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Obituary: Willard F. Townsend

Willard F. Townsend

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Lt. Col. Willard F. Townsend (USAF-Ret.), age 79, of Pike Road, Ala. died on July 31, 2012. Willard resided in the Mt. Vernon-area of Alexandria from 1972 to 1985 and during that time forged many close friendships that he maintained long after he moved to Montgomery, Ala. in 1985.

Willard's long service in the Air Force brought him to the area with assignments at the Pentagon and Ft. Meade, Md. Willard is predeceased by his first wife, Barbara Ann, and is survived by his wife, Diane Underwood Townsend; four children, Richard Townsend of Harrisburg, Penn., James Townsend of Alpharetta, Ga., Jamie Underwood of Lake Park, Ga., Tara Martin Marquis of Montgomery, Ala., as well as seven grandchildren. A Full Honors Military Funeral ceremony will be held at Arlington Memorial Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. A reception will follow at Ireland's Four Courts restaurant in Arlington, Va.