Dr. Wallace Eugene Townsend died on Friday, Nov. 22, at his home in Abrams,
Wis. He was 74 years of age.
Born on July 6, 1928, he was the son of the late Walter and Marie Townsend.
He was a 1946 graduate of Bryan High School in Yellow Springs. He graduated
in 1956 from Ohio State University with a degree in veterinary medicine
and practiced for 30 years in Gillett, Wis.
He is survived by his wife, Edith; four daughters, Nancy, Terrie Sue,
Amy and Karen; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 25, at the United Methodist Church
in Gillett, Wis.
Memorial contributions may be made to ones favorite charity.
John Theodore McConville died unexpectedly Monday morning, Nov. 25, at
his home in Yellow Springs after finishing his daily morning walk. He
was 75 years of age.
Born Nov. 15, 1927, in Centerville, Iowa, he was the son of John and Louise
He joined the U.S. marines at age 17 and served in the Pacific and China
during the last few months of World War II.
After the war, he earned a bachelors degree in cultural anthropology
from the University of New Mexico, where he was also employed as a park
ranger on Navajo land. He then received a masters from the University
of Arizona and his Ph.D. in physical anthropology from the University
John married Mildred Bachman, started a family and moved to Yellow Springs
in 1959 to do research at Antioch College. At his retirement in 1992,
he was president of Anthropology Research Project, an offshoot of his
earlier work at Antioch.
As an active member of the Yellow Springs community he was involved with
the Yellow Springs Tree Committee, the Yellow Springs Mens Group
and often volunteered with the Glen Helen Association and at the Dayton
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mildred; three daughters, Kay
Reimers, Jean Payne and Lynn McConville; three sons-in-law, Gary Reimers,
Steve Payne and Leland Mayne; grandchildren, Johnny and Eric David Reimers,
Shayna and Eric McConville, and Peter and Eleanor Mayne; his sister, Mary
Warner of Des Moines, Iowa; and a host of good friends and associates.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the John McConville
Memorial Fund at the Yellow Springs Community Foundation. A memorial service
will be held at a later date.
James Sandford Smith of Yellow Springs died Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Good
Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. He was 77 years of age.
Born Jan. 1, 1925, in Xenia, he was the son of James W. and Marjorie (Williams)
He attended Ohio State University and was a graduate of Sinclair Community
College. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base and was also a retired
local realtor. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Yellow Springs
and the Yellow Springs Mens Group.
He was a good father and devoted husband, who truly lived and believed
in his vows of for better or worse throughout his diligent
care of his wife, Charlene, during her long illness. He indulged his daughter,
Lisa, in her love of animals and many times remarked that the money he
spent to buy her first horse was the best money he ever spent.
Jim had a great love of aviation and late in life finally was able to
take flying lessons and became a certified pilot. He bought an airplane
and enjoyed buzzing around the homes of friends and around the barn at
the Riding Centre.
He was also a fan of Ohio State football and shared his love with Lisa
by attending games with her while she was a student at OSU. In 1985, they
cheered the Buckeyes on at the Rose Bowl.
He was an excellent cook, a skill he acquired from his father, who was
a baker by trade. Unfortunately, many of Jims best meals cannot
be replicated since he cooked by sight, not by measurement.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Charlene Helen
Smith; and sisters, Evelyn and Imogene.
He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Smith of Fredericktown; one sister,
Alice Smith of Dayton; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Curtis B. and
Barbara Smith of California and Laurence B. and Karen Smith of Michigan;
a nephew, Michael Smith of North Carolina; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Nov. 24, at the First Baptist Church
in Yellow Springs. At the request of Lisa, his body will be cremated.
Porter-Qualls Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American
Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity or the Heifer Project International.
A memorial celebrating the life of Bill Baker will be held Saturday, Nov.
30, 11 a.m., at the Glen Helen Building.
Baker died on Oct. 18. His family invites his many friends to come and
share their memories, especially amusing ones, and to enjoy a light lunch