Duwayne Townsend, 84

Published 10:28pm Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Duwayne Townsend, 84
Born: Nov. 19, 1927
Died: April 30, 2012


Duwayne “Bud” E. Townsend, 84, of Terre Coupe Road, Buchanan, died Monday, April 30, 2012, at Brentwood of Niles following an illness.

He was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Berrien Springs to Carthur and Louise (Sherwood) Townsend.

On June 12, 1948, he married the former Jo Anne “Sue” Kenton; she preceded him in death on June 17, 1989.

Bud was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He earned a victory metal and sharpshooter award. He was a member of the BPO of Niles Elks Lodge 1322, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 449 in Buchanan and the American Legion Post 51 in Buchanan. He enjoyed golf, bowling, watching drag racing and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

Bud is survived by his daughter, Carla (William) Hydorn of South Bend; sons, Larry (Shirley) Townsend and Dale (Janie) Townsend, both of Niles; grandchildren, Melissa (Chris) Kronewitter of Walkerton, Ind., Trisha (Jake) Wood of Palmdale, Calif., Heather (Joe) Racht, Joey Townsend, Brett Townsend and Kyle Townsend, all of Niles; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Hailey and Colton all of California, Josey of Walkerton, Peyton, Jaxen and Reese all of Niles; and a sister, Margie Steinbauer of Niles; and little white dog, Dawg.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Carol Townsend.

Services for Duwayne “Bud” E. Townsend will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles, with the Rev. Randy Pearman of Bethel Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery, concluding with full military honors by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and American Legion Post 51.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 11 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Bud may be made to the local humane society of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank the staff of Brentwood Assisting Living Community for becoming a second family to Bud, facilitating his long walks with Dawg, hitting golf balls out back, delicious meals and warm smiles. The family is forever grateful.
Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles, is assisting with arrangements.

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