Timothy R. Detweiler


Timothy R. Detweiler, 71, of Washington, Iowa, died June 17, 2023, at home, ending his cancer journey.

He was born in Burton, Ohio, to Rudy and Mahala (Mullet) Detweiler. He enjoyed growing up with his seven siblings in Ohio and Mississippi. He was a graduate of Hesston College, Eastern Mennonite University and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, where he formed lifelong friendships and embarked on worldwide travels.

He married Carol (Bachman) on July 1, 1977. They treasured life together for nearly 46 years, setting a beautiful example of love and service for their children.

Tim found deep meaning in his work as a pastor in Colorado, Iowa and Montana. He also felt privileged to journey alongside the congregations of Central Plains Mennonite Conference, seeking to follow Jesus’s example of love and peace in his ministry.

Tim had a gentle spirit, was a caring listener and appreciated the retelling of a good story with his hearty laugh. He delighted in maintaining connections with friends, relatives and church family throughout the years. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking projects and sharing in laughter and play with his adoring grandchildren. He also held a private pilot license and loved flying.

His memory will be carried on by his wife, Carol; and their children, Nathan (Karla Stoltzfus) of Tiskilwa, Ill., Erika (Nick Stoddard) of Washington, Iowa, and Caleb (Heidi Gingerich) of Parnell, Iowa; eight grandchildren; and siblings Barb (Cleo) Miller of Nampa, Idaho, Mary (George) Dunn of Pandora, Ohio, Sadie (Don) Buckwalter of Archbold, Ohio, Martha (Leland) Earnest of Caldwell, Idaho, Lois (Everett) Earnest of Nampa, Idaho, Tom (Cheri) Detweiler of Middlefield, Ohio, and Rudy (Tonia) Detweiler of Delano, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother, Anna Detweiler.

The funeral service was at East Union Mennonite Church, Kalona, Iowa.

Memorial donations may be made to Central Plains Mennonite Conference, Crooked Creek Christian Camp or White River Cheyenne Mennonite Church, Busby, Mont.

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