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Philip Eugene Townsend Sr.

Davenport, IA - Philip Eugene Townsend Sr., 82, passed away June 18, 2018 at the home of his youngest daughter, Nancy Klemme in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Townsend was born in Woodburn, Iowa. He was the son of Floella (Hines) Townsend and Everett Townsend of Osceola, IA. Phil attended Osceola High School and St. Ambrose College. He obtained his engineering degree from Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

Mr. Townsend was the last surviving offspring of Everett and Floella. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Roberta (Townsend) Tenney and his brothers Duane (Mike), Gerald and Kenneth. He was also predeceased by his wife Wauneita (Neita) Wilkens Townsend, a daughter, Michelle Stearman Strong, granddaughter Heather Strong, and infant great-grandson, Cole Howe. He leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Surviving Phil are his four daughter: Tamara Margollis, Patricia Townsend-Zales,

Nancy Klemme, son, Philip Eugene Townsend Jr., wife, Lorraine Townsend and stepson, Devin Lorsson.

Phil spent his career as an engineer, first at Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois, subsequently at ARDEC/Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey, and finally with the Department of Defense at the Pentagon in Virginia. Phil retired in 1995 and then spent his time between Sun City, AZ and Ft. Wayne, IN.

Genealogy was Phil's favorite pastime. He was a talented artist. He could be a prankster, but always funny and kind. His family was his passion, he was a devoted husband and father and a loyal friend and relative.

It was Phil's wish to be transported to his beloved Iowa for his final days. He traveled from Ft. Wayne and arrived in the early evening of June 17 accompanied by his daughter, Nancy, her husband Kraig Klemme, and his wife, Lorraine. He died peacefully less than 12 hours later. He accomplished his goal to "go home to Iowa".

Separate services will be held in Davenport, IA and Charlotte, NC.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 11, 2018
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