Illinois Tow Truck Driver Honored with Towing Procession, Service

Oct 30th, 2010 | By | Category: National News

The life of 52-year-old Todd Bowers was celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 26, by family and friends, after the Godfrey, Ill., man died Thursday, Oct. 21, of an apparent heart attack. Bowers, the longtime operator of Bowers Towing, was remembered as a “family man” and “successful businessman” by those who knew him.

Starting at about 10 a.m., the first tow truck, a heavy-duty boom truck, pulled into the yard at Bowers Towing, with many more following, the report states. Within 30 minutes the tow yard was full of tow trucks from across the region. The drivers gathered together waiting for the funeral procession to begin.

Family and friends filed into the sanctuary of St. Ambrose Church to pay their final respects. Rev. Steve Pohlman officiated the service.

Outside the church, drivers waited respectfully for the tow truck procession to pass by. Nearly three dozen tow trucks created an honor guard as the drivers headed to St. Patrick’s Cemetery, where Bowers was then laid to rest, according to the report.

Steve Kainz, owner of Trickey’s Service Inc. in Wood River, was asked to put together the tribute honoring Bowers, the report states. Kainz contacted towing companies within a 100-mile radius in both Illinois and Missouri to take part in the event.

Bowers took over the towing business in 1985 after his father, Nelson Bowers, died, also at a young age — 49. The Bowers Towing operation has offices in Godfrey and Wood River and operates around the clock, according to the news report.

Bowers was a dedicated son, husband, father and grandfather. He earned his wings as an Eagle Scout, enjoyed cooking for others and had an affinity for BMX racing, the report states. He also served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 15 years with the Godfrey Fire Protection District and served as president of its board.