John "Tim" Merica passed away peacefully on Aug. 4, 2011, while holding his daughter's hand.
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Tim was born Aug. 22, 1936, in Winona, Kan. He moved to Ennis after high school and received a bachelor's degree in commerce from Montana State University. After college, Tim managed the Sun Ranch south of Ennis for more than 30 years. He moved to Bozeman in 1985 and lived in the area until his death.
Throughout Tim's life he pursued a variety of avocations. After retiring from ranching, he started a road construction business. He was a prolific artist, and his creative endeavors ranged from profound poetry to large-scale recycled metal sculptures to abstract projected light photography to large rock landscaping. His other curious pursuits included alternative medicine, metaphysics, thoroughbred racing and geology. Tim was especially fond of dogs, old codgers, little kids and breakfast at the Stockyard Cafe.
Tim was a very loving father and supportive friend. His unwavering positive attitude, wisdom, determination and joy of life will be forever inspiring.
Tim is survived by his daughter, Molly Merica; son, Tyler Merica, his wife Carol and their daughters, Madison and Haiden Merica. Tim is also survived by his sister, Jeanne Miller; stepbrothers, Dana Aaberg and Jan Aaberg; and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins; Sheryl Mooney and Sherry Pepper.
Tim was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Merica; his mother, Fannie Aaberg; and his stepfather, Chuck Aaberg.
In addition to Tim's family, there are many old and new friends too numerous to include, but he cherished you all and your importance in his life was immeasurable.
A special thanks to Hospice of Southwest Montana for their excellent care, service and support of Tim and his family.
The family will be holding a potluck celebration to honor the life of Tim Merica on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lions Club Park in Ennis.
Donations in Tim Merica's name may be made to Hospice of Southwest Montana: online at www.bozemandeaconess.org/hospice, or mail to Hospice, c/o Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd. Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 9, 2011