Floyd Towner

Floyd Towner passed away on May 19, 2017.

A resident of Ridgecrest since 1970, Floyd spent most of his professional career as a reliability engineer at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake working on missile programs for the Department of Defense.

Floyd was born Sept. 27, 1935 in the home of his parents, Floyd and Louisa Towner, just outside Savona, N.Y. He shared stories of growing up with an extended family of cousins, aunts, and uncles who lived nearby, learning to hunt with his dad, and developing a lifelong love of music, first playing violin and later taking up the saxophone, which he continued to play for many years.

Floyd volunteered for the draft and entered the Army in January 1955. After being honorably discharged, he worked his way through college, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1963.

On July 3, 1964, Floyd married Jewel Wright and after making their early home in Southern California they moved to Ridgecrest, staying to raise two daughters, enjoy two grandchildren, and create a loving and happy home.

Known for his sharp mind, dry sense of humor, and unwavering faith, Floyd enjoyed traveling as well as spending time with friends and family. If he ever met a stranger, they didn’t remain one long, and before you knew it, they’d be sharing stories or singing karaoke. He is dearly loved and deeply missed by those who were blessed to know him.

Floyd is survived by daughters, Sharon Towner and Janice McGarry; grandchildren, Connor and Alexis McGarry; sisters, Jean (Glenn) Orfanides, Linda (John) Maddren, Nancy (Tom) Hargraves; brother Richard Towner; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Services were held June 8 at Holland & Lyons Chapel.

Floyd will be laid to rest beside Jewel, his wife of 48 years, on June 10, 2017, at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Yuma, Ariz.

— Submitted by the family of Floyd Towner

Story First Published: 2017-06-09