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George Hallman Townsend, Jr., 80, went to his heavenly home on July 14, 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle.

George was an only child, born to the late Charlotte and George Townsend, Sr. in Staten Island, NY on the 4th of July in 1937. Every 4th of July while watching fireworks, George would tell everyone, “You really didn’t need to do all this for me.” That was George, he always had a witty comment and made people smile.

George loved his native New York City. In Staten Island, NY, he graduated from Curtis High School and then from Wagner College with a degree in economics. After college, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Joseph K. Taussig. He loved his country and considered it an honor to serve.

George married the love of his life, Julie, on May 22, 1965. He affectionately called her, “his bride.” They say opposites attract, and it sure worked for them. He was the anchor and she the wings. And although different in some ways, they did have many things in common including their love for God and each other. They loved traveling to many places and being in nature. Most of all they enjoyed being together and taking care of each other.

George held corporate jobs and worked in Manhattan until he was transferred to Libertyville, IL. His family moved to Libertyville in 1976 where George worked in corporate federal taxes until his retirement. After retiring, George and Julie moved back East and settled in Mt. Bethel, PA, and wintered in Boca Raton, FL. In retirement, George volunteered his time and talents with various organizations. In August of 2016, George and Julie moved to Minnesota to be closer to family.

George was incredibly humble and unselfish. He was a brilliant man with a successful career, but he wouldn’t want us to talk about that. He would want you to know that he was devoted to God and to his family. He loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loved being with the neighborhood children God brought into his life in Pennsylvania. He was loved by his family and by the many friends he made in his lifetime. George always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. He loved history and was a great story teller. His comedic timing and delivery was impeccably clever. He was an avid fisherman who loved the water. He was a sports enthusiast who would often rattle off team and player statistics and facts. George knew a lot of facts. You didn’t want to play Trivial Pursuit with him, you’d definitely lose.

George’s presence will be missed, his memories will be treasured, he will always be loved, and he will never be forgotten. His loved ones celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his Savior.

George is survived by his wife of 52 years, Julie Rafoss Townsend of Sartell, MN; his daughter, Janet (Paige) McConkey of Sauk Rapids, MN; his son, Peter (Melissa) Townsend of Fox Lake, IL; his 3 grandchildren Amanda, Jakob and Jacoby McConkey; and his favorite dog Murphy.

Our family would like to extend a special thank you to Quiet Oaks Hospice House, CentraCare Health Hospice, and Westwood Community Church for their loving care and support during his final days.

A Memorial Service for George will be held on Saturday, September 9th at Westwood Community Church in St. Cloud, MN. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00am, the service will be held at 11:00am, with a lunch reception to follow. Reverend Thor Foss will officiate the service. Memorial contributions may be made to “Compassion Fund” at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud, MN, “Deacon Fund” at Westwood Community Church in St. Cloud, MN, and “Per Rune Larsen Scholarship Fund” at the Tuscarora Inn and Conference Center in Mt. Bethel, PA.

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5716 Walnut Drive
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303

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