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1951 Paul 2024

Paul E. Townsend

March 15, 1951 — March 20, 2024

Paul Eugene Townsend, 73, of Bayard, Nebraska, went to Heaven Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Bayard with Rev. Dr. Tyson Lambertson of The Rock Church officiating. Cremation has taken place. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Paul’s obituary page viewable at 

Paul was born March 15, 1951, in Scottsbluff to Frank and Fern (Kellander) Townsend. He lived in and graduated from Bayard. Paul served in the United States Army following high school and then attended Lukens tool and die trade school. He became a precision master machinist and used his talent his whole life. He made everyone gifts from fixing things out of nothing. His favorite metal to craft with was brass.

Paul met Earline Lucele Blackstone at a very young age. They loved each other forever whether they were together or apart. Paul reunited with Earline, the love of his life, and they remained together for twenty-three years until he passed away peacefully in her arms.

Breakfast time was special every day. He enjoyed cooking and he and Earline sat and ate while reading his favorite book, the Bible. He loved Jesus, reading, and birdwatching. He liked to watch for eagles while he and Earline would go for drives or hunt for rocks. Paul took pride in his garden and yard and was also a great singer. 

Memories were made when he took his girls fishing while they were young. Spending time with his family became even more important to him as he grew older. He cherished time with his grandkids, and later great grandkids and great nieces and great nephews, and his bearded dragon. Being with and taking care of his wife was what made him the happiest. He was an amazing husband, father, grandpa, great papa, and great uncle. Paul will be missed and forever loved by his family.

Survivors include his wife, Earline Townsend; daughter, Erica (Jordan) Woodbury and grandchildren, Gracelyn, Ledson, and Anna; daughter, Dandi (Chad) Wyldes and grandchildren, Jaxon and Ava; son, Ricky (Amy) Snyder and grandchildren, Luke, Allie, and Ryan; daughter, Renea (Brad) Mohrman and grandchildren, Brittany and Bethany, and great-grandchildren, Sapphira and Severide; a nephew and nieces; a great nephew and great nieces; sister, Kathy Stout; and other extended family members and friends.

Waiting for him in Heaven were his parents; daughter, Kassie Townsend; brother, Tom Couch; and good friend, Jerry Snyder.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Mountain time)

Cornerstone Fellowship Church (Bayard)


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