Robert Dale Timm
October 2, 1921 - January 6, 2016

Robert Dale  Timm

Robert Dale Timm
Oct 2, 1921 - Jan 6, 2016

Robert Dale  Timm
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O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain...
Robert Timm - aka BT, Bobba, Dusty - our dad, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend took off on his next great adventure on January 6, 2016 at age 94.

Born on the farm in Harrington in 1921, Bob was the second of three sons of Otto and Florence Thornbrue Timm. As a boy, he and older brother Gordon helped with farm chores and loved the wheat land of Lincoln County. This was always Bob's happy place. He attended Harrington schools and graduated from high school in 1939.

Bob headed west to the University of Washington, and joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, where he was known as 'Dusty' and met guys who would become his lifelong dear friends. After graduating with a degree in economics in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, but a medical discharge sent him home early. At the UW, Bob met the love of his life, Patricia Davies (Petie), and they married in 1944. They lived in Seattle for a few years, and one of his favorite jobs was with Northwest Orient Airlines.

Returning to Harrington, Bob joined Otto Timm & Sons to farm. After their dad's death, Bob and younger brother Duane continued to grow the wheat farming operation, adding acreage and forming a successful farm corporation.

BT was fascinated by politics, and started by serving on the Harrington School Board. He went on to win four terms (1951-1957) in the Washington State House of Representatives, serving Lincoln, Adams and Ferry Counties. When a back injury shortened his active farming career, Bob worked on the successful campaign of Governor Daniel Evans in 1964. Bob served as the state's Republican National Committeeman from 1958 to 1973, and was proud of his work in securing the keynote address for Governor Evans at the 1968 convention.

Bob next adventure was to Olympia, when he was appointed Chairman of the Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission, a position he held from 1965 to 1970. In 1971, BT headed to Washington, D.C. Because of his work in the transportation industry, he was appointed by the White House to the Civil Aeronautics Board, and served as Chairman of the agency.

Retiring in 1976, Bob and Pat returned to eastern Washington, and remodeled their Loon Lake cabin into a year-round home. Vowing never to shovel snow again, they became snow birds and spent winters at their condo in Maui.

BT served on the boards of several corporations, and enjoyed keeping active in business issues. Bob was a longtime member of the Lions Club, the American Legion, the Washington Athletic Club, and the UW Alumni Association. He was honored as a Husky Legend by the UW in 1990. BT had a fondness for golf, and was a member of the Harrington Golf and Country Club, the Spokane Country Club, and the Olympia Golf & Country Club.

He had the best time with his family, and loved when his granddaughters and great-grandsons visited. Bobba was in fine form on Christmas day and had a wonderful holiday with everyone. Bob is survived by daughters Luanne (Jim) Caylor, Issaquah, and Terry (Jerry) Moos, Seattle; granddaughters Carrie (Joe) Holmes, Bellevue, and Kelli (Bryan) Welsh, Purcellville, VA; great-grandsons Jack and Ben Holmes, and Sam and Matthew Welsh. He is also survived by his beloved little brother Duane (Dona), Spokane Valley, WA, many nieces, nephew and cousins, and his 'bonus' kids, Merry-K. and Bill Moos. He was preceded in death by his wife, Petie, two infant daughters, and his brother Gordon.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Overlake Terrace and Overlake Hospital for their kindness and care of Bob. A celebration of life is planned for later in the year. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Harrington Cemetery Fund or Harrington Library, PO Box 492, Harrington, WA 99134, or the charity of your choice.


Jeff Wagner on Feb 5, 2016

When you met and spoke to Bob Timm he made you feel like you were the only one that mattered. He always asked about your family and was extremely good at making you feel important. And he tried to get Rudy into politics!! So Rudy became mayor of Harrington. He was one of our favorite friends and honest as well! We loved Bob Timm and everyone loved Bob Timm. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Rudy and Bette Wagner and Family

Tom and Cherie Manke on Jan 31, 2016

Terry and Luanne, I call my mom every Sunday night, and she told me that your dad had passed away. Cherie and I were so sad to hear that. We definitely send our condolence. We both really loved your dad. I, especially enjoyed seeing him at the Annual Fall Festival. He was always so glad (as I was) to sit down and share/talk about family and friends, and events/memories of the past. Your dad had a great memory for people!!! When we read the obituary (some of which I had recollection of) we were amazed at/of ALL the great things that your dad contributed to Harrington, Lincoln County, the state of Washington, and to the United States. Cherie and I can't say enough about your dad, and what he has meant not only to us, but to many others. I realize that we didn't see your dad on a regular basis, but his name would come up more than once throughout the many years that we knew him. My mom will be 94 in March, so possibly they graduated the same year or a year apart. You can be proud of your dad for many reasons. What a fine gentleman!!! He will definitely be missed. He left quite a legacy for you and Luanne. Cherie and I are priviledged and honored to have known your dad.

May God Bless you and your families!!!!

Tom and Cherie Manke

bob nelson on Jan 25, 2016

RIP Dusty, Eldon, and Charles R. together now Fraternal Eternal and who always thought of others before themselves. So accomplished, yet so humbled, a True Gentlemen! Bob Nelson

Terry Timm Moos on Jan 20, 2016


Jerry Moos on Jan 19, 2016

Today is Tuesday. As on many Tuesdays my bride, Terry Timm goes to her art class. A few years back Bob Timm would stay with us for a while before heading to Maui. So Tuesdays were "boys night out"; when Terry headed to art class, Bob and I headed to the local watering hole for a few drinks and some small plates. We solved some world problems and shared a lot of laughs. We typically visited the same lounge so Bob was well known and well loved. It was classic - BT holding high court on Tuesday evening. Bob was a scotch drinker; me too. In-between the scotch and water were stories full of wit and wisdom. I have fond memories of sharing a drink with my father-in-law - sharing his time, his insights and his humor. I miss those times. Today is Tuesday, I think I'll have a scotch.

Terry Timm Moos on Jan 19, 2016


Cascade Memorial on Jan 18, 2016



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