Robert M. Townsend

Robert M. Townsend
Jan. 4, 1925-Feb. 21, 2013 
ROCHESTER — Robert M. Townsend, 88, of Rochester, died at 6:05 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at Woodlawn Hospital.
On Jan. 4, 1925, Robert was born, the treasured son of Walter D. and Mary Elizabeth Wheadon Townsend. Growing up as one of seven children he shared his childhood with four sisters and two brothers. Following high school, patriotism beckoned him and he enlisted as a member of the United States Navy, serving our country during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
On Feb. 24, 1945, Robert and Bonnie L. Stretch were married in Rochester. Their wedding anniversary of 68 years is Sunday. Over the years they raised two fine sons Larry and Paul. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
An American sportsman, Robert enjoyed hunting deer, trapping and fishing. He was a member of a horseshoe pitching team in Florida while living near Lake Placid. To relax he enjoyed watching RFD-TV and cheering for the Chicago Cubs.
In 1988, Robert retired from Dean Foods following 23 1/2 years of dedicated service. He was also a member of the Steelworkers union #5840, over a 60-year member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Robert and Bonnie were loyal and devoted to their First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion.
As a farmer, Robert embraced the planting and harvest seasons. His first John Deere tractor was a 1946 A. The last tractor he farmed with was his cherished 1980 John Deere 4030. Following his retirement, Robert made more than 60 pounds of delicious homemade noodles each week from a secret recipe handed down through the generations from his family.
Robert is lovingly remembered by his wife Bonnie; two sons Larry G. Townsend and wife Sheri of Plymouth, Paul D. Townsend and wife Melba of  Roann, four sisters, Mary Catherine Gast, Norma Jean Vedder and husband Gene, Donna Maxine Overlander and husband Raymond, Carol Ann Bradway and husband Bob, two brothers, Harold LeRoy Townsend and wife Georgia, Jack Lee Townsend and wife Wanda all of Rochester; three granddaughters: Amy Blackburn and husband K.J., Robin Huffman and husband Vincent, Julie Hughes, two grandsons: Kris Fear and wife Lisa, and Kerry Fear; 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson.
A celebration of the life of Robert M. Townsend will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester with Dr. Mark Spencer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard and the United States Navy Honors Team.
Memorials may be made to the 1st Baptist Church, 1000 Main St., Rochester, IN 46975 or to Riley Hospital for Children, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at