A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the South Bay Grange,
3918 NE Sleater Kinney Road, Olympia, WA 98506. To honor Timothy, please don’t wear black!
Timothy Connell, 69, passed away suddenly on June 4, 2017 in Tumwater, Washington, his home the last 26 years. He was born September 29, 1947 to Alfred “Pee-Wee” Connell and Betty Jenkins in Olympia, Washington. Throughout his life, he also lived in Seattle, Edmonds, and Ocean Shores, Washington; Bozeman, Montana; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Tim graduated from Olympia High School in the Class of 1966, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1969, with two tours of duty in Vietnam where he received a National Defense Medal.
After the service, he attended the University of Washington and St. Martin’s College. While attending college in the ‘70s, he worked for the Olympia Brewing Company as a tour guide. In the late ‘70s, he began working for Asplundh Tree Experts where he retired after 35 years of employment.
Timothy married Sheena Veda on September 20, 1998 in Olympia.
He had an amazing sense of humor and loved to joke around with his family and friends. If you were talking with Timothy, you were either on your toes waiting for the next punchline or deep in a philosophical conversation. He never met a stranger.
Tim loved fishing and sharing his catch with family and friends. In addition to fishing, he enjoyed working in trees. He was an expert when it came to felling trees between houses and fences. To the casual observer, it was an amazing feat, to him it was like tying your shoes. He also enjoyed watching University of Washington football games on TV and attending Tumwater High School football games. When he wasn’t climbing trees, fishing or enjoying football, he spent time meditating and praying. He had been a member of Church Universal Triumphant since 1984.
Tim is survived by his wife, Sheena V. Connell; daughters, Gretchen (Lyle) Hauenstein, and Michelle (Brian) Rogers; stepdaughter, Tanya Mote; grandchildren, Savannah and Taylor Hauenstein; step grandchildren, Willow, Gabriel and Harvest; and brother, Douglas (Susan) Connell. His parents predeceased him.
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