Donald Timm

October 24, 1926 ~ June 19, 2022 (age 95)


Donald William Timm of Plainview, Minnesota, died on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Whitewater Care Center in St. Charles, MN, where he had been receiving hospice care for several weeks.

Donald was born on October 24, 1926, to Rudolph and Julia (Kiese) Timm on the family farm near Plainview, MN.  He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview where he was baptized November 21, 1926 and confirmed on April 2, 1939.  As an adult he was an usher, sang in the choir, attended Bible studies, and served as an elder.

Donald started his education at the country school down the road from the farm before transferring to Immanuel Lutheran School in Plainview; he stayed at his Grandma Timm’s house in town during the school week.   He graduated from Plainview High School in 1944 and continued farming with his father.

He was introduced to Devota Hanson from Grand Meadow in 1954; they were married at Bear Creek Lutheran Church in 1956.  Donald and Devota had two children, Heidi and Roger. Devota died of breast cancer in 1972.

In 1981 Donald married Mary Emmons, an English teacher at Plainview High School.  They lived together on the farm for only two years before they moved into a home in Plainview that became their cozy cottage. Donald entered the work force at age 57 and worked into his 70s.  Once off the farm, his love of model airplanes was rekindled, and he was known and liked among other builders.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; brother Elmer (Verona) Timm and sister Elaine (Frank) Folkert.  

He is survived by his wife Mary of Plainview, daughter Heidi Timm-Bijold of Duluth, and son Roger Timm of La Crescent; grandchildren Carly Timm-Bijold of Portland, OR; Jesse Timm of Durango, CO; and Liza Timm (Caleb Donaldson) of Portland, OR.

Funeral service will be Friday, June 24, 2022, 2:00 Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview with Pastor Phil Augustine officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Plainview. Visitation is Friday, one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no lunch or fellowship following the service.

Due to Covid concerns, masks will be required at the church service.

Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview is assisting with the arrangements.


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