Mr. Towne, who died February 18 , in Portland, Oregon, was 89 years of age. Born in Wisconsin, he moved to California when he enlisted in the Marine Corps during 1941. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy Cross for bravery on Iwo Jima during WWII.
Mr. Towne was employed by the State of California for 34 years and retired in Sacramento during 1984.
He was a volunteer for Big Brothers, Suicide Prevention and a Small Claims Court Judge in Sacramento.
He and his surviving wife of 42 years, May, moved to Vancouver, Washington, during 1990.