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Burton Towne

d. September 21, 2016

Burton Allen Towne, age 80, of Austin, Minnesota died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Burt was born August 15, 1936 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Al and Loretta (Sherwood) Towne. He was the first of three children. Burt graduated from Albert Lea High School and from there went into the United States Air Force and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska as a radar maintenance specialist until 1958. When he returned to Minnesota, he attended Austin Community College and met his loving wife, Nancy. They were married on January 2, 1960 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. To this union four children were born: Barb, Lynne, Todd, and Lori. Burt was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He leaves behind countless special memories for each of us whose lives he touched. Burt was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, trap shoot, fish, and golf. He shared many good memories with his friends in these activities. We know you will be in Heaven carving the family turkey. We all love you. Burt was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in October 2014 and fought until the end. He had chosen to donate his body to the Mayo Clinic for research in hope to help others in the future. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nancy; children, Barb (Tom) Taylor, Lynne Church, Todd (JaNell) Towne, Lori (Mark) Reed; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Linda (George) Mahlum, Carmin Blankenship. He is preceded in death by his parents, Al and Loretta Towne. A Celebration of Life for Burt will be held from 3-5 pm on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the Hormel Historic Home in Austin (208 4th Avenue NW). Condolences may be left online at

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Monday, September 26 2016
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hormel Historic Home
208 4th Ave. NW
Austin MN 55912

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