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Mr. Billy E. Townsend, 89, of Richmond, passed away on Friday, December 21 at Arbor Trace.
He was born on May 21, 1929 in Randolph County, Indiana to Harold and Marguerite Lammott Townsend. He was a 1947 graduate of Lynn High School. He earned his BS in Education from Purdue University in 1951 and his MS in Education from Indiana University. He earned his Administrator’s Certificate from Ball State University. On May 25, 1958, he married the former Ruth Kinder. They were blessed with four children and 60 years of marriage before her death on July 1, 2018.
Mr. Townsend enjoyed a 50-year career in education. He taught Math and Science for 30 years at Alquina, Economy, Fountain City and Lynn schools. He was an administrator for 10 years, serving as Principal at Union Elementary School and Northeastern High School. He also coached a variety of sports for 20 years. He spent 16 summers at Camp Charlevoix in Michigan, where he served as Director of Activities. He taught Math for five years at IU East and Math and Auto Cad for 11 years at IVY Tech.
He served the Lord through First Church of Christ in Lynn and First Friends Meeting in Richmond. He was a big Philadelphia 76ers fan.
Mr. Townsend will be missed by his children, David Townsend and wife, Debbie; Linda Adams and husband, Gus; Cathy Witte and husband, Mike; John Townsend and wife, Brooke; 11 grandchildren, Kyle, DJ, Samantha, Lindsay, Joe, Amy, Truman, Blair, Bridget, Billie and Bailee; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Frances Kinder; nephews Bob Kinder, Scott Kinder and Dean Townsend.
Mr. Townsend was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother, Donald Townsend; niece, Beth Neuhart and nephew, Mike Townsend.
Mr. Townsend’s family extends a special “thank you” to those Arbor Trace staff members (you know who you are) who provided him with such loving care.
Steve Smith will conduct a funeral ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, at the Smith-McQuiston & Webster Funeral Home, 321 US 27, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
Family and friends may gather for visitation from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are encouraged for the Hand In Hand Adult Day Care C.A.R.E Program, 2727 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374.
A Small Basket Garden was sent by Ronnie & Donna Hewitt on December 28, 2018
Expression of Sympathy Dec 28 2018 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad..
Rachelle & James Magee
Rachelle Dec 27 2018 12:00 AM
A Petals Aglow was ordered on December 27, 2018
Expression of Sympathy Dec 27 2018 12:00 AM
Blessed to have Bill as a Math teacher at Lynn and later as a Principal during my student teaching at Northeastern. Also worked with Bill and Ruth as a counselor at Charlevoix for the summer in 1967. It was my privilege to spend some time with them the last couple of years. They were always so kind and willing to share their friendship and stories about life and the family. May God's peace be with you as you mourn and celebrate Bill's homecoming.
Dale Bales Dec 26 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry for your family loss please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I really enjoyed getting the chance to reconnect with Mr.Townsend over the pass few years and reminisceit had been awhile since8th grade Math class. He will be missed for sure.
Gretchen(Moore) Smith Dec 26 2018 12:00 AM
An A Tranquil Light was sent on December 26, 2018
JT - Our sincerest condolences. We are thinking of you and your family. Dave, Patrick & Rob and the entire 76ers PR Department
Expression of Sympathy Dec 26 2018 12:00 AM
Our sincere sympathies to your family at this sorrowful time.
Dean & Kris Townsend Dec 24 2018 12:00 AM
I was a graduate of Randolph Southern in 1989 and had Mr. Townsend for computers, math, and drivers training. He was such a kind, soft-spoken man and an excellent teacher. I know he will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to all of you as i cannot imagine losing both parents months apart. May God bring you comfort, peace, and strength & may he surround you with his love. God bless you all. Tracie (Johnson) Ridgeway
Tracie Ridgeway Dec 23 2018 12:00 AM
Was fortunate to know Bill at First Church of Christ in Lynn. Had a lot of visits in our 11 years. God bless you kids-he loved to talk about all of you.
Joe Hatchett Dec 23 2018 12:00 AM
My heart goes out to you, Francie, in your loss. May God bless and keep you and your family through your time of sorrow.
Judy Ladd Dec 23 2018 12:00 AM