New Boston man celebrates 100th birthday with 250 well-wishers

Howard Towne and his wife, Frances, are shown at the Memorial Day service on May 30 in New Boston. Mr. Towne, a World War II veteran who is retired from the U.S. Air Force, celebrated his 100th birthday June 2.

NEW BOSTON — Retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Howard M. Towne celebrated his 100th birthday June 2 at the New Boston Central School gymnasium.

More than 250 family members and friends enjoyed music from the New Boston Community Church Choir along with cake and ice cream.

Howard was born on June 2, 1919, in New Boston. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in January 1942, serving in England, Africa and the European Theater. While in the service, Howard trained as an aircraft mechanic and was a member of the 29th Troop Carrier Squadron, working his way up to aircraft maintenance supervisor. He returned to active duty during the Korean conflict and retired from the Air Force at the age of 60.

He continues to be active in the Joe English Grange and with the Memorial Day services in New Boston.

Howard and Frances, his wife of 72 years, enjoyed traveling in their camper to 49 of the 50 states. They have four sons, Brian, Dan, Rodney and Bradley, as well as two grandsons and five great-grandchildren.

Howard was presented with the Boston Post Cane on March 18, 2011, which honors him as the oldest living person in New Boston.