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John M "Mike" Townsend



John M "Mike" Townsend, 67, passed away Thursday evening, March 9, 2017, in Grand Coulee, Washington. Born Thursday, November 3, 1949, in Phoenix, Arizona, to John Elbert and Rosetta Jean Wolfe-Townsend, Mike graduated high school and went on to earn his college degree. PFC Townsend then served his country with the U.S. Army as a door gunner in Vietnam, completing Military Police Training as well as earning the National Defense Service Medal and Marksman Badge before receiving his honorable discharge in Dexheim, Germany, on September 9, 1969.

Mike married Marjorie "Margie" Harford Friday, July 1, 1983, in Phoenix, Arizona, then the two "re-tied the knot for good" on Thursday, March 25, 1999, at the "Hitch'n Post" in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Mike was well known and liked throughout the Grand Coulee area, where he served the public as a checker with Coulee Gas. Mike enjoyed playing pool, singing karaoke at the Electric City Tavern, and just relaxing in his recliner at home watching TV.

Mike will be greatly missed and remembered by his wife, and love of his life, Marjorie Townsend; son, Michael Paul Townsend; brothers: Scott (Rhonda) Townsend, and Paul (Janet) Townsend, and the many others whose lives he touched.

Cremation has taken place and private services will be held.

Please sign Mike's online register book at

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington, is honored to be serving Mike's family.

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