Francis David Tow

February 14, 1931 - January 31, 2011 

Francis David Tow

February 14, 1931 - January 31, 2011 

Obituary for Francis David Tow

Francis David “Dave” Tow died on January 31, 2011 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, Missouri. He was born February 14, 1931 in Marshalltown, Iowa; the second son of Francis Albert Tow and Gladys Elizabeth Misner. He spent a happy childhood in Manhattan, Kansas where he became an avid supporter of Kansas State Basketball. The family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School and subsequently from Drake University as a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force.

Following his military service, Dave and his wife Mariann Hopson Tow moved to Kansas City, Missouri where Dave worked as an Air Route Traffic Controller in Olathe, Kansas. Dave and his wife Mariann built their home in Hickman Mills, where they raised two children, Ann Elizabeth and David Leland. Dave was active in support of his children; Indian Guides, Girl Scouts, Little League sports, and bicycling. He enjoyed family vacations which he planned to be both educational and challenging every year - camping, canoeing hiking, biking, and beach time with his brother's family. His collection of travel information was extensive - his favorite "out of country" trips were London and Norway. He really loved a joke or a prank and as the family "Uncle Louie" worked ceaselessly to "put one over' on his brother Dick.

Dave pursued a variety of intellectual interests, especially all history surrounding WWII. Tow family history, everything about Norway, coin collecting and Kaleidoscopes. He was active in his community, serving for many years as co-chairman of the Southern Communities Coalition and working on developing area plans and tail and park development. He was especially interested in the Santa Fe Trail and Darter Park in our area.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother, John, his sister-in-law, Jeanne and his grandson, Jeremy. He is survived by his wife, his children, his granddaughters, Shaulene and Cynthia and his great granddaughter, Anna-larie, his brother, Richard and many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at John Knox Presbyterian Kirk, 11430 Wornall Road on Saturday, February 26th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to John Knox Presbyterian Kirk or to the Disabled American Veterans.

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