MECHANICSVILLE, VA – Richard (Dick) Thomas Timmerman died peacefully in his sleep after a brief illness on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA. He was born August 29, 1927, in Massena, NY. He called many places home during his life: Saranac Lake, NY; Caldwell, Whitehouse, Jutland, and Tewksbury, NJ; Sherburne and Mendon, VT; Hendersonville, NC; and Mechanicsville, VA. He achieved the rank of Eagle Boy Scout and was active in many civic and church activities in the communities in which he resided.
In 1945, he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, and served on the USS Arkansas in the Pacific. In the spring of 2014, he was thrilled to be recognized by the Honor Flight Network and enjoyed a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII Memorial with several family members and other veterans.
From 1960 to 1992, he was president and owner of W.E. Timmerman Co. Inc. in Whitehouse, representing Elgin Street Sweepers along with other municipal equipment.
While living in Hunterdon County, he served on the school boards of Readington Township, Union Township and North Hunterdon Regional High School.
He was a member of the American Legion for over 60 years including the post in Rutland, Vt. During his 50-year tenure with the Lions Club International organization he was a past president and member of the Rutland Lions Club. Dick also belonged to the Grand Lodge of Vermont Free Masons in Rutland, and was a member of the Hendersonville Shriners Club and enjoyed serving as a clown. While in Vermont, he is was a member of Sherburne United Church of Christ in Killington. He also served as a lister for the town of Mendon.
Dick was always active and enjoyed being outdoors golfing, skiing and boating. And he continued to participate in many activities and outings through Covenant Woods including a trip kayaking last summer. He was a die-hard New York Mets fan and really thought he was looking at a repeat of the ’69 Mets last fall. He loved his family and enjoyed keeping busy. Many will miss him, his cute grin and the twinkle in his eye along with his wonderful sense of humor.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents Wayne Edward and Clare (May) Timmerman; and his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara Joan (Thurnall) Timmerman. He leaves behind a sister, Catherine Timmerman Rosswaag of Milford, NJ; and his loving companion, Dale Killinger of Flat Rock, NC; his sister-in-law, Audrey Andersen, and her husband, Darrell, of Chapel Hill, NC; three nieces, Susan Henderson, Jane Andersen and Victoria Crawford; and a nephew, James Preston. He is survived by four children: Deborah and John Barends, Woodglen, NJ; Melinda and Kevin Smyth, Mechanicsville, VA; Leslie and James Mulligan, South Lake Tahoe, CA, and Rick and Maria Timmerman, Arlington, Vermont. He also leaves eight grandchildren: Lauren Barends and Katie Barends, Caitlin (Smyth) Dodds, Erin Smyth and Rory Smyth; Emery Mulligan; and Emily Timmerman, and Bennett Timmerman.
A memorial service was held in The Lodge at Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA, on January 20, 2016. Internment will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the organization of your choice in his memory: Hanover Concert Band, PO Box 672, Ashland, VA 23005; American Legion Mechanicsville Post 175 (or a post of your choice), 8700 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116; The American Cancer Society