George Everett Townsend age 79 of New Madison, Ohio, passed away at 1:45 P.M. on Friday, November 19, 2010 at his residence. George was born July 29, 1931 in Van Buren Township, Darke County, Ohio, to the late Goth Byron and Mildred (Davis) Townsend.
George was a farmer. George also formerly worked at the Crosley Plant in Richmond, Indiana, Slagle Gravel Company in Greenville and the Union City Body Company in Union City, Indiana. George served in the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1951 to 1953, during the Korean Conflict. He attended the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Greenville. He was a member of the Greenville V.F.W. and the New Madison American Legion. He was also a member of the Greenville Moose, Greenville Eagles and Treaty City Motorcycle Club.
In addition to his parents, George is also preceded in death by his brothers, Harold, Parl and William Townsend; and a sister, Betty Townsend Brown.
George is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Ballard) Townsend, whom he married August 8, 1951. George is also survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Tyle and Jennifer (Sorrell) Townsend of New Madison; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Jack Kraemer of Chicago, Illinois and Patti and John Moss of Columbus; grandchildren, Dustin and Amanda (Herzog) Townsend of New Madison, Tennille Townsend of New Madison, Taylor Kraemer of Chicago, Illinois, Mitchell Kraemer of Chicago, Illinois, Jacob Moore of Columbus and Mackenzie Moore of Columbus; sisters and brother-in-law, Cork Drew of Greenville, Shirley East of Hamilton and Joy and Jim Albright of Greenville; brothers-in-law, Neville and Lavetta Ballard of Dayton, Woody and Donna Ballard of New Madison, Bob and Roxie Ballard of Dayton and Jim and Donna Ballard of New Madison; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special buddy, Sparky.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, with Pastor Sylvia McKibben officiating. Burial will follow in Greenmound Cemetery in New Madison. The family will receive friends on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Military graveside services will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or the New Madison American Legion.