Obituary of Roy Townsend

Roy Emerald Townsend, age 87, resident of rural Fort Scott, KS, died Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, KS.  He was born on September 7, 1935, in Harding, KS, the son of Perry and Elizabeth Snyder Townsend.

\  Roy served in the Army from 1958 until 1961.  He was stationed in Germany for 1 ½ years as crew chief for a 3 Star General.

Roy married Nancy Susan Michael on March 30, 1964, in Miami, OK.  She preceded him in death on December 3, 2020.  He worked various jobs through the years including Bruce Marble Works, heavy equipment operator, and maintenance.  He enjoyed working on his vintage military vehicles, pulling tractors, coin collecting, and watching Gun Smoke.  He was a member of the Rising Sun Lodge #8 in Fort Scott.


Survivors include two sons, Perry Townsend (Jane), Redfield, KS, and Jerry Townsend (Amber), Chanute, KS; two grandchildren, Adam Townsend, and Sarah Bower (Justin); onegreat granddaughter, Aleah Marie Bower; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Price, and his parents.


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 Tuesday, March 7th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Monday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Ronald McDonald House or Bethel Community Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott, KS.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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