Charles Norman Townsend
Merritt Island, FL
Charles Norman Townsend "Charlie", 96, of Merritt Island, passed away peacefully Monday September 2, 2013. Charlie was born on May 29, 1917 in El Paso, TX to Frank and Olive Townsend. Charlie was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Genie Marjorie Townsend and is survived by his children, John Townsend, Norman Townsend, Genie Love and husband, Daniel; as well as eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Charlie graduated from the University of Texas in 1943 and worked in the Aerospace Industry as an Engineer for over 50 years; 30 of those years were spent at Kennedy Space Center working on the Apollo and Space Lab programs for the former Douglas Aircraft Company and the Space Shuttle Program with USBI and Lockheed Space. In retirement, Charlie and Marjorie traveled around the world visiting former foreign exchange students that they had hosted in their home since 1961.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday September 5, 2013, at Georgiana Cemetery on Merritt Island.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation, in Charlie's name, to a
. Plans for a Celebration of his life will be held in March 2014 for family and close friends. You may sign Charlie's guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Sept. 4, 2013