and Septic Tank Service, of which he was owner/operator for over 25 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and spent so much time nurturing others about the respect of nature and wildlife. Hunting and fishing with Rob was his favorite pastime. He found great joy and pride in watching and celebrating the growth and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.

A man of many nicknames, which he also bestowed on those whom he loved (especially children), he was known as “Drip” to the Rebel Motorcycle Club where he had served as Vice President. There is no one who put “family first” more than our daddy. He led by example and instilled in us the meaning of family as the “most important thing in life.” This distinction didn’t stop with bloodlines, as he considered many friends to be family too.

Survivors include his daughters, Michelle (Kenny) Jones of Elizabethtown, Sonja Nowlin of Nashville; his two granddaughters who were the pride of his life, Haley Jones and Riley Jones, both of Elizabethtown; and his sisters Norma (Doug) Roberts, Cynthia Johnson, and Debbie Anderson, all of Bowling Green; Patricia (Ken) Coleman of Smiths Grove; and Debbie (Charles) Nowlin-Sexton of Brinkley, Arkansas; a brother, Leon (Mona) Nowlin of Carrollton, Texas, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his canine companion, Max, and a best friend and companion who was like a brother to him, Marvin “Pete” Woolbright.

Dad would want everyone to know how much he “appreciated” the entire staff and physicians who serve at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare VA Medical Center. Their first-class medical care and compassion for him and our family since 2002 are how he was able to have so many wonderful experiences and quality time with us.

Dad chose cremation and did not want a formal funeral. To honor him, all are welcome at a Celebration of Life potluck gathering on Saturday, August 4th from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Phil Moore Park Multi-Purpose Room (7101 Scottsville Road in Alvaton). All friends and family are invited to bring a dish and drinks (or just stop by) to share along with a story, picture, or memory. As Daddy would have it… it will be a party!

If you wish to honor Dad’s life and memory, please consider donating to the endowed memorial scholarship fund at Western Kentucky University that we established upon the passing of his son. Daddy always wanted something good to come from the bad, and he was so fulfilled to have been present for the first two scholarships awarded from the Rob Nowlin Memorial Scholarship Fund. It was his wish to help young people in his community to be successful. You may contribute at




Celebration of Life
Celebration of Life
7101 Scottsville Road
Alvaton, KY 42122
Saturday, August 4, 2018
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM