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3/23/2017 2:56:00 PM
William H. Towns
March 21, 1931 - March 20, 2017
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William H. Towns, 85 of Clinton, Ill. passed away 7:20 a.m. March 20, 2017 at John Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, Ill.

Graveside services will be 11a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Stronghurst Township Cemetery, Stronghurst, Ill. with Rev. Jean Wollenberg officiating, along with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Ill.

Bill was born 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 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, Ill., Brenda Marie (Mark Behrend) Woltz, Garnavillo, Iowa, Rebecca Ann (Tim) Tackett, Clinton, Ill., Lily (Paul) Vadakin, Peublo, Colo., and Annette (Steve) Brossette, Jacksonville, Fla.; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 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, Ill. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He owned and operated the Mobil gas station in Clinton, Ill. and also farmed in the Stonington area for many years.

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