Joseph William George Towner, 54, of Monroe Township in Adams County, Ohio, died Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at his home. He was born March 18, 1958, in West Union. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Towner, Jr. and one brother, David Patrick Towner.
He is survived by two daughters, Tiffany (William James) Rupp of Pickerington and Amber Towner of Columbus; mother, Frances Towner of Monroe Twp.; five brothers: Dan (Lana) Towner of Maysville, Kentucky, Denis Towner of Monroe Twp., Chris (Jonda) Towner of New Vienna, Mike (Lisa) Towner of Fayetteville, Patrick (Diane) Towner of Navarre, Florida; two sisters: Elaine (Ray) DeColibus of Circleville, and Angela (Rick) Moreno of Frankfort, Kentucky; two granddaughters, Madeline Belle Rupp and Bella Grace Rupp, both of Pickerington; uncle, Ret. Lt. Col. Robert Towner of Madison, Alabama; aunt, Marian Hurley of Monroe Twp.; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was a former welder in the construction and manufacturing industries.
He was a 1976 Graduate of West Union High School. He was a 1981 Graduate of Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky and received a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in West Union. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the first Gulf War (Codename Operation Desert Storm) and was a Petty Officer 1st Class. He was a member of the V.F.W. Richard L. Dryden Post 8287 in Manchester.
Memorial donations can be made to Lafferty Funeral Home, 205 South Cherry Street, West Union, Ohio 45693.
The Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in West Union. Father Tedd Kosse will officiate.
The visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union.
The interment is at Manchester Cemetery in Manchester.
The Adams County Honor Guard will perform a military service.