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Lawrence Towne

August 28, 1915 — December 25, 2014

Lawrence Brewster Towne

August 28, 1915 - December 25, 2014

Lawrence Brewster Towne passed away Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2014 at Hillcrest Nursing Home McCook, NE at the wonderful age of 99.

Lawrence was born August 28, 1915 to William E. and Jessie J. (Barry) Towne in Lincoln County at the Barry Ranch in Nebraska. He was the 5th child of 12 children.
He helped his parents on the farm for a few years while his brothers were serving in the military. He was unable to to join the armed forces due to a childhood eye injury.

Lawrence and his brother Virgil bought the farmstead north of Curtis where he continued to farm with Virgil and later Leland.

He married Jean Skiles of North Platte on August 5, 1959. Jeans' nickname for him was "Dolly". They built a home north of Curtis in 1961 which his brothers and and he built. He lived there for many years. His motto was, " I don't want to be rich, I just want to make a good living." Many times you would see him driving down the middle of the road with his Poodle "Baby" with him. Everyone loved his loving caring attitude. He was a very jolly man and quite the comedian at times. When asked what his nickname was growing up , he said he didn't have one. Well, all of his brothers and sisters did. Can you guess why he didn't have one? Yep, that's right, because he is the one that thought all of them up. He wasn't going to give himself one. He could crack a bull whip like nobody's business. He said it was all in the wrist, all in the wrist! He was also a sure shot with a rifle too.

Later in life he moved to Senior Living Choices in Curtis Before moving on to Hillcrest Nursing Home when his health got worse where he spent his last few years. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean, his parents, Brothers, Floyd, Melvin, Baby Leonard, William and sisters, Rowena and Verle.

Survivors include, Leland Towne of Wood River, NE, Virgil Towne of Curtis, NE, Harold Towne of Louisiana, MO, Max Towne of Elkhorn, IA and Georgianna Ervin of Golden , CO.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Curtis, Nebraska; Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Graveside Services will be held at Maywood Cemetery, Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm with Pastor Dale Heimer officiating.

Burial will be in the Maywood Cemetery, Maywood, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given to the Frontier County Ambulance, PO Box 443, Curtis, NE 69025.


Born: August 28, 1915
Death: December 25, 2014


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Frontier County Ambulance, PO Box 443, Curtis, NE 69025



Wednesday December 31, 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Blase-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel
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Graveside Services

Wednesday December 31, 2014, 3:30 pm at Maywood Cemetery
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