David F. Towell, 73, of Litchfield passed away suddenly the morning of May 7, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital, in the company of his loving wife Kathy, due to complications from his battle with Parkinson’s.
Born February 6, 1945, and raised in Litchfield to parents Kenneth Francis and Gladys Pauline (Tackaberry) Towell, he grew up on South State Street with his five siblings Patty, Carol, Margie, Roy, and Robin and spent countless hours playing baseball with friends at Schalk Field. Dave also enjoyed pitching horseshoes with his father and attended various statewide tournaments. He organized annual summer horseshoe tournaments at Lake Lou Yaeger numerous years in the seventies and eighties. Foremost, he was an avid basketball fan playing in high school and even into his forties, traveling to pick-up games with family and friends. Dave had a mean left-handed hook and jump shot. He enjoyed coaching his nieces, nephews, and children the hard way with aggressive shot blocking. He was also skilled at free throw shooting and enjoyed recalling a time when he won a contest versus much younger players. In the late ‘90s, he enjoyed cruising his family around on their pontoon boat at Lake Lou. Throughout his life, he enjoyed reading biography and history books and could easily finish three in a week. Family get-togethers were his favorite pastime. For years, the Towell family gathered on holidays and Sunday afternoons to eat dinner, sip coffee, and talk (sometimes loudly) about politics.
Dave started work in his youth as a paper boy and in his teens was a short-order cook at the Ariston Cafe. He owned and operated his business Mid-State Sheetmetal from 1980 until he retired in 2007. Dave had the personal motto of never doing any project less than perfect and took a great deal of pride in his work. He was a generous and supportive friend to all who met him. Even if they didn’t ask for his help, he was there offering to lend a hand with his talents, time, advice, and monetary contributions.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years Kathy, Children: Jill Zolman, Ryan Towell, Michelle (Mike) Dennis, and Rebecca (Rev. Mark) Harriss, Grandchildren: Lexi and Viktoria Zolman, Michaela and Mason Dennis, Elsa, Abigail and Magdalene Harriss, and Siblings: Patricia Morgan, Carol Blankenship, Margie Lamb, Roy Towell, and Robin (Dave) Hering. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held Fri., May 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Rev. Fred Kraemer will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4-7 p.m. in Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. Cremation will follow the services. The family suggests memorials to Onward In Faith Campaign (to benefit Zion Lutheran School) in Litchfield. For more information, to light a candle or sign the online guestbook, please visit www.plummerfuneralservices.com.
Onward In Faith Campaign (to Benefit Zion Lutheran School)
Litchfield IL 62056