Daniel Ray "Mr. T" Townsend was born March 21, 1948 and left this earth on July 30, 2019 to join the love of his life, Beverly Jean (Lund) Townsend. Daniel was born in Harriman, Tennessee to William Verlin and Frances Linda (Branson) Townsend.
He loved his country and served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1972. During his time in the military, he served in Vietnam as a Medic in the 44th Medical Brigade. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with five Bronze Service Stars, and Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device. He was a proud life member of the American Legion Post #2910 of Bloomington, Illinois, lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Association and the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his five children: Daniel Ray Townsend, Jr.; Tammy L. Anderson (Kent); Donna A. Tonovitz (Carey); Lana M. Stanley (Joseph); Dawn E. Townsend (Kyle); his sister, Sandra McDaniel (Teddy “aka Uncle Toad”); three grandchildren: Jessica R. Townsend, Caleb M. Tonovitz, and Kase D. Stanley, and many family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his spouse, Beverly; his parents, grandparents, and siblings: Billy, Rhonda and Cheryl.
He loved spending time with his family, telling stories, and playing practical jokes. His greatest joy was his grandchildren. He was an honorable man with the kindest of hearts and a wicked sense of humor.
Please join Daniel's family for a Celebration of Life Service to be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM, along with a Military Funeral Honors tribute to be conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Army at Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care 1415 W. Algonquin Rd. (one mile east of Randall Rd.) Algonquin/Lake in the Hills.
Family & friends will gather for a memorial visitation that same evening prior to the service from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Interment was held privately with the family.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to two charities that were very close to his and Beverly’s hearts: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota.
online condolences may be directed to the family at www.willowfh.com or for more service information please call (847) 458-1700