Richard D. “Rick” Vowels, 72, of Carmel, passed away on July 27, 2020 surrounded by his children. Rick was born on April 22, 1948 in Cairo, Illinois to the late Clifford Eugene and Marcelle (Barnbrook) Vowels. On July 10, 1971 Rick wed Dianna J. Sprinkle; Dianna preceded Rick in death on June 9, 2020.
Upon graduating Kemper Military School at the top of his class, Rick went on to graduate from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in business. A natural leader, Rick had a successful career at Sears for over 30 years. Rick went on to help other companies in leadership roles. In his spare time, Rick loved to play Euchre and listen to country music. Rick delighted in vacationing at Kentucky Lake with his family during the summers. Family truly meant a lot to Rick, and he enjoyed studying his family’s history. Rick will be remembered as an excellent provider for his family and a doting grandfather to his grandchildren.
Along with his parents and wife, Rick is preceded in death by his brothers, Clifford Hugh and Father G. Timothy Vowels.
Survivors include his children, Nolan (Stephanie) and Nathan Vowels and Megan Smith; his three grandchildren, Madison, Kaitlynn, and Caleb Smith; and a brother, Gary A. (Shirley) Vowels; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Rick on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:30 AM at Nativity Catholic Church, 7225 Southeastern Ave, Indianapolis, with calling hours beginning at 10:00 AM prior to the mass. Please visit www.ORileyFuneralHome.com to sign the guest registry.