Waldron "Jerry" C Townsend

September 14, 1933October 23, 2019

Jerry was born in Edgemont, South Dakota on September 14th, 1933 to Francis Alberta Webb and Waldron Cheney Townsend and passed away on October 23, 2019. He is survived by daughter Christina Townsend of Idaho Falls, son Waldron Clint (Cathy) Townsend of Harrison, Idaho, daughter Bonnie Fowler of Salt Lake City, daughter Jamie (James) Hartley of Colbert, Washington. Granddaughters Jody Townsend of El Paso, Texas, Brianna McKenna of Salt Lake City, Juree (Lynn) Burton of Salt Lake City, Melissa (Zack) Draper of Salt Lake City, Madison Hartley and Avery Hartley of Colbert, Washington. Great-Grandkids, Dylan Draper and Hanna Burton. His sister Carol (Jerry) Wang of Leesburg Florida. He is preceded in death by his wife Shirley, brother Bill and daughter Sharon and his parents. He grew up near Osage, Wyoming in Weston County where his father was an oil producer. He graduated from high school at Upton, Wyoming in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army during the end of the Korean conflict. While in the service and stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington he met Shirley and they were married soon after his discharge in 1955 on April 5th 1956. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1959 at the University of Wyoming. He continued working as a graduate assistantship while working on his master and teaching. He worked for Hercules Powder Company in Salt Lake City from 1960-1962. He then returned to the University in1962 and completed his master in Mechanical Engineering in 1963. He then entered the nuclear industry and worked for the contactors for eight years and teaching Mechanical Engineering and related courses at the Columbia Basin College while working at the Hanford nuclear facility near Richland, Washington. Upon leaving Hanford he took the family to Pittsburgh, PA for an opportunity with Westinghouse Electric Nuclear Products for three years. In 1972 the family again moved, this time to Idaho Falls, Idaho and worked at the INEL until his retirement in 1995. He grew up in a musical environment compliments of his mother. Frances was a professional pianist and Jerry played the Tenor sax as well as the piano. In fact, Jerry could listen to a song on the radio and sit down at the piano and play the song. Music continued while in the Army where he helped set up the band for the battalion.

Jerry was very involved in scouting and was a scoutmaster for 22 years. He enjoyed photography, music, hunting, fishing, camping, gold and investing. Memorial Services will be held at First Evangelical Lutheran Church on November 9th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to either the First Evangelical Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.



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Becky Rivers

October 23, 2020

It’s been 1 year now, and I must say, I really miss my neighbor Jerry. It’s just not the same without him, or Shirley for that matter.
Both such kind people. The world needs more good people like them.

Ruth Nordstrom

November 9, 2019

To all of Jerry's kids and grandkids,

I have been thinking of you all since I saw the announcement of your father's death and I want to express my condolences. My thoughts keep going to the numerous good times that Gary and I spent with your parents. Your Dad was there for me when Gary passed away and certainly helped me handle a major home emergency (flooded basement) on the day of Gary's passing. He also counseled Gary as he pursued his interest in photography. I believe their friendship is now renewed.

I pray for your peace and comfort as you move forward without him. I had hoped to attend his service but unfortunately I am unable to do so. He and your Mother were such special friends to us.

May you feel the love of the Savior as you move through these days.

Much love to your family!
Ruth Nodstrom

Dr. Jay Ellis

November 1, 2019

We at Ellis Physical Therapy wish to send our condolences and prayers to I Townsend family. Jerry has been a long time friend here. We was very consistent with attending with us on a regular basis to work out and exercise on his own. He was always pleasant, courteous, and frequently say hello or thank us for our facility and program. We enjoyed seeing him and helping him when he needed or requested a little help for his program or needs. He will be missed.

Becky Rivers

October 31, 2019

Such great neighbors to have for the last 26 years. My daughter and Jerry’s granddaughter Brianna became friends and had many sleepovers in Shirley and Jerry’s basement.
We could hear Jerry playing the piano in his front room. We would stand outside and listen.
Jerry loved watching the kids play in the neighborhood as he sat on his front porch. And loved it even more when they would come talk to him. He always enjoyed talking and liked to get to know the kids. At CHRISTMAS they would bring us a sweet bread in the shape of a wreath. They were very good neighbors. It was a huge loss to lose Shirley, now Jerry. He will be missed very much. Hugs to all the Townsend family. We will miss seeing all of you in the neighborhood. The Rivers Family.

Jan Coyle

October 29, 2019

My condolences to your families on the passing of your Dad. I so enjoyed visiting with your family when you all were young! I remember watching the first moon walk at your house in Richland. Your Mom was like a big sister to me. God bless you all.
The attached picture is of your Mom and Grandma Tina.
Much love to you all,

Jan Berger Coyle


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