James E. Townsend

Oct. 19, 1957 – Sept. 9, 2020

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of beloved husband, father and friend James Townsend. James passed away suddenly of a heart attack at age 62 early on the morning of Sept. 9. A service to celebrate his life will be held at Summit Wesleyan Church in Buffalo Wyoming at 2 p.m. Friday Sept. 18. Donations in James’ memory may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of the Bighorns in care of Harness Funeral Home located at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at:

 James Edward Townsend was born the eighth of nine siblings in Flint, Michigan Oct. 19, 1957 to Wayne and Mary Townsend. The Family relocated in 1960 to San Diego where he spent his childhood playing sports, hunting, fishing, and surfing. James graduated from La Jolla High School in 1977 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force which landed him at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne Wyoming where he served as a fire fighter. He was honorably discharged and began service with the Cheyenne fire department in 1981, ending his service as an engineer in 2010. It was in Cheyenne where he put down roots and married Cynthia Huebsch in 1982. They had two sons, Sam and Carl, who spent their formative years primarily in Cheyenne. James retired from firefighting and relocated to Buffalo where he continued his love of serving others through various avenues most notably as a beloved school bus driver. James also became involved with the Boys & Girls Club of the Bighorns driving the activities bus for countless outdoor adventures and fishing trips. James’s kindness and generosity was experienced by all who knew him and his absence will be deeply felt. James is survived by his sons, Sam and Carl with daughter in law Kayla, wife, five brothers and three sisters and numerous nieces and nephews all with children of their own.