William H. Towns


CLINTON — William H. Towns, 85, of Clinton,  passed away 7:20 a.m.  March 20, 2017, at Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton.

Graveside services will be 11 A.M. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Stronghurst Township Cemetery, Stronghurst, Ill., with Rev. Jean Wollenberg officiating, along with military honors. Visitation will be held from 5–7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Ill.

Bill was born on March 21, 1931, in Flora, Ill., the son of Leland Milner and Florence Ethel (Bass) Towns. He married Barbara Brown in 1952 and later married Ruth Allen June 9, 1973. Ruth passed away on February 4, 1992. Later, Bill married Susan Anne Herring October 1, 1996, and she passed away April 2, 2005.

Survivors include his children, Robert Eugene (Traci) Towns, Douglas, Wyo., Bonnie Sue (Richard L.) Christianson, Waynesville, Brenda Marie (Mark Behrend) Woltz, Garnavillo, Iowa, Rebecca Ann (Tim) Tackett, Clinton, Lily (Paul) Vadakin, Peublo, Colo., and Annette (Steve) Brossette, Jacksonville, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; brother, Gene (Barb) Towns, Harvest, Ala.; sister, Janetta Watson, Fairfield, Ill., and step brother, Bob (Beverly) Bass, Mt. Erie, Ill.

He was preceded in death by parents and four step- brothers.

Bill was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Decatur. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He owned and operated the Mobil gas station in Clinton, and also farmed in the Stonington area for many years.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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