Ronald 'Bud''s Story
- It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away. Everyone told me it would happen one day but that's simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience. But you don't always get what you want in life.
Wow what a ride! On Sunday, Jan 12, 1947 a handsome baby boy was born in Middlesex Memorial Hospital, Middletown, Connecticut and so was I.
At the age of five I had the misfortune of being enrolled at Miss Lewis' private one room school in Haddam, my home town, where I spent two traumatic years. I was never quite right since.
Over the years I have had the good fortune to dabble in the arts of babysitting, delivering newspapers, shoveling snow, store clerk, building wire display racks, working carnival rides, pumping gas, repairing street light photocells, driving an ambulance, driving school bus, serving as selectman, assessor, and constable for our town, driving a dump truck, driving a bucket truck, fighting forest fires, belonging to several fire departments, working blueberry fields, doing electrical work and repairing radar.
I have been a member of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Masons, Lions club, American Legion, VVA, Patriot Guard, Maine Troop Greeters, coached softball teams and was a Great Books leader.
All this in spite of the fact I did not graduate with my class and went to summer school to get a diploma. Maybe it was something I said.
And the family I have loved, a fabulous wife, three delightful daughters, two sons-in-law, two magical grandchildren, a sister and two sisters-in-law.
Ronald "Bud" Tower passed away peacefully at home on April 8, 2017 surrounded by his family. Bud is survived by his loving wife of almost 47 years Lynne Schoppee Tower, three daughters Cathy Oehmke and her husband David of Northfield, MN, Becky Tower of Bangor, ME, and Mary Pettegrow and her husband Richard of Levant, ME; grandson Alex Oehmke, granddaughter Kaitlyn Kelleter granddaughter Jessica Pettegrow and grandson Riley Pettegrow; sister Judy Williamson of Reading, PA; sisters-in-law Lea Waters of Sacramento, CA and Lois Barkley of Casselberry, FL; one niece, several nephews; and very special friend Steve Nute.
In keeping with Bud's wishes, there will be no service. For those who wish to make memorial contributions in Bud's memory, the family suggests gifts to House in the Woods, 217 Skunk Hill Road, Lee, Maine 04455 www.houseinthewoods.org.
A service of Brookings-Smith.
Published on  April 11, 2017