David B. Tower, 92, passed away on May 8, 2018 in Hemet, California.
David Benjamin Tower was born on March 5, 1926, to Ben and Fern Tower in Staples, Minnesota. He graduated from Staples High School and served in the Merchant Marines until World War II ended in 1945. He was discharged from the military and came back to Staples to work where he met Janette (Coleman) Tower. In June 1950, David received a B.S. degree in Pharmacology and Chemistry from North Dakota State University. He accepted his first pharmacy job in Little Falls, Minnesota.
On July 1, 1951, he married Janette Coleman in Staples, Minnesota at the Methodist Church there. After working in Staples, Minnesota, they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked as a pharmacist until moving to Greene, Iowa, where they made their home. They were blessed with two children along this journey, Jeffrey and Steven.
Throughout his adult life, David was an active member of the Masonic Lodge. In retirement, they loved to travel, taking trips to England, Hawaii and Alaska, to name a few. He loved to fish and play golf and enjoyed reading, working on puzzles and watching Westerns. He spent many hours in his garden caring for his flowers.
David was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Janette Tower (2000), his son, Jeffrey Tower (2017), his parents, his brother James (Dorothy), his sister Ruth (Gerald) Hand, and other extended family members.
Left to cherish the great memories are his son, Steven and daughter-in-law Karla, grandchildren Erin (Matt) Swenka, Jonathan (Nataliia) Tower, Amanda (Jon) Wright, Justin Tower, and Jamie (James) Burrow, three great-grandchildren, Bailey, Logan and Alexandra. Also surviving David are his sister-in-law Karen Demmon and brother-in-law Donald Coleman and other extended family.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Presbyterian church in Greene, Iowa, with visitation at 10:00 am and service at 11:00 am. Burial will be immediately following the service in Rose Hill Cemetery in Greene.