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Columbia Missourian

Floyd Allen 'Chuck' Townsend, 85, enjoyed the outdoors, gardening

By Isabel Casal-Nazario
July 24, 2013 | 9:15 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Floyd Allen "Chuck" Townsend spent most of his free time outdoors. He enjoyed gardening and frequently took his children and grandchildren swimming at the lake he lived on in Columbia. He would often keep a bar of soap under the dock to wash himself after gardening.

"His family was most important to him," his daughter Misty Langston said. "We always had some great family vacations and a lot of great memories."

"He traveled a lot for work, but never missed one of my swim meets," his son, David Townsend, said. "He always made time for family."

Floyd Allen "Chuck" Townsend of Columbia died Tuesday, July 23, 2013. He was 85.

He was a father, grandfather and friend. He was a longtime member of the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia and had been a member of the Columbia Evening Lions Club.

He is remembered as a "very caring man," his son said.

"He always greeted you with a smile and was willing to help out others," David Townsend said. "If you needed something, he was always there."

Mr. Townsend was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Sycamore Landing, Tenn., to Charles and Cora Belle (Buchanan) Townsend. He graduated from Caruthersville High School. He received his bachelor's degree in education from Arkansas State University. He later went on to receive a master's degree in education from MU in 1953.

He married Shirley Jean Krause on May 31, 1952, in Boone County, Ark.

Mr. Townsend was a teacher and principal at Sweet Springs High School. He also worked as a superintendent of Bronaugh School District. 

"All three of his children got education degrees," Langston said. "Education was important to him."

Mr. Townsend also served as corporal in the U.S. Air Corps, 46th Troop Carrier Squad in Korea, and served in World War II. As a result, he received a Victory Medal and an Army of Occupation (Japan) Medal.

Mr. Townsend also contributed to education through his jobs within the textbook industry. He worked as a textbook representative for Charles E. Merrill Publishing Co. for two years, and later joined Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co., now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as a sales representative in 1963.

Mr. Townsend remained with the company for the next 40 years, working a variety of positions. He retired as director of national sales. 

"He is still remembered by people in the company," his daughter said.

He is survived by his three children, daughter Misty Langston and her husband, Glenn, of Boonville, daughter Jeanne Wheeler and her husband, Lyle, and son, David Townsend, and his wife, Kerry, both of Columbia; six grandchildren, Sarah Langston of Columbia, S.C.,, Jodie Langston, Mike Wheeler, Jon Wheeler, Blair Townsend and Charlie Townsend, all of Columbia, Mo.; two sisters, Allie Warren of Waverly, Tenn., and Jean Gooden of Caruthersville.   

His parents, Charles and Cora Belle; his wife, Shirley; brothers, William "Buss" Townsend, and Charles Townsend; his sisters, Madge Williams and Ollie Townsend; and grandson Joseph Wheeler died earlier.

Visitation will be held noon Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will start at 2 p.m, with a burial immediately following in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri United Methodist Church or to the Columbia Evening Lions — Heartland Lions Eye Bank. 

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