COL TedSan S. Timberlake Sr.
OCTOBER 18, 2013
Taps have sounded for a "Soldier's Soldier." Colonel TedSan Stuart Timberlake who died October 18, 2013. He was born in Koblentz, Germany, December 3, 1921 of American parents: General Edward W. Timberlake and Mary Ala Pierce Timberlake, stationed in occupied Germany following World War I. He followed a military career to many countries and into the hearts of hundreds of soldiers and ROTC cadets. His military bearing, smile, deep voice and compasion combined to fashion his unique leadership style. He loved his country, home and family with a techni-colored spirit. Laughter was interspersed with discipline to produce a warm and welcoming personality.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Lois P. "Polly" Timberlake, of whom he would often say, "She makes my day." His three surviving children are Sally Jackson Timberlake, Beau Jackson Timberlake and TedSan Stuart Timberlake Jr. There are five grandchildren: Beau, Elizabeth, Katelyn, Erin and Kelsey Timberlake. His step-children are the Reverend Doctor Valerie Bell and Reece Devon Hobby III. Grandchildren are: Nathaniel, Larkin, Jarrett and Kara.
Ted's brother, Pierce Timberlake and his half-brother, Kimbell Ouerbacker Jr. preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother Wrenne Timberlake and his half-sister, Alice "Lissa" Timberlake Lehman .
His military service was in the Army Infantry, serving in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He jumped with the forces on D Day. After his service in Europe during World War II, he was assigned as Provost Marshall on the island of Hokaido, Japan. Later, he would serve in the Korean conflict. Perhaps, his favorite assignment was five years in Rio de Janerio, Brazil where he organized a Brazilian Parachute Division. During that period he would direct military operations to various countries in South America. He was fluent in Portuguese and loved the Brazilian people.
Following his Brazilian posting, he was assigned to Kemper Military School and College as Senior ROTC instructor. When it became necessary for him to resign from the military due to the illness of his first wife, he remained at Kemper as Commandant of Cadets for several years. He became the Senior Army ROTC Director in Lee County, with offices at Cypress Lake High School, and developed a country wide program that became number one in the nation. His wife, Dr. Timberlake, joined him as a teacher and administrator in the Lee County School System. Upon his retirement, he continued to serve his community as a member of the Lee County School Board.
Among his numerous medals and citations, were the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Hearts, and both United States and Brazilian Master Parachutist Badges.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorials go to the Alvin Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, 12468 Brantley Commons Court, Fort Myers, FL 33907 or Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, 19251 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, Fl 33903. The family will receive friends on Monday, Oct. 21st, from 5 - 7 pm at Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. A funeral service celebrating the Colonels life will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, at 1 pm at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church in North Fort Myers. Colonel Timberlake will be buried with honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL the following day. Please visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com to leave a condolence to the family or share a memory.
Published in The News-Press from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22, 2013