LONGVIEW — Luther Monroe Townsend, 89, of Longview, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 20, 2013. He was born May 23, 1924, in Texarkana, Arkansas, to Luther Bennett and Myra Viola Townsend.
Luther is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lore; son, Patrick Townsend; daughter, Patricia Dangel; son-in-law, Egon Dangel Jr.; and three grandchildren, Ryan, Aaron and Rachel Dangel.
Luther served in the U.S. Army
for 24 years and retired in 1967 as a first sergeant with the Berlin Brigade in Berlin, Germany. He was a veteran of World War II
and the Korean War
. He was wounded during World War II, where he earned the Purple Heart
, Bronze Star and other commendations for his dedication and bravery. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the U.S. Army never left him as friends and family can attest.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Texas, for their loving care and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of East Texas.
Luther will be laid to rest in Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 2903 Lismore Lane in Longview.
Luther will be greatly missed by his friends and family.