Richard Alan Towal, 88 Years and 12 Days, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 1:35 P.M. February 12, 2018 at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born January 31, 1930 in Benton, Illinois to Frederick & Lena (Whittington) Towal. He married Marjorie A. Towal on February 14, 1987 in Alameda, California and she preceded him in death.
Mr. Towal is survived by his stepchildren, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Robert E. Towal, Sr.
Richard was a lifelong Christian, baptized at the First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois that was at 8th and Jordan Street. He participated in Mount Vernon’s Boy Scouts of America as a member and a leader for over 16 years. Following World War II, he was a director of Civilian Defense Ground Observer Corporation in Jefferson County, Illinois. After graduating school, he worked in Saint Louis, Missouri, Crab Orchard, Illinois, and Mount Vernon, Illinois with Montgomery Ward and Company in 1951. His first company transfer was to the Corporate Offices in Chicago, Illinois in 1956. In 1984, he transferred to the San Francisco Bay area, where he completed a 41 year career, retiring in 1992 as Project Engineer. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Masonic-Odd Fellow Cemetery in Benton, Illinois with Reverend Victor Long officiating at a later date.
Memorials: First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon and to First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon.