When Jan and Ray ”Bushy” Wards moved to Fowler in 2003, Jan instructed Bushy to buy a house. He he did better than that — he bought a 20-room motel and gave himself a job.

The Wards were busy in the  Fowler community after arriving. Bushy served a two-year term as mayor as well as working as a code enforcement officer and charming young and old as Santa Claus. That's quite the resume.

Jan worked as the court clerk for the Fowler Police Department and successfully owned and operated her own beauty salon.

But in 2016, they decided it was time to return to their home state of Kansas, to be nearer to their children and grandchildren.

“I enjoyed my time in Fowler; I met a lot of nice people. We’ve received many nice cards of thanks for our service to the community,” said Jan Wards.

Her husband agreed: ” I enjoyed being in Fowler, I learned a lot from the boys at coffee and enjoyed my terms as mayor. I even had a few accomplishments.”

They have entrusted Heather Trujillo and Scott Maldonado from Pueblo to manage the motel. They likewise have gotten involved in the community after moving to Fowler.

The two have established a working relationship with the Fowler Ministerial Alliance and have provided shelter for those in need.

Then, on March 27, Jan and Bushy Wards signed the final sale documents and turned the keys over to Trujillo and Maldonado.

“The only thing we are changing right away is the name. It will now be called the Fowler Inn,” Trujillo said.

“We are so excited; we love the community,” said Trujillo.

The two owners will doing what they’ve done since 2016: housekeeping, maintenance and laundry.

Room rates will remain at $48 and $58; there is no differential for weekends or holidays.

“We’ve already started taking reservations for our biggest weekend of the year, Missouri Day, but still have a few rooms available,” Trujillo said.

Additionally, they will continue selling car ports.

“We are anxious to see where we can take this venture,” Heather said.