Charles E. (Chuck) TOWNSEND

Age 89 of Arden Hills Died peacefully January 12, 2013 at home at Lake Johanna Shores in Arden Hills, Minnesota. He had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 1 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Des Moines, Iowa and on Tuesday February 26, 3:45 pm at Johanna Shores Chapel, 3220 Lake Johanna Blvd, Arden Hills, Minnesota. Chuck was born in Des Moines, December 11, 1923 to Clarence McNutt and Pauline (Townsend) McNutt. After his mother died he was raised by grandparents, Charles and Winifred Furr Townsend. He married Marilyn Groves on June 13, 1943. Childhood friends, Marilyn and Chuck were married for 64 years until Marilyn passed away in 2008. During World War Two Chuck served in the Army's 914th Engineers Company in the Pacific. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Master of Fine Arts in 1950. He established a career as a graphic designer and commercial artist for Look magazine, Wesley Day Agency, and other firms. Chuck was a founder of the Art Directors Association of Iowa. He later joined the faculty at Iowa State University's College of Art and Design. After retirement he and Marilyn traveled, enjoyed their grandchildren and great grandson and Chuck continued his print making and other interests. Chuck is lovingly remembered by his daughter Pam (Harry) Postal of Stockton CA; son Charlie (Sherry) Townsend of Mendota Heights MN; grandchildren, Lisa, Ben, Susie, Jimmie and Beth and great grandson, Neal. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Luke's Episcopal Church 3424 Forest Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310.

Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 18, 2013