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Jack B. Townsend
(December 15, 1945 - April 20, 2013)

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Jack B. Townsend

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Jack Brian Townsend, 67, of Latrobe, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. He was born in Latrobe on December 15, 1945, a son of the late Jack B. and Jane (Ross) Townsend. He graduated from Latrobe High School in 1963 and from the Pennsylvania State University in 1967. He was a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1975, when he returned to Latrobe to marry the former Mary Lou Atkinson. He was self-employed in insurance sales, while devoting much of his time to community service. He served on the Greater Latrobe School District Board of Directors for eight years, six of them as president. He was a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Latrobe, and was instrumental in developing the Latrobe Rotary Community Park/School near Youngstown. He was an elder and past treasurer of the Latrobe Presbyterian Church, a member of the church’s Unity Chapel Committee and Property and Finance Committee, and was secretary of the board of directors of the Unity Cemetery Association. He also served on the boards of the Greater Latrobe School District’s Art Conservation Trust, the Latrobe Area Historical Society, and the Latrobe Foundation; was a past trustee of the Latrobe Elks, and was a 32nd degree Mason. Besides his wife, he is survived by the greatest joy of his life, his son John A. “Jack” Townsend, at home. He is also survived by two brothers, William R. and wife Karen of Latrobe and Richard B. of Export; an aunt, Jean Barnett, and her husband, Joseph E. Barnett, of Murrysville; an uncle, Arthur Ross and wife Lois of Latrobe; his nephew and godson Patrick K. Townsend of Latrobe; and niece Kelly R. Townsend of Florida. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 8 Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 Tuesday in the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc., 1500 Ligonier Street in Latrobe. Members of the Latrobe Rotary Club will pay their respects at 7:00 PM Tuesday and Masonic Services will be held at 7:30 PM Tuesday in the funeral home. Funeral services will be held in Unity Chapel at 11 a.m., Wednesday with his pastor, the Rev. Clark R. Kerr, officiating. Everyone is asked to please go directly to Unity Chapel. Military honors accorded by the combined funeral deatil of American Legion Post 515 and VFW Post 3414 will follow in Unity Chapel.Interment will be in Unity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Unity Cemetery Association or the Unity Chapel Endowment Fund, c/o the Latrobe Presbyterian Church. Jack’s wife and son wish to thank the staff at the Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion, the Oncology unit at Latrobe Hospital, and Excela Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion through these very difficult months. Online condolences and guestbook can be found at www.hartman-grazianofuneralhome.com.

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