OTTUMWA-Charles Thomas “Chuck” or “C.T.” Townsley was born February 20, 1931 in Eddyville, IA to Harold Thomas and Bernice Ruby Belzer Townsley. He passed away peacefully at 6:55 a.m. on July 10, 2018 at his home in Ottumwa.
Chuck spent the first five years of his life in Eddyville, after which the family moved to Ottumwa and he attended Horace Mann Elementary, Washington Junior High and Ottumwa High School, graduating in the class of 1949. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. When he got out, he worked for the railroad as a switchman until re-enlisting in the Navy in 1959. He was aboard the USS Andromeda, the USS Enterprise and the USS Saratoga as an air traffic controller. He served our country proudly for 22 years.
On November 17, 1961, he married Shirley Jean Nelson. Together they had two daughters, Teresa Renee and Lori Ann. The family was stationed many places around the world including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Jacksonville, FL and Corpus Christi, TX. When he served aboard ship for his last time, Shirley and the girls moved to Ottumwa to be closer to family. Chuck retired from the Navy in 1975.
Chuck then worked as the manager of the Elks Lodge in Ottumwa for 2 years. He then worked for Burlington Paper Company and then Great Western Supply. He knew so many and was always ready with a story or joke.
He was a life member of Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fleet Reserve Association Branch #300 and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.
Chuck had a lifelong love of animals, especially dogs. He instilled this love in his daughters as well. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Ottumwa; daughters, Teresa (Craig) MacLeod of Edmond, OK and Lori Ann Townsley (Rich Durflinger) of Sigourney; grandchildren, Megan and Courtney MacLeod of Oklahoma City, OK and Adam and Luke Hames of Cedar Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with Chaplain Doug McAntire officiating. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.
Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be made to Heartland Humane Society or Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties.