OBITUARY

John Russell Tower

August 21, 1921December 16, 2017

John Russell Tower, a resident of Dallas for more than half a century, native to Weymouth Massachusetts, passed away in the afternoon of December 16th. Son of Josephine and Oscar Tower, John was born on the 21stof August in 1912, one of two children. He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor, his son John Bernard Tower, his wife Grace Roos Tower and his dear friends Rafi Zeinelpour and Freeman Baldridge. At high school he excelled on the track and set the state record for the mile run which remained for 25 years. He received a full scholarship to the Colorado School of Mines where he graduated in 1935 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1940 to 1948. Having wed his wife in June of 1941 whom he met whilst stationed in San Antonio, he recalled receiving the news of what happened that December and would go on to serve as a Transport Pilot in the Mediterranean. John and Grace stayed abroad after WWII as part of the Army of Occupation in Germany. There, they welcomed their first child Jane. They returned home and settled in Texas, where they raised a further four children, John, Steve, Regan and Angela with the ever valued support of Lola Lee Bonner. In Dallas John continued his work as a Petroleum Engineer for the Energy Information Service, which he reluctantly retired from at the age of 97, after 37 years of faithful employment. He had a love of reading both books and newspapers and much appreciated the writing of Jacquielynn Floyd of this newspaper. He shared a devotion to the arts with his wife, who both enjoyed the Dallas Opera season each year. His curiosity did not wane with age and he would always go to the literature when perplexed by the world. Answers and the pursuit of those answers was a lifelong commitment that earned him a reputation as not only an intellectual, but a talented conversationalist. Known by many as ‘Uncle Russ’, his life and how he lived it is as a sterling example to the many friends and family members he embraced. He was ever caring for those he loved and for this and so much more, will be dearly missed. The family would like to thank those who cared for our beloved John in his final years. Visitation will be Thursday, December 21st from 10am to 1pm at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2pm Thursday, December 21st at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3811 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. Burial will be 11:30am, Saturday, December 23rd at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.

Memorial contributions can be made to Catholic Relief Services at www.crs.org

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, December 23, 2017

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George White

December 20, 2017

Please accept my most sincere condolences to you and your family.

Steve Grape

December 20, 2017

I worked with Russ at the Dallas Field Office of the U.S. Energy Information Administration for 15 years (before he begrudgingly retired), he was an animated 88-year-old when I signed on at age 30! I remember him fondly -- sharp as a tack, tallying the Field Code Master List entries by hand, and rattling off gas field names from Virginia to California from memory. Wishing Comfort to his Family and many Friends.

Eileen and Ron Ricks

December 20, 2017

John was a dear friend to my mother for the last 14 years at Edgemere and at The Plaza. My husband and I benefited from their friendship by the great privilege of knowing John. We were constantly amazed by his good humor and intellect. Always up to date on current events and continual source of knowledge. He will be greatly missed.

Katherine Gehring

December 19, 2017

Uncle Russ was our sweet prince! He taught us well and the best of him is what he left.
Now we have another angel to watch over us.

Margaret Donohue

December 19, 2017

We loved him as long as we knew him. A gentleman that loved his children and their children and their children and all of us that were privileged to have shared time with him. Margaret and Michael Donohue

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY