James Conrad Townes, 89, of Indian Head, died on December 25, 2021.
He was predeceased by his son, James ‘Jimmy’ Townes Jr.; parents, Stanmore and Olyne Townes; brothers, Philip Sr., and Franklin Townes; sister-in-law, Anne Townes.
He is survived by his children Gregory Townes (Vickie), Catherine Karhumaa (Michael), Karen McCabe (Kevin), Mary Townes; grandchildren Kyle Karhumaa, Daniel McCabe, Cory Karhumaa, Shaun McCabe, Joseph McCabe, and Alison Townes; brother/sister-in-laws: Dabney ‘Jeep' Townes (Shirley), Rosemarie Townes; nieces/nephews: Denise Giacobba, Monica Snowden, Mark Townes, David Townes, Philip Townes Jr., Susan Cox, and Brenda Townes; and many wonderful great nieces and nephews.
Conrad retired July 1991, after 39 years of civil service from the Department of Defense/Army, and spent 26 of those years with the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) as a Traffic Manager. His most memorable civil service was with MTMC and was proud to have been a part of the Command. In his earlier years, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a Medical Paramedic, serving in Valdosta, GA; Alaska, Japan, and Clark AFB, Philippines. He also served in the U.S. Naval Reserves.
He was a devoted father and grandfather and loved the Townes Family reunions. The time spent with his children, grandchildren, family, and friends was very precious. Conrad traveled to many places, especially to Europe and had a great love for sailing, gardening, woodworking, and beekeeping. He was an avid reader of Aviation and Military History. For over 20 years he was a Marshall Volunteer at the Masters and the Ladies Professional Golf Assoc. He loved the game of soccer and was the founder of the Fort Washington, MD, Soccer Commission in 1971. He played a key role in bringing together coaches and teams. He had a wonderful passion of doing DIY projects. Most of all, he loved life, and lived it to the fullest.
Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday, January 6, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 PM with prayers at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, January 7, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Piscataway, 13401 Piscataway Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735.
We are aware of impending inclement weather reports. The Funeral Mass will continue as planned. If you are unable to attend the Mass; you may be able to attend the repast at the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department at 12 noon.