Mr. William E Townsend

  • Born: January 23, 1931
  • Died: April 18, 2015
  • Location: Desert Hot Springs, California

Rose Mortuary & Crematory

66424 Pierson Blvd.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Tel. (760) 251-7673

Tribute & Message From The Family

William E. Townsend, age 84, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away on April 18, 2015 as a result of a long struggle with Dementia complicated by Parkinsons. His family was by his side at home in Desert Hot Springs, CA when he gave his last breath while listening to his early morning jazz music. William was born to Inez Hall and Ervin Townsend of Kokomo, Indiana on January 23, 1931. He served active duty in Korea for three years in the army. He then worked for the US Postal Service as postmaster until his retirement at age 62.
William loved jazz music, eating dried peaches, had a vivacious sense of humor and was an avid baseball fan. He volunteered his time to various charitable organizations, to the Catholic Church, and volunteered as a policemen for the Oceanside Police Department during his retirement.
He is survived by his four daughters Monica Bouveret, Michelle Townsend, Robin Hookway and Beth Townsend, and his two grandchildren Keelan Bouveret and Lennon Hookway. William is also survived by his two sisters Dolores Dixon and Carolyn Carter and his younger brother Michael Townsend, as well as several loving cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held in William's honor at the Riverside National Cemetery – Stage Area 2 on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2:15pm. He requested to be cremated which is being handled by Rose Mortuary of Desert Hot Springs, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Bill, you will be missed.


Condolence & Memory Journal

i loved uncle bill as did my husband dan & son jack. he was always kind and we enjoyed him at our family gatherings . he will be missed but not forgaotten

Posted by tracy callahan freeman - encino, CA - family   May 12, 2015

Godspeed Uncle Bill!
I remember our talks of Gardens and always had a smile and a story to share and I cherished the sound of your laughter...blessed to have heard you laugh a lot...Wishing Love and Peace to you and yours...

Posted by Patty Callahan - San Jose, CA - Neice   May 12, 2015

RIP Bill, you were always such a pleasure to be around. Always happy, fun, charming. My husband, Don, loved seeing you and so remembers your conversations about gardening. My best to Bill's family and friends.

Posted by Mary Callahan - Twentynine Palms, CA - friend   May 01, 2015

RIP Uncle William. Will miss your smile and wit. I am sure you will love being reunited with mom (joan), uncle Ronnie, aunt Barbara, uncle bubbles and uncle Jackie.

Posted by Brian Runels and family - Cedar Rapids, IA - Nephew   April 30, 2015

Bill was like a father to me. I am glad to know that he is no longer suffering and was surrounded by loved ones as he passed. He was a gentle, loving man and I am blessed to have known him.

Posted by Ann Brennan - Fallbrook, CA - friend   April 27, 2015

Beautiful write up! Great picture, he was a wonderful kind gentle soul!!! We shared the same birthday January 23rd.
They don't make man like him no more!!! Bill you know you were special to me! Meet you up in heaven some day my friend!

Posted by Anastasia Lynn - Henderson, NV - friend   April 22, 2015