Robert Towers

Obituary of Robert J. Towers

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South Plainfield – Robert J. Towers, 84, passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ.

Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Robert honorably served with the United States Army from 1961-1964, and the Army National Guard and Army Reserves from 1964-1968. He settled in South Plainfield in the early 1970s and raised his four children with his beloved wife Arlene.

He began his career as an Electrical Technician for Western Electric and subsequently worked for AT&T for over 30 years.

In his younger years, Robert enjoyed watching his children’s sports of all kinds and was a longtime fan of the South Plainfield high school wrestling team. He was an avid reader of books and science journals and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Predeceased by his brothers, Thomas and Dennis Towers; surviving are his wife of 51 years, Arlene (Manegold) Towers; four children, Robert Towers, Cindy Psaltis and husband Tom, Brian Towers and wife Erin, and Michael Towers and wife Stephanie, and his sister, Marianne Perkins.

Robert will also be missed by his seven grandchildren, Nickolas, Grayson, Laurali, James(JT), Brian Jr, Abigail and Charlotte.

Funerals services will be held on Friday, June 16, 2023 at 9AM in the McCriskin – Gustafson Home For Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080 followed by a funeral mass in Sacred Heart RC Church, South Plainfield at 10AM.

Burial will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South Plainfield.

Family and friends may gather in the funeral home on Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 4-7PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Planetary Society,




4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, June 15, 2023
McCriskin – Gustafson Home For Funerals
2425 Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, New Jersey, United States

Funeral Mass

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, June 16, 2023
Church of the Sacred Heart
149 South Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
Family and friends may gather in the funeral home at 9AM


11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, June 16, 2023
Holy Redeemer Cemetery
1734 Clinton Ave
South Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
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