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Robert John "Jack" Towers

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Robert John "Jack" Towers Obituary
Towers, Robert John "Jack" Oak Brook, age 83, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 6, 2014. He was born on April 21, 1930 in Peoria, IL, to John Lockhart and Nellie Grace (Henry) Towers. At age 5, his family moved to Springfield, IL where he was raised and schooled. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois (1952). He was an ROTC-Bronze Tablet recipient. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity. Upon graduating, he received his commission as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He served as a F86 fighter pilot in Korea. Upon returning home after the war, Jack received his Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. It was while he was in Champaign-Urbana as a graduate student, he met his future wife, Marjorie Jean Zeglin. Jack and Marge were united in marriage on July 13, 1957; a marriage that lasted 51 years. Marge and Jack moved to Oak Brook in 1970, and had many decades' long friendships. He was a 44 year member of Christ Church of Oak Brook and served as elder and head usher. Jack spent the majority of his career with Armco Steel Corporation and finished his career with Chemical Waste Management. Jack served as president of National Society of Professional Engineers, president of Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, president of the University of Illinois Civil Engineering Alumni Association, president of the District 53 school board, and served on the Executive Citizen's Council that provided pivotal incite and guidance in the development of the Oak Brook Park District. Jack was an avid Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Cardinals fan, as well as a lifelong Fighting Illini fan. Jack was a gardener and was known for his homemade raspberry pies. He also coached many youth sports teams and served as a Cub and Boy Scout leader. Jack was an active member of the Indian Prairie Genealogy Group. Serving at the local food pantry brought Jack great joy. Jack and Marge were ardent world travelers and he was proud to have visited all 50 states. Jack is survived by his three children, John (Sandra) Towers of Western Springs, IL, Tom (Nancy) Towers of Downers Grove, IL, and Leigh (Steve) Barczi of Madison, WI. He is further survived by eight grandchildren, Courtney (Grant) Hannah, Katie Towers, Jack Towers, Marly Towers, Ben Towers, Natalie Barczi, Stephen Barczi, and Amelia Barczi. Jack was also the proud great-grandfather to Hudson Hannah. Additionally he is survived by a brother-in-law, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. His love of his family and friends was the cornerstone of his character and he will always be remembered for his keen sense of humor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; his parents, John and Nellie; and his sister, Patricia Flesher. The family would like to thank the staff of Park Place, Oak Trace and the William S. Middleton V.A. (Madison, WI), for the love and care they gave Jack in these last several months. A visitation will be held Thursday, April 17th at Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 S. Meyers Road, Lombard, IL from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will held on Friday, April 18th at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 31st and York Rd., Oak Brook, starting at 11:00 a.m. A funeral luncheon will follow. Memorials can be given to Christ Church of Oak Brook (attn.: Salvation Army Church Food Pantry), 31st & York Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523 or Honor Flight Chicago, 938 W. Montana St., Chicago, IL 60614.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Apr. 17 to Apr. 23, 2014
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