Richard Lee Timmerman was born on October 28, 1937 in Lake City, Iowa to Louis and Camilla Timmerman. He graduated from Auburn High school in 1956, attended 1 year of college at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and then transferred to his beloved Iowa State University. He graduated in 1961 with a degree in Industrial Engineering, and then married his longtime love, Judy George on June 24th of the same year. He later received a master’s degree in Business, also from Iowa State.
Richard served as lieutenant in the US Army at Ft. Hood, Texas for 2 years. He then went on to the National Guard and was honorably discharged as Captain. After his service, the family moved back to Iowa. His successful career included jobs at various manufacturing companies, working in local and state government, and running his own business. He was named a President of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. When he lived in Jefferson, he was instrumental in creating the annual Jefferson Bell Tower Festival, and was both President and Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce. In 1982, he was awarded the town’s ABC award for service to the Jefferson Community, going above and beyond the call of duty. Richard was appointed by Governor Ray to the Environmental Quality Commission. Later, he proudly worked under Governor Branstad as the Director of Economic Development for the state of Iowa.
Richard had a deep love for his family, the Catholic Church, the state of Iowa, golf, baseball and politics. One of the thrills of his life was to see his Chicago Cubs win the World Series shortly before his passing. Richard loved talking with others and inquiring about their lives. He had a big heart and a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
Richard departed this life at the age of 79 years on November 23, 2016 of heart disease. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Judy George Timmerman; his 4 children, Terri McGuire (Ed), Tom Timmerman (Sheila), Susan Timmerman (Joe) and Doug Timmerman (Amy); 10 grandchildren, Amanda, Meghan, Kaylie, Kelsey, Tyler, Sydney, Emma, Maura, Taylor and Spencer; and 5 great-grandchildren Atticus, Georgia, Lyla, Pippa and Kennedy.
Memorials may be made to the National CMV Foundation, in honor of his great-granddaughter, https://www.nationalcmv.org/get-involved/donate.aspx