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James Leon Townsend
James Leon Townsend, 80, of Spring Church, PA passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Communities at Indian Haven in Indiana, Pa.
Jim was born on April 26, 1941 in Indiana, PA, the son of Emerson Moore Townsend and Beatrice Jane (Sloan) Townsend.
Jim graduated from Elderton High School in 1959; Drafted into the Army in 1960, Jim completed basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Most of his service time was in Germany, receiving an honorable discharge in 1962. Jim worked for Buckeye Pipeline Company for 23 ½ years. He was the owner and Corporation President of Townsend Gas & Oil, Inc. from 1985 to the present. Jim was a partner in Townsend Properties LP and Townsend Associates.
Jim loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing at his camp in Potter County and other locations in the States, Canada and Newfoundland. He spent many hours with yardwork, his garden, flowers and fruit trees.
Jim has been a life-long NASCAR fan, traveling to nearly all of the Speedways in the States.
Jim had the "gift of gab", always having a memorable conversation with everyone. He was a member of Indiana Franklin Lodge #313, Coudersport Consistory, American Legion, Apollo Elks, the NRA and many other organizations.
Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara Carrol (Clark) Townsend, whom he married on Jan. 17, 1964; two sons, James Loren Townsend of Blairsville and Jeffrey Layne Townsend and Angie of Blairsville; grandchildren, Cole and Carly Townsend; brothers, Emerson D. Townsend and wife, Gloria of Spring Church and Lawrence "Bim" Townsend and wife, Sharyn of Elderton, nephews, Dale Townsend and wife, Debbie and Dan Townsend and wife, Patti; niece, Judy (Townsend) Artman and husband, Bill; and his loving and faithful dog, Rhea.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.
At Jim's request, services and celebration of life remembrances will private for the immediate family.
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