Calvin E. Towne

Calvin E. Towne, 87, of Bluffton, IN, and having family members in Markle, IN, died Monday evening, April 17, 2017, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Towne served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1949. He worked as an engineer at Franklin Electric, in Bluffton, for 18 years, retiring in 1991. He was also a professor at Ivy Tech, in Fort Wayne, for more than 20 years. He was a master electrician and owned and operated Town Electric, in Bluffton, for more than 35 years, working with the City of Bluffton on many projects.

He was a member of the Bluffton First Church of the Nazarene and was active in the Work in Witness mission projects in several countries.

He was born May 19, 1929, in Xenia, OH, to John H. and Nellie Pickel Towne. He married Marian I. Lindsley on Dec. 16, 1950, in Rochester, NY, and she survives in Markle.

Additional survivors include three sons, Calvin (Linnea) Towne, of Springboro, OH; Gerald W. (Theresa) Towne, of Markle; and Steve (Mary) Towne, of Poneto; four daughters, Carol (Ruben) Rodriguez, of Justin, TX; Sharon (Randy) Eskew, of Fort Wayne; Joanne (Scott) Landers, of Bluffton; and Susie (Ken) Towne-Powell, of Ossian; 34 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

Calling is Friday, April 21, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bluffton First Church of the Nazarene, 1515 Clark Ave., Bluffton. A service will be held at the church on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 10 a.m., with calling one hour prior to the service. Rev. Tim Miller will officiate. Burial will be at Elm Grove Cemetery, in Bluffton, with military honors by American Legion Post 111, of Bluffton, and the United States Army Honor guard.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Bluffton First Church of the Nazarene for the Work in Witness-DR Project.

Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home, Bluffton, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.thomarich.com.