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Gary Townson

Gary E. Townson

Sunday, September 8th, 1940 Thursday, October 29th, 2020

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Gary Eugene Townson, born September 8, 1940 in Coffeyville, Kansas, died October 29, 2020

Visitation will be Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the family to receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Smith Mortuary, Derby. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. on November 6, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church, Derby. Private interment will follow.

Gary received his long anticipated Heavenly Promotion. For over 20 years following his lung cancer, he had survived with only one lung.

He is preceded in death by parents, Evvie & Nelle Townson; Brother, Jim; Son, Shawn Townson and infant granddaughter, Alexandria Jane.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 61 years, Sharon "Sherri"; Sons, Greg Townson (Carol) of Castle Rock, CO, Brian Townson (Rhonda) of Haysville, KS; Daughter, Angel Tenbrook (Ivan) of Moore, OK; Daughter-in-law Sheryl Townson (Shawn) of Mulvane, KS; Step-mother, Dorothea Townson of Wichita, KS; Nine grandchildren, Sarah Clark (Sean), Holly Bartuska (Joey), Anna Johnson (Matt), Jana Tenbrook, Drew Townson (Cassie), Noah, Rachel, Natalie, and Brady Townson; Seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Gary worked at many jobs in his life. In 2000 He retired from the United States Postal Service after 31+ years as a Letter Carrier and Delivery Supervisor. He was quite active as Federal Legislative Supervisor for the National Association of Postal Supervisors and made many trips to Washington DC on behalf of the Postal Service.

He also volunteered with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees including serving at the local and state level in numerous elected offices. He became a "political junkie" and worked in many local, county, State, Federal and Presidential campaigns developing friendships with many volunteers as well as numerous elected officials and their spouses.

Earlier he had been a volunteer in Boy Scouts of America serving on the local Chapters and, for a time, being the Shapa Dist. Roundtable Chairman. He and his family made several visits to the Philmont BSA Ranch in New Mexico.

He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he loved people and he loved life!

Memorials will be established with, Kansans for Life, Union Rescue Mission and The Salvation Army.



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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas
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    Thursday, November 5th, 2020
    1:00pm - 8:00pm
    Family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  • Service

    Friday, November 6th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Calvary Baptist Church
    1636 E Patriot Ave
    Derby, Kansas
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday, November 6th, 2020
    11:00am
  • Interment

    Dunlap Cemetery
    Address Not Available

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