Paul Townley, 74, of La Porte, passed away unexpectedly at 8:41 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2020, at La Porte Hospital.
He was born January 12, 1946, in Bear Creek, Alabama, to Paul Ennis and Mary Flossie Bell (Mann) Townley.
Paul was a current member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Michigan City. He was a union member as a Master Electrician for the Electricians Local Union 1141 – IBEW.
Paul lived life to the fullest. Vivacious, caring, and always helpful, Paul never met a stranger or missed an opportunity to lend a hand. He loved to entertain, and his Cajun crab broils and margaritas were infamous. Paul loved to hunt, fish, and cook. He collected guns, knives, books, and kitchen gadgets. Paul had a passion for music and enjoyed an eclectic collection.
Paul had a magnetic personality that made you feel good when he was near. Ever the jokester, he always had a tall tale ready that brought big laughs. He had plenty of true stories, too, that reminded you of the incredible life he'd lived. His big personality, unwavering love, amazing stories, and loving, energetic presence will be sorely missed.
On December 19, 1995, in Stillwater, OK, he married Katherine “Kathy” Sue (Kingsbury) Townley, who survives. Paul met his wife, Kathy, while taking country dance lessons.
Also surviving are his four children, Paula (Mike) Apperson of Carrsville, Virginia, Joshua Townley of Texas, Jason (Deshawna) Townley of Springhill, TN and Kelli (Matthew) Townley of San Francisco, CA; one brother, Robert Townley of Murfreesboro, TN; father-in-law, Robert (Judy) Kingsbury of Bartlesville, OK; two sisters-in-law, Kimberly (Melanie) Kingsbury of Crowley, TX, and Kelly (Greg) Cedarstrom of Folsom, CA; and ten grandchildren, Lauren (Jeremy), Jeffrey (Amy), Michael (Beth), Andrew, Deklan, Sydney, Nathan (Mahala), Sarah, Bixby, Lula; and four great-grandchildren, Erin, Trent, Kori Ann, and Jack.
Preceding in death were his parents; son, Tanner Wilmeth; infant brother, Donald Townley; brother, Jimmy Townley; sister, Geneva White; mother-in-law, Beverly Winston; father-in-law, Ken Winston; brother-in-law, Bob White; two nephews, Ronald White and Robert Townley; and niece, Randa Townley.
A funeral celebrating his life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2020, at Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 with Pastor Joseph Czolgosz officiating. Visitation and viewing will be held from 12 p.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.
Please send condolences to the family at www.LakeviewFHC.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Trinity Episcopal Food Pantry, 600 Franklin St., Michigan City, Indiana, 46360 in memory of Paul Townley.