Gerald E. "Jerry" Townsend

Jul 24 1948
Dec 27 2019
71 Years
Honey Brook

Gerald E. "Jerry" Townsend, 71, of Honey Brook, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019, under the care of the VA Hospice Center in Coatesville.  He was the widower of the late Patricia C. Townsend who passed away in August of this year after they had shared 23 years of marriage.

Born in Coatesville, Gerald was the son of Havard F. "Buck" Townsend and the late Jane (Hanna) Townsend.  

He was a 1967 graduate of Scott Senior High and a member of Westwood Union Church.

He served honorably with the US Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1971. 

Gerald worked for I.M.S. in Coatesville as a heavy-duty equipment operator, and later at Zeks Air Dryer and ACME.

He is survived by his sisters, Peg Proudfoot, and her children Kelly and Kristee, and Sheryl Townsend, and her children, Bridgette and Brian; great-nieces and nephews; and, stepdaughter, Colleen Eshbach and husband Brian of Gilbertsville and 3 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main Street, Parkesburg, PA on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 11:00 AM with the viewing from 10:00-11:00. Interment will follow at the Friendship Methodist Cemetery, Coatesville, PA.

Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Jan 4 2020 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Wilde Funeral Home


My childhood years consisted of bike riding, baseball playing, hide and seek and all things we did as kids on Charles Street.  Jerry, being my next door neighbor, was by my side during all these wonderful memories.  It's been a very long time since we've been in touch, but that doesn't stop the memories from flowing.   Rest in Peace my old friend.  Sympathies to the family.

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Jerry it was a honor to have you as my Stepfather. I'Actually since my Mom was never married before she married you, you are the only person who was ever in my life with the word "Father" as a title. You were the best Stepfather and the best Grandpop to my kids. They thought you were the coolest Pop Pop Jerry! m glad that you and my Mom are together now and you are no longer in pain. I'm gonna miss you and my Mom. You two left me too soon.

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To Colleen & Family:
"We Remember"
At the rising of the sun and at it's going down
We remember them
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
We remember them
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring
We remember them
At the blueless of the skies and in the warmth of summer
We remember them
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn
We remember them
At the beginning of the year and when it ends
We remember them
As long as we live, they too will live
For they are now part of us
As we remember them
When we are weary and in need of strength
We remember them
When we have joy we crave to share
We remember them
When we have achievement that are based on theirs
We remember them
As long as we live, they too will live;
For they are now a part of us
As we remember them.

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