Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Gary R. Townsend

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Mack Trucks technician

Gary R. Townsend, 62, of Bethlehem, died March 28, 2018, at his residence.

Born in Salisbury, Md., he was a son of the late Russell Townsend and Margaret “Peggy” (Christopher) Townsend of Northampton.

He was a final technician for Mack Trucks for 32 years before retiring in 2006.

He was a former member of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Bethlehem. He renovated houses and apartments.

He is survived by two sons, Gary Jr. of Greenacres, Fla., and Jeremy Ponstingl of Allentown; a daughter, Kelly Townsend of Catasauqua; a stepson, Ryan James of Charleston, S.C.; a stepdaughter, Ashley Lacerda of West Jefferson, N.C.; three sisters, Molly and her husband Richard Stahley of Saylorsburg, Melissa and her husband Gary Blair of New Castle, Ind., and Mary and her husband Stephen Arndt of Mertztown; two half brothers, Russell Townsend of Melbourne, Fla., and Tom Townsend and his wife Eva of Gotha, Fla.; four grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

He was predeceased by a half sister, Marie Granski; and a brother, Glenn P. Townsend.

Contributions may be made in his memory, c/o the funeral home, 2119 Washington Ave., Northampton, 18067.

Arrangements were made by Schisler Funeral Home Inc., Northampton.