November 28, 2002

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Wallace Eugene Townsend
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 one’s favorite charity.

John McConville
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 McConville.

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 bachelor’s 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 master’s from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in physical anthropology from the University of Minnesota.

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 Men’s Group and often volunteered with the Glen Helen Association and at the Dayton Art Institute.

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
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) Smith.

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 Men’s 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 Jim’s 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.

Bill Baker memorial
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 afterward.