Havard F. "Buck" Townsend

Oct 6 1926
Jul 26 2020
93 Years
Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Havard F. "Buck" Townsend, 93, of Coatesville, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the Brandywine Hospital. He was the loving husband of the late Jane Hanna Townsend who passed away in 2012. Born in West Grove and raised in Cochranville, he was the son of the late Willis and Bertha (Hershour) Townsend.

Buck proudly served in the US Army during WWII as a Staff Sergeant with the Occupational Forces in the Pacific Theater. He was employed by the International Mill Service (IMS) of Coatesville as a Foreman. He was a member of the Skerrett Masonic Lodge #343 F & AM of Cochranville.  Buck was also a member of the Christiana American Legion Post 865 of Christiana, PA.

Buck was a family man. In addition to being a loving husband, Buck was a devoted father and fun loving grandfather and great-grandfather. Some of his fondest family memories would include holidays, most notably Christmas Eve, many trips to the beach and even just a visit from his loved ones. He was a wonderful, caring man who would help anyone in need. He could often be found tinkering in the garage on his cars and working on projects. Many would visit him there over the years to chat or seek advice. His garage door was always open. He had a passion for racing which included spectating and driving in younger days. He was proud to be a Ford Man. He enjoyed watching baseball and supporting the Phillies along with his grandchildren on the field. He was a regular at the Little Chef to which he would take a daily walk and make friends along the way. Once inside he enjoyed the camaraderie of friends both old and new.

He is survived by two daughters; Peg Proudfoot of Parkesburg and Sheryl Townsend of Coatesville, seven grandchildren; Kelly Franciscus (Jeff), Kristee Pluck (Ivan), Bridgette Williams (Brian), Brian Dougherty (Jenn), Kim Strawderman, Beth Townsend and Lindsay Townsend, eleven great-grandchildren; C.J and Savannah, John and Sean, Kendall and Josie, Vincenzo and Viviana, Jayden, Zoey and Cheyanne. Buck is survived by his brother Bill Townsend (Hazel). He was preceded in death by his son Gerald E. Townsend (Pat), his sister Genevie L. Chesnet (Bub) and his brother Roger N. Townsend.

The family would like to give special thanks to Tim Proudfoot who always showed his dedication, love and support to Buck throughout the years.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12:15 PM at the Friendship Methodist Cemetery, 123 E Friendship Church Rd, Coatesville, PA. To protect those at-risk, please wear a face mask and practice social distancing at the service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Buck’s family would appreciate reading your memories and stories online. This will allow us all to celebrate his great life safely as we are unable to do so in person at this time. Online condolences and memories can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com

Service Date: 
Aug 3 2020 - 12:15pm
Service Location: 
Friendship Methodist Cemetery


The World lost one of its best. Buck was a Kind, Fair, Helpful, Caring,

Fun Loving  (Plus)  person. I had a lot of Good times & Laughs with Buck & Jane

At the Bay, around Home, Races, & on the Holidays .   Both of them where

The Best.  Buck will be sadly missed & my memories will last my life time.

May the Lord be with the Townsend Family & guide them though this

difficult Time.

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My condolences to the family. I worked at Lukens as  a Pit Foreman when I had the pleasure of working with Buck. I knew if there was a problem I could rely on Buck to help out in any situation. We had nice talks together about NASCAR and other races. Buck you were a great coworker and good friend. You will be missed.

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I grew up on Charles Street with the Townsend family as my next door neighbors.  Until I married and moved away, Buck was always present in my life. So many wonderful memories.  I was always invited to ride along to the races, to McDonalds, to the DairyQueen.  It was as if I was the 4th child in the family.  I always felt loved and cared for in the Townsend home.  Even after moving to Texas, Buck and Janie with their friends, stopped by for a few hours on their travels just to say Hello.  What a great day that was.  Tim and I feel blessed that Buck was in our lives.  He will be deeply missed.

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Buck was a great and a very kind guy we had a lot of fun together and I loved flirting with him and Jane would just laugh.

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So sorry to hear about Buck’s passing. What a nice man who always had a hello when you saw him about in the West End. My heartfelt condolences goes out to Peggy and  Sheryl and the entire family 

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I have only wonderful memories of all the family times we shared at the midget races in Westwood, the picnics at MomMoms and PopPops and Sunday nights at the homestead in Cochranville.These were times that will live in our thoughts and be remembered fondly. It was always a good time when Uncle Buck was there. You were the best!

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My condolences to the family.  I firt met Buck in 1963 when our family moved to our new home on Madison Steet.  Over the years Buck was very kind and friendly to our family and I was very happy about that and this showed me what a great person he was.  If he saw you outside he would always stop and say a few words to you just to see how you where doing and just to say hello.  I feel blessed to have know Buck and in his passing he will be reunited with his wife Jane as they both will be looking down on there children, grand children and great grand children from heaven.

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Our prayers with all of Bucks Family
Rootie sure will miss Buck they had coffee at the Chef for more then 25 yrs Loved to talk about there fords both were Ford men
And talk about the races Rest In Peace Rootie sure will miss
Prayers Rootie and Pat

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Buck was a great guy and I enjoyed being in his presence. He was the Tyler at Skerrett Lodge for many years and he always had a warm smile, strong handshake and cheerful greeting. My condolences go out to the entire family. 

Farewell My Brother


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I enjoyed going to the dirt track races with Buck  Will miss the good times and talks we had.  Prayers to the family

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Sorry to hear of Buck's passing he was certainly a fixture on Charles St. I enjoyed many moments hanging out with Jerry and everyone when I was growing up. He was a master with mechanics. Many times the officials at the midget races would make him teardown Jerry's engine because they just couldn't believe the car could go that fast!! My prayers are with the family he will be missed.

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Peggy & Sheryl, my mom notified me over the weekend that you dad passed.  I miss Charles Street from the good old days.  Not the current days.  BUT he was a life long resident of Charles Street (I had 50 years).  Your Dad was a joy to chat with.  Mornings I would leave for work (this was over 6 years ago since I moved) Buck would be out in the garage and I would stop and say hello and and chat a little before I headed down the alley to work.  He was leaving to head down to the Little Chef.  And yes, the garage door was always open.  In younger years he would always be in the garage doing something, everyday.  Loved when the "Boss" was started up.  From one Ford person to another, rest in peace Buck!!!

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