Kenneth Timmerman

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:47 pm

Kenneth Timmerman, 86, of Decorah, died Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Barthell O.E.S Home in Decorah. Services were at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, at Decorah Lutheran Church, with Rev. Dave Sorenson and Rev. Brenda Crossfield officiating. Organist was Kathy Murray. Special music was provided by the Luren Singers (“Beautiful,” “We Shall Walk Through The Valley” and “Psalm 24” – recording of Luren Singers with Ken Timmerman, soloist). Hymns were “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Children of the Heavenly Father” and “Lift High The Cross.” Honorary casket bearers were Kenneth’s grandchildren. Interment was at Pleasant View Cemetery, Castalia. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.

Kenneth Vaughn Timmerman was born July 3, 1930, the son of Arno and Delyla (Bollman) Timmerman in Castalia. Ken attended grade school in Castalia and High School in Postville, graduating in 1948. Ken married Mary J. Schlee Dec. 31, 1950, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. Together they had four children: Dawn, Kevin, Joel and Craig. Ken was a farmer all of his life until he retired in 1995, when he and Mary moved to Decorah. As a farmer, his greatest joy was driving down the corn rows in the fall and watching the hopper fill up with shelled corn. He served on the church council at St. Paul Lutheran, including as council president. He served on the Big-Four fair board and was on the Postville School Board for 15 years. Ken was elected to the Postville Pirate Hall of Fame in 2007 after being the “voice” of the Postville Pirates football team for 32 years, announcing all home football games. After retiring to Decorah, he worked with “Mitch” doing small repair or construction jobs that no one else wanted to do. Kenneth was a member of the Luren Singers for 35 years and he loved to sing. He was a soloist for many weddings, funerals and Luren performances. Ken was a great gardener and was known for his “trademark” rows of Canna Lilies that he planted every year.

Kenneth is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Timmerman; four children: Dawn (Rob) Mena, Houston, Texas; Kevin (Melanie) Timmerman, La Crosse, Wis.; Joel (Deborah) Timmerman, Decorah and Craig (Tina) Timmerman, Austin, Texas; six grandchildren: Palmer and Stefan Mena, Houston, Texas; Anna (Braham Ketcham) Timmerman, Oak Park, Ill.; Kerri (Aidan) Timmerman-Edwards, Atlanta, Ga.; Maura Timmerman, Berkeley, Calif. and Kelly Timmerman, La Crosse, Wis.; two great-grandchildren, Cora and Elliot Ketcham; brother-in-law, Dick (Norma) Schlee, Postville; sisters-in-law:Betty Timmerman, Marie (Bill) Schlee and Eunice (Jim) Schlee; along with several nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Arno and Delyla (Bollman) Timmerman; two brothers, Cloy Timmerman and Wayne Timmerman; nephew, Scott Timmerman; father and mother-in-law, Ed (Mary) Schlee.

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