Obituary of Louis “Ray” Townsley |

Obituary of Louis “Ray” Townsley

Louis Townsley

Louis “Ray” Townsley passed away peacefully in Napa at home with his family on Aug. 8, 2015.

Ray was born in Fal, Louisiana on July 7, 1923. He was the first of five children born to William and Anna Townsley.

Ray was an avid sports fan from a young age. At Burkville High School in Texas, Ray was a popular football player, and as a senior was voted “Best All-Around Boy.”

At the age of 17, Ray enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was onboard the USS Dale at Pearl Harbor during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. Ray enjoyed attending several reunions of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Club.

Following his honorable naval discharge, Ray relocated to San Francisco and began a 35-year career with Eastman Kodak Company. There he met and married Meryl Stephanie Anderson.

When Kodak moved to Palo Alto, Ray and Meryl settled in Sunnyvale, where they raised their family.

In 1982, Ray and Meryl retired to Alta Sierra in Grass Valley, where they enjoyed a wonderful life filled with golf, fishing and new friends.

Meryl passed away in 1991 and Ray continued to live independently in Alta Sierra, surrounded by dear friends and neighbors.

Ray’s love of sports was life long, and he remained an avid supporter of the 49s and San Francisco Giants teams.

He also followed his three Napa granddaughters as they played T-ball through high school varsity softball.

Ray was in the stands as the girls traveled throughout the state with their summer tournament teams, and years later he could recall many of the players’ numbers and stand-out plays.

Ray is survived by his three daughters, Christine Gallagher, Susan Schwartz (Dave) and Lisa Townsley; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his brother Bill in Austin, Texas.

That “Best All-Around Boy” grew into a wonderful man — a husband, father and grandfather — who will remain in our hearts forever.

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