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Tim Rechkemmer, age 55, of Westport, MN, passed away unexpectedly on January 17, 2024, in Tuscaloosa, AL while on a work trip. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27th at Grace Pointe Church in Villard. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home in Glenwood and resume on Saturday morning at the church in Villard, one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Timothy George Rechkemmer, known affectionately as Tim to his friends and family, was born on May 31, 1968, in Oelwein, Iowa. He was the youngest of six children born to George H. and Betty J. (Galer) Rechkemmer. Tim's infectious laughter and spirited personality brought joy to all who knew him throughout his 55 years of life.
Tim's early years were spent in the close-knit community of Oelwein, where he attended local schools and graduated from Oelwein Community High School in 1986. His knack for mechanics led him to further his education at Des Moines Area Community College, where he earned an associate's degree in automotive mechanics. He realized in the years to come that he did not enjoy auto mechanics as a career choice and got into sales which was fitting with his love of meeting new people. He then did some over-the-road driving, then back to sales and most recently, Tim was known as a dedicated over-the-road truck driver for Bayer Built in Belgrade, Minnesota.
From 1996 to 2000 Tim experienced his proudest moments, becoming a father, first to Bailey James, then Nash Kenneth and then last but not least Faith Lyn. His love for his children was unbreakable.
In 2007, Tim's life was forever changed when he met the love of his life, Sheri Justice. Ten years later, on July 1, 2017, their love story culminated in a joyful and simple wedding ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada and then celebrated with family and friends at their home three weeks later. Tim and Sheri made a beautiful home together in Westport, Minnesota, where they have shared many cherished moments with each other and with family and friends and he even served a term as mayor of Westport.
Tim was a man of many interests, including woodworking, cooking, and grilling. He also loved to golf and garden, and he could often be found people watching, a pastime that always seemed to bring various expressions to his face. Above all, Tim was known for making people laugh. His sense of humor was as much a part of him as his friendly demeanor and his genuine interest in people, and he had a unique talent for entertaining those around him.
Those who knew Tim will remember him as a man who lived life to the fullest, with a smile on his face and a joke at the ready.
He leaves behind a loving family, including his devoted wife, Sheri Rechkemmer of Westport, and his children: Bailey Rechkemmer and his wife Emily, Nash Rechkemmer, and Faith Rechkemmer and her fiancé Zach. Tim's memory will also be cherished by his sisters, Chris Robertson and her husband, Dennis, Beth Aponte, Lisa Rechkemmer and her husband, Frank Maxwell, and Lyn Knoke and her husband, Bruce; mother-in-law, Jean Justice; father-in-law, Gary Justice; brother-in-law, Mark Justice and his wife, Joleen; and brother-in-law, Robb Justice and his wife, Krista; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents, George and Betty Rechkemmer; his brother, Jimmy; and step father-in-law, Richard Kiehm.
As we bid farewell to Tim, we celebrate a life well-lived and a man well-loved. His laughter, warmth, and generous spirit will be deeply missed, but the memories he created will continue to bring smiles to the faces of those he touched. Tim's story is one of love, laughter, and the enduring power of a life joyfully shared with others. May he rest in peace, and may his legacy of kindness and humor endure forever.