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Francis M. Towslee

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FT. GRATIOT, Mich. -- Francis (Frank) M. Towslee, 71, died June 27, 2004 in his home unexpectedly in Ft. Gratiot. He was born Nov. 28,1932 in Pownal, Vt. He was the son of Ned A. and Dorothy Fancy Towslee. He lived in Pownal, Vt. and attended local schools and graduated from the Old Bennington (Vt.) High School in 1949. He then worked as an apprentice in the General Electric Co. in Pittsfield, Mass. until he joined the Air Force in 1952. He served four years in the Air Force after which he attended the University of Vermont for two years studying electrical engineering. He then moved to Orlando, Fla. and entered the U.S. Army.

His wife Dorothy Ursula Towslee died November 1983.

Francis retired from the U.S. Army as a master sargent after 26 years of service to his country. He had tours of duty in Korea, France, two tours in Germany and two tours in Vietnam.

He was then employed in 1976 at TRW in Augusta, Ga. as a machinist, retiring in 1991.

He was a very kind, generous and loving man willing to do anything for anyone. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and sports. He was a whiz at math and enjoyed helping children.

He is survived by his daughter Dorothy Towslee and a dear friend, Jesse Bryce, whom he called his daughter, and her two daughters whom he called his grandchildren. They were his caregivers and took care of him for several years.

He is also survived by three sisters, Marge (Ernie) Roberts of Pownal, Vt. and Kathryn Hall and Carolyn Graham both of Bennington, Vt.; by two brothers, James (Cindy) Towslee of Pownal, Vt. and Walter (Jane) Towslee of Stowe, Vt.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home, Thursday, July 1 at 1 p.m. Max Amstutz, Port Huron Hospital Chaplain, officiated. Military honors were under the direction of the St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council with a full military funeral. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Augusta, Ga. at a later date.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 7, 2004
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