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Neil W. Townsend
15 September 1899–21 December 1975

Neil W. Townsend, 76, died early Sunday, Dec. 21, 1975 at Anamosa Community Hospital after a lingering illness.
Funeral services will be today, Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Goettsch Funeral home with the Rev. Ronald Benfer officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers will be sons and grandsons.
Neil Townsend was born Sept. 15, 1899 in Davenport, the son of Charles W. and Eva Nigh Townsend and attended Stone City Schools.
He was married to Sarah Matilda McMurrin Benischek May 2, 1925 at the Cass Center parsonage. The couple always lived in Anamosa.
Before retiring 10 years ago, he was employed by the Anamosa Poultry and Egg Co., and by Link Belt Speeder.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah, and six children, Randy Townsend, Anamosa; LaVerne, Waltord; Leo Benischek, Marion; Mrs. Virgil (Bernice) Soukup, Whittier; Neva Millard of Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Thomas (Mola) Siver, Martelle; 22 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lola Easterly, Anamosa and Mrs. Dale (Arlene) French, Martelle.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, a son, Neal, who died in September, a brother and a sister.

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