A precious life has passed from our sight but never from our hearts. Robert Gene Townsend passed away on Oct. 14 at age 80.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Mertice Townsend of Perry, son Randy Townsend and great granddaughter Liv Van Emmerik.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Audrey Townsend, loving brother of Carolyn Gibson, three children, Robyn Phillips, Rhonda Villasana, and Rodney Townsend, five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Robert graduated from Perry High School in 1951.

He was a successful businessman for more than 16 years at R-5 Western Store in Fremont, Calif. and Placerville, Calif.

Robert retired from Florsheim Shoes and then became marshal of Lockeford Springs Golf Course in Lodi, Calif.