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Charles D. "Bud" TOWNSEND

Passed away in Petaluma on July 28, 2013 at the age of 90 years. Devoted husband of the late Bernice Townsend. Loving father of Tim Townsend (Kelly) of Cotati, Michael Townsend of Santa Rosa, Bruce Townsend (Lynne), and Benjamin Townsend (Debora) all of FL. Cherished grandfather of Shannon and Nicky Townsend of Eureka, Stefany and Chloe Townsend of Shalimar, FL, and Stuart Townsend of Rohnert Park. Dear uncle of Don Townsend (Alene) and Bob Townsend (Ruby) all of Napa. Bud was born, reared, and educated in Napa. He was a Napa High graduate class of 1941 where he was recognized for his athletic and academic achievements. Bud was awarded a four year scholarship to St. Mary's College where he competed in Football as the Freshman team Captain and outstanding running back until he joined the Air Force in 1943. Bud served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force during World War II. He flew 34 missions over Europe as a Bombardier/Navigator. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three clusters, and the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1945 after he was injured on a mission. Bud married Bernice Dehn in 1945 and together they raised four sons, moving from Napa to Salinas and Novato before finally settling in Rohnert Park. Bud worked for 32 years for Atlantic Richfield as a District Manager, and retired for the first time in 1980. He then worked for Rinehart Oil for another four years before "officially" retiring in 1984. Although retired he continued to work as a volunteer marshal at the FoxTail Golf Course in Rohnert Park for 26 years. Bud was active almost until the end; spending mornings with his friends at the Foxtail Golf Course and still occasionally golfing with his golf group "Loose Marbles." He leaves behind many friends and the family would like to thank Jack Purpose for his great friendship and help over the last years. As per his wishes a "Celebration of Life" was held at his 90th birthday party in February where Bud entertained many friends and family with stories of growing up in Napa, World War II, and the many adventures of raising four sons. He will be missed. Donations may be made in his memory to the Napa High Athletic Hall of Fame or any Military Veterans organization. Family assisted by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 763-4131

Funeral Home

Parent-Sorensen Mortuary and Crematory - Petaluma
850 Keokuk Street  Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 763-4131

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2013
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