Timmy Therkelsen

Timmy “Tim” J. Therkelsen (1938-2018)

Timmy “Tim” J. Therkelsen, 80, a resident of Racine, died unexpectedly Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Ascension All Saints Hospital. Tim was born on March 16, 1938 in Racine to the late Emil and Ethel (Burdick) Therkelsen. The family moved to Fond du Lac where they opened and operated an A&W Drive-In. He graduated high school from St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac. Tim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1960. He worked for the National Weather Service as a Weather Observer, primarily in Kaktovik, Alaska, from 1960 until his retirement in 1982. On April 6, 1991 he married Mary Moser at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fond du Lac. Mary passed away May 26, 2012. Never idle in retirement, Tim went on to work for other companies, was an avid reader, loved to play golf, fish, hunt, travel, and watch Green Bay Packers football.

Tim was also preceded in death by his step-nephew, Michael Almroth, his brother, Louis J. Therkelsen, and sister in law Vicki Therkelsen (Almroth).

Tim is survived by: His nephew, Marc L. (Tricia Gardner) Therkelsen of MI his step-niece, Shelly Almroth of CO, his step-nephew, James (Dena) Almroth of CO, a brother-in-law, Jerome Moser of CA, his sister-in-law, Sharon Bell of Manitowoc, WI, nephew, Steven Moser of NC, nieces, Lynette Moser of LA, and Janette (Joe) Moore of NC. He is also survived by many cousins, friends and he will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Mass for Tim will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, August 20, 2018 at St. Paul The Apostle Parish (6400 Spring Street). A visitation will take place on Monday at the church from 9:30 A.M. until the time of Mass. A burial of cremains will take place at a later date at Calvary Cemetery in Fond du Lac. In lieu of flowers, Memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church would be appreciated.


  1. I was Tim’s “maid” for the past few years. I will miss him very much. It only to a couple of hours to clean his condo but I think we spent at least that conversing each time I was there. He was a very special man. I loved his sense of humor! Jesus made a promise in the Bible book of John 5:28, 29 regarding a certain resurrection from the dead. That hope makes me happy. It will give me the chance to have more long conversations with him. Your family has my sympathies for the loss we share.

  2. Going to miss you Uncle Tim. I loved when you shared your memories of your travels and all the things you learned along the way. You were a great road-trip companion (my collogue in strawberry twizzlers). I’m so blessed that I got to spend time with you. I pray you are now at peace and finally have your bride again at your side.

  3. My first real boss that I can remember in my working career. Tim and I worked together at the Weather Office in Kaktovik from October 17, 1979 off and on until January 1, 1989. He helped train me for the job and never had an unkind word to say about anyone. One thing I remember fondly about him was that he fudged my certification test answers so that I passed. It was my third attempt, and I would have failed it again due to my poor reading, had it not been for Tim. I knew the job and the science, I just couldn’t plow through all of the technical jargon in the 6 inch thick stack of manuals. He had a confidence in me that I would do a good job but he never disclosed the truth about my test, nor did I disclose the fact that I knew he had changed a few answers. I had the pleasure of visiting him a couple of times in the 90s when I went to Racine to see my grandmother before she died. I remember his voice being distinctly Garrison Keillorish. “God Bless Tiny Tim” to quote one of my favorite record albums.
    Regards to his family,
    David Baker


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