Ronald Lynn Townsend, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at Brownwood Regional Hospital. He was born April 16, 1939, in Blanket to Albert and Evelyn Townsend.

Ronnie enlisted in the Navy where he spent four years traveling the world learning electronics. After serving his country, he met the love of his life and married Martha Underwood on Aug. 30, 1963. They just celebrated 54 years of marriage. He retired from GTE after 25 years and then retired from Early ISD. After retiring, he continued working numerous jobs.

He was a very kind hearted and loving person; he loved spending time fishing, hunting and playing dominos. Ronnie loved his family and friends and would help anyone in time of need. He was a devoted husband, dad, brother and uncle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Evelyn Townsend; sister, Minnie Ola (Townsend) Hughes; and brother, Robert Townsend.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Martha Townsend; sister, Teenie Sharp and Jim; daughter, Kimberly Etzel; son, Jay Townsend; granddaughter, Kourtney Williams and Joshua; granddaughter, Allie Etzel; grandson, Clay Townsend; granddaughter, Ivy Townsend; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Heartland Funeral Home, Early. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel, Early. Burial services will follow at Blanket Cemetery.

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