Funeral planned for Chuck Townsend in Newcastle

Jan 2, 2012

Funeral services are planned Monday in Newcastle for former state Sen. Charles "Chuck" Townsend. He died last week after a lengthy struggle with cancer. He was 68.

Townsend, of Osage, represented Senate District No. 1 in eastern Wyoming from 2004 to 2010.

Townsend served on several legislative committees including the Appropriations Committee. Citing health reasons, he did not seek office in 2010.

Before entering the Senate, Townsend was head of his family's ranching and oil production management business. He also served on the Newcastle school board and was vice chairman of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming.