Thomas A. “Tom” Townsend, 76, formerly of the Wingate community, passed away 10:22 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Monticello Health Care, following a lengthy illness.
He was born May 8, 1944, in Crawfordsville, the son of the late Marvin and Lorene Clodfelter Townsend.
Tom attended school through his junior year at Richland Township High School and graduated in 1962 from Veedersburg High School. He served with the Army National Guard from 1964-1976, attaining the rank of captain.
He attended private flight training and earned his helicopter pilot license in 1973. Tom operated a “crop dusting” business out of the Wingate area. In 1976, he suffered severe injuries in a crash while spraying, which ended his flying career.
For a few years following his crash, he continued to operate a “crop dusting” operation called Whirlybirds Inc. In the 1980s, he moved to Lafayette and managed the Halsmer Airport.
Tom moved from Lafayette to Monticello to live on the lake, where his family spent time as he was growing up. Tom enjoyed living on the lake. He was a patriot who loved his country and was a member of the American Legion and Church of Christ in Monticello.
Surviving are a daughter, Kristy Townsend, Lafayette; two sons, Frank (Ann) Townsend, Danville, and Todd (Kathy) Townsend, Crawfordsville; and a brother, John (Clara Ann) Townsend, Monticello.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Tom’s family will hold a public graveside interment in the spring.
Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate is assisting the family.
Visit us at www.familyandfriendsfh.com to sign the guestbook or leave a condolence.
Published in The Monticello Herald Journal from Dec. 11 to Dec. 18, 2020.