James M. Townsend, age 78 of Muskegon, Michigan and formerly of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:45 A.M. Wednesday May 2, 2012 at Mercy General Hospital Muskegon, Michigan. Jim was born February 16, 1934 in Darke County, Ohio and the son of the late Vernie M. and Fern I. (Dalrymple) Townsend.
Jim was retired from Second National Bank of Greenville where he had been employed for 40 years. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1954 until 1956; he was a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Valley of Dayton, Antioch Shrine of Dayton, Darke County Shrine Club, Darke County Fish and Game Club, Greenville Elks Lodge and the First United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter Lori Townsend in 2007 and his brother William Townsend.
Jim is survived by his wife Barbara L. (Hittle) Townsend of Muskegon, MI. They were married December 7, 1952. Also by a daughter Linda (Townsend) Nichols of Muskegon, MI. Sons Steven M. Townsend of Chicago, IL. and Michael R. Townsend of Muskegon, MI. There are nine grandchildren, (7 residing in Muskegon, MI, 1 in Little Rock, AR., and 1 in Houston, TX). Also 7 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday May 5, 2012 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with the Rev. Joe Payne officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. in the funeral home. The Greenville Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic Memorial Service followed by the Scottish Rite Ring Service on Friday starting at 7:45 P.M in the funeral home.
It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the American Heart Association.
Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com