George Cameron Townsend, 90, of Galena, IL formerly a resident of Park Forest, IL for 58 years. Died peacefully on August 12, 2018 at his home surrounded by family.
He was born on December 31, 1927, to Florence and Andrew Jacke Townsend in Chicago, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio.
He graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
He married Theresa “ Terry “ Darmofal on October 15, 1955 and they have four children. George was a loving husband and father.
He worked for Clark Equipment for 26 years and retired as a World-Wide Controller for the central parts division. He spent 6 years as Supervisor of Vehicle Services at the Secretary of State office and 12 years as Rich Township Assessor.
He was a lifelong golfer. He was involved in Republican politics for a large portion of his life and served as Committeeman for 18 years. He attended two inaugurations one of each for presidents (Nixon and Reagan). George and Terry were highly involved in the Kiwanis Club of Park Forest. He enjoyed football and was an Ohio State Buckeyes fan.
George had a passion for travel and exploring all fifty of the Untied States of America. The family enjoyed many extended vacations together and he instilled the spirit of adventure in his children. He was a person that thrived at family reunions; always welcoming his children home along with their array of pets.
He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Oak Forest. His faith was simple but strong.
George is survived by his wife, Terry, his children, Kathleen Townsend, Pamela Tindell (Daniel), Steven Townsend (Karen), Jeffrey Townsend (Natalie), grandchildren, Kaila Long (Joey), Emily Mock (Benjamin), Benjamin Townsend (Carlie), Jacob Townsend (Chithra), Grace Tindell, Imree Townsend, Judah Townsend, Annalise Townsend, Norah Townsend, and Jubilee Townsend and great-grandchildren, Elliot and Alice Mock, Olivia and Owen Townsend and Clementine Long. He is also survived by his sister-in-laws, Eleanore Darmofal, Stella (Rich Spusta) Gerl, Sue Townsend, brother-in-laws, Edward Darmofal(Rosalie),Robert Darmofal (Sue), Joseph (Fran) Darmofal and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother (James Townsend), sister (Virginia Dall), and grandson (Jared Townsend).
A visitation will be held at the Galena Bible Church, 11108 Hwy 20, Galena, IL, on Wednesday, August 15 from 1-2pm, with a service beginning at 2pm. Miller and Steinke Galena Chapels are assisting the family. On August 16 a visitation will be held at the Lain-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Westwood Dr. Park Forest, IL from 4-8pm with a funeral mass at Grace Fellowship Church, 15150 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Forest, IL beginning at 1030am.