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Marin Independent Journal
Tuesday, December 14, 1999
Section B, page 2
TOWERS – Robert Emmet. Born March 2, 1920 in Covington, Kentucky. Deceased December 3, 1999 in San Jose, California. Loving husband of the late Joan Towers; devoted father of Kathleen Manbert and Thomas Towers; adored grandpa of Elise and Rush Manbert and Alexandra Towers. Survived by brothers Edward and John Towers and sister Catherine Goulding. Preceded into rest by brother Thomas Towers.
Bob traveled extensively as a young man. He was living and working on Johnston Island at the time the U.S. entered World War II. From there he sailed to Honolulu and worked in the shipyards amid the devastation of Pearl Harbor. He returned to the East Coast and enlisted in the Army and saw duty in Europe, driving his half-track across the Rhine at Remagen and on into Berlin. His experiences provided stories he would tell for the next 50 years.
Upon his return to the States, he moved to San Francisco where he met and married Joan Hummer. They moved to the new community of Marinwood and stayed to raise their family.
Bob was a kind, humorous man. He was always ready with a story or a toast or a silly song, including such memorable treats at “The Face on the Bar Room Floor” and “Eatin’ Reagan Cheese.” Most of these were sung to the tune of “Red River Valley.” He organized a yearly 4th of July Watermelon Festival for the neighborhood children, each year crowning a King and Queen for the Festival. The kids all called him “Daddy Bob.” He had many jobs during his lifetime, finally running his own sign painting business. What he wanted most was to be his own boss and enjoy life. He was an avid and knowledgeable baseball fan.
Parkinson’s Disease robbed him of his livelihood, his mobility, his home, and finally his life. He will be sadly missed and dearly remembered by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 16, 1999 at Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato, California.
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