Gary Townsend of Wadesville, Ind., formerly of Cadiz, Ky., went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 17.
He died at home due to an inoperable cancer which was diagnosed on Sept. 1. He was born Oct. 1, 1944 in Albion, Ill. to the late Clarence Townsend and Pauline (Survance) Lawrence.
Gary graduated from Crossville High School in 1962. He became a registered nurse and pursued a career in nurse anesthesia at Detroit Receiving hospital in Detroit, Mich. where he met his wife of 54 years Marguerita (Rita) Townsend. It was at this time that the Vietnam war was going on, and he got a letter that he was going to be drafted, therefore together they joined the Armed Forces and became the first husband and wife nurse team in the Navy. Gary was a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and the pastor of His Church in Cadiz, Ky.
Gary is survived by his wife, Rita; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Daryl and Linda Townsend of Jackson, Tenn. and Kevin and Jill Lawrence of Washington, Ind.; his son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Lisa Townsend of Cadiz, Ky.; his daughter and son-in-law, Alesia and Lee Brown of Wadesville, Ind.; his grandchildren Steven and Amber Atkins of Indian Mound, Tenn.; Philip and Lacey Townsend of Cadiz, Ky.; Luke Brown of Wadesville, Ind.; Leah and Allison Polokoff of Evansville, Ind.; Tyler Francis; Adriana Scott and Adrian (AJ) Scott of Cadiz, Ky.; and his great grandchildren, Grant and Harper Atkins of Indian Mound, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and great grandson, Philip Townsend IV.
For condolences, reach out to Rita Townsend at 4611 Hidbrader Rd Wadesville IN, 47638