William Cochran Townsend

Apr 26 1928
Jan 12 2022
93 Years
Parkesburg, formerly of Cochranville

William Cochran Townsend, 93, of Parkesburg, formerly of Cochranville, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. He was the beloved husband of Hazel Mellinger Townsend with whom he shared 68 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, PA, he was the son of the late Willis Townsend and Bertha Hershour Townsend.

Bill was an area resident all his life. He proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War, as a sergeant in Ansbach, Germany, from 1950 to 1952.  Bill was employed for 47 years, by the Lukens Steel Company in Coatesville as a grinder, retiring in 1993. 

In his younger years  Bill was an avid championship motorcycle drag racer, and later continued his love for the outdoors, largely centered around home, family and friends, enjoying pool time and picnics.  Bill was known for his annual garden and worked tirelessly to ensure a bountiful crop of vegetables for the family, with plenty to be shared with others.  

Bill was a member of the Friendship United Methodist Church in Gum Tree, PA and he was a member of the Skerett Masonic Lodge No. 343 of Cochranville, PA.

He is survived, in addition to his wife, by two daughters; Sandra Pluck and husband Jeffrey of Parkesburg and Pamela J. Hochmuth and husband John of Raleigh, NC, five grandchildren; Rob Webster, Michele Reynolds and husband Mark, Jessica Detwiler and husband Chris, David Hochmuth and wife Shannon, and Ashley Bellamy and husband PJ;  and seven great grandchildren; Lily, Cole, Piper, Landon, Shealyn, Ava and Harper.  He was preceded in death by three siblings; Havard "Buck" Townsend, Genevieve Chesnet and Roger Townsend.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St. Parkesburg, PA followed by interment at the Friendship Methodist Cemetery, Gum Tree, PA. Family and friends are also invited to attend the viewing at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, January 19, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and also Thursday morning from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM. At 10:45 AM Masonic services will be performed by the Skerett Masonic Lodge. 

In order to protect those at risk, please wear a face mask and practice social distancing while at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Assoc. 5455 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214.

Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com


Service Date: 
Jan 20 2022 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St. Parkesburg, PA, 19365


Dear Hazel , Sandy and  Family,   I'm so sorry for your loss ... My thoughts and prayers are with you ... Love, Dolly

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Dear Mrs. Townsend, Pam and family, we are so saddened by your loss. We send our love and pray your wonderful memories will carry you through this difficult time. Out hearts go out to you.
Shelley and Bob 

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Oh uncle Bill, may you Rest In Peace. You are no longer hurting and I’m sure you and Poppop Buck are up there racing already. You will be missed. Condolences to Sandy, Pam and the rest of the family. 

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Mon mom ,Mom and Aunt Pam although we are not there our thoughts and prayers are with all of you we hope the Lord gives you some comfort and peace at this time of loss Pop pop is is now home with the Lord he no longer has any pain or suffering he is now able to do everything he wants to do although we will all miss him dearly he is now at peace
Love Rob and Tina

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Aunt Hazel, Sandy, Pam and families,
Sending much love , thoughts and prayers from Michigan. We have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Bill. That garden all those years was most impressive to us! Love u all ❤️😔❤️😔❤️😔

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Aunt Hazel, Pam, and Sandy may God surround you with his love and compassion during this difficult time of transition. So many great memories of times past full of love, devotion and endurance. He was a wonderful uncle.


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To all the family. May god be with you and give you the strength during this difficult time. I send my sympathy and prayers to you all. 

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Oh I remember the years when I was little how I loved to come play at your house. I remember Bill taking me on a very fast motorcycle ride.haha.I am so sorry for your loss of Bill.Remembering your family,

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