William Towers Sr., 87, of Dickson City died Monday morning in Commonwealth Hospice in Scranton following a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Turock Towers, in 1998.
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Born Aug. 22, 1925, in Dickson City, he was the son of the late Thomas S. and Helen Zalewski Towers. He was a graduate of Dickson City High School and was an Army World War II combat veteran serving in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central European campaigns. He was a recipient of the European Theatre service medal with three bronze stars. Before his retirement, he was employed by the Tobyhanna Army Depot as a Fireman Crew Chief. Bill was a World War II DAV life member and a member of the Dickson City Primitive Methodist Church. He was a 32nd-Degree Mason, a member of the Irem Temple Shrine, and a 59-year member of Kingsbury Lodge 466 in Olyphant. He was a former member of the Eagle Hose Company 1 of Dickson City.
Surviving are two daughters, Ruth T. Gunter of Dickson City; and Susan Abrahams and husband, Jay, of Germantown, Md.; one son, William J. Towers of Dickson City; one grandson, Taylor W. Abrahams of Germantown, Md.; two brothers, George J. Towers of Fleetville; and Thomas Towers of Dickson City; two sisters, Helen Madsen and husband, Herb, of Batavia, Ill.; and Betty McKinney and husband, Charles, of Naperville, Ill.; brother-in-law, Dr. Michael J. Turock and wife, Jane, of Dalton; sisters-in-law, Carol Towers of Dillsburg; and Barbara Turock of Clarks Summit.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary T. Parsons; and a brother, Robert Towers.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, with Timothy Weeks as officiating clergy. Interment with military honors, SS. Cyril and Methodius Church Cemetery, Peckville.
Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Commonwealth Home Hospice of NEPA, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510 or the
Parkinson's Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136-1494. For online condolences, go to www.duffyands nowdon.com.
Published in Scranton Times from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2012