Charles Paris Townes, Jr. (Charlie) passed away peacefully at home in Wentzville, Missouri, on April 28, 2022, at the age of 77.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife Marta Townes, two sons, Chad Townes, and Jason Townes; two daughters, Kimberly Van Buren, and Renee Vachon; nine grandchildren, Andrew Van Buren, Brandon Van Buren, Allison Van Buren, Zachary Townes, Logan Townes, Ronan Townes, Liam Townes, Calvin Vachon, and Chloe Vachon; and his brother, Phillip Townes.
Charlie was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 13, 1944, growing up in Bridgeton with his parents and two brothers. His first daughter, Kim was born in 1964. He enlisted in the United States Army, and in 1968, he completed a tour in the Vietnam War, on the front lines, as a squad leader, opening the roads with a mine sweep team on convoy duty. A difficult assignment for a young man, that while it gave him a great source of pride, it also left its mark.
He was married to Marta Rodriguez on March 8, 1969, in El Paso, Texas. Their early years of marriage were spent traveling the United States where he was an industrial painter. His first son, Chad was born in 1971, followed by his daughter, Renee in 1973, and youngest son, Jason in 1979. They settled down in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1980, where he worked as a project manager and estimator before opening his own industrial coating business, Blastco, in Wentzville, Missouri.
Charlie and Marty were a true love story. Married for 53 years, through the good and the bad, their love was evident. They were the perfect match of his protection, loyalty, and providing; to her caretaking, loving and kindness. Seldom apart, they built a thriving business for over thirty years, raised their loving children, and doted on his proudest accomplishment, his nine grandkids. He had a special bond with his children’s spouses; Todd, Janine, Jessie, and Nick, loving them as his own. He enjoyed spending time with his family at the Lake of the Ozarks, where his perfect day would begin fishing crappie on his dock and end with a competitive game of spades where he went zero with the little joker.
An avid storyteller, Charlie loved a good tale of the bridges he painted, a fish that got away, or one of his many pranks. Most of his stories had been heard a few times, but still garnered a huge laugh from his rapt audience. He commanded a room by his powerful stature, boyish good looks, kind blue eyes, and hearty laugh. Respected by his many employees, and loved by Marty’s four brothers and one sister, his cousins, nieces, nephews, and of course his cat Missy.
He is preceded in death by his father Charles P. Townes, Sr., mother, Sylvia Townes, and brother Mike Townes. Charlie was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend who was famous for his incredible steaks. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
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