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Howard Orville Town, age 87, of Greenville, passed away Sunday morning, April 17, 2011 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice. The twin son of Chauncy D. & Marion Helene (Rowley) Town, he was born on March 20, 1924 in Greenville.

On July 16, 1943, he married Fern Elizabeth Guinnup, and then served in World War II in the U.S. Army where he was part of the occupation forces in Germany.

Following the war, he returned home and began his lifes work as a skilled carpenter, master woodworker, and cabinet builder working for many years with the Carter family in their business, Greenville Construction Company. Howard was a long-time member of Faith Baptist Church and was proud to have helped build both churches the original church on M-57 and the new church on Greenville West Drive.

Throughout his life, he delighting in traveling — especially throughout Europe when he visited his family in Germany.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 55 years, Fern Elizabeth Town on January 20, 1999; his identical twin brother, Harold Albert Town; and a granddaughter-in-law, Julianne Town.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Wayne & Charlene Town, Sr. of Belding, James Edward & Hilda Town of Bavaria, Germany; his grandchildren, Rebecca Jo Town, Robert Town Jr. & Chris Young of Cedar Springs, Edward & Edit Town of Bavaria, Germany; his great-grandchildren, Anthony, Tyler, and Jordan Town, all of Cedar Springs, Faithlin Jo Town of Belding, and Andre Town of Bavaria, Germany; a sister-in-law, Betty Jean Town of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 315 N. Greenville West Drive, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Pastor Robert Winter will officiate and burial, with military honors rendered by the U.S. Army, will follow at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to Faith Baptist Church will be available at the church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Howards online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville, is entrusted with the arrangements.


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  1. Anonymous on April 17, 2011 at 12:00 am


    04/22/2011 –

    Diane Heether

    So sorry for the loss of Howard. He was a very nice man. My son Jason and his 2 boys will miss Howard very much. He always counted on and took Howards advice. He will be missed dearly. Hold on to the memories .

    04/21/2011 –

    Lois and Lyle Livasy

    Howard was a wonderful man. We have been blessed to have known him for so many years. We will always remember him fondly. He is now happy with Jesus. We send our sympathy to his family.

    04/21/2011 –


    For the Family of Howard,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your father has been a patient of ours since 1995 and will be missed. Please know that you are being thought of during this difficult time.
    Dr. Rocky Hansen and Staff

    04/20/2011 –

    Dennis and Barb Petersen

    Mr. Town did a lot of wonderful work on our home throughout the years. He had a great sense of humor and we always were pleased with his hard work ethic. He will leave his legacy of craftsmanship in many homes in this area.

    04/20/2011 –

    Connie Kern

    Robert and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during these “TOUGH” days. I truely know how you feel in the loss of your father. Always remember those special times with him, speak his name often and he will always be with you in your heart!!
    May GOD bless you and your family!!
    Sincerely, Connie Kern

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