On Thursday, February 14, 2019, Thomas W. Townsend, loving husband, brother, father of three children, and grandfather of nine, passed away at the age of 78.
Thomas was born September 3, 1940 in Chicago, IL to William West Townsend (Jr) and Justine (Laituri). He was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and a Vietnam Veteran of the 101st Airborne Division. On June 9, 1969 he married Bonita (Watt) Townsend. They raised 2 sons, Aron & Jason, and one daughter, Keri. Tom had an infectious smile and a witty sense of humor, accompanied with a kind and compassionate spirit. In his free time he could usually be found golfing, swimming or dancing.
Tom was preceded in death by his father William, mother Justine, and his wife Bonita. He is survived by his sister Justine, niece Leigh Ann, children Aron, Jason & Keri, and grandchildren Courtney, Chelsey, Chandler, Cameron, Jordan, Alyssa, Evelyn, Johanna and Leonard West.
Viewing service will be held on Sunday, February 17th at Cuneo-Columbia Funeral Home in Franklin Park from 11 am to 4 pm. A brief service and military funeral honors will take place at 3 pm, followed by food & cocktails at Perry’s Pizza Joynt in Northlake.