OLEAN - Timothy R. "Tim" Bushnell, of Goodrich Ave., passed away Friday (Feb. 7, 2014), at his home surrounded by his wife and loving family following a courageous battle with brain cancer.
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Tim was born Oct. 5, 1968, in Olean, and was of Robert and Sally Smith Bushnell. On Dec. 12, 1992, at the First Baptist Church, he married his high school sweetheart, Laurie A. Ketchner, who survives.
Tim graduated from Olean High School in 1986. He attended Fredonia from 1986-1990. In 1990, Tim attended the Simon Institute of Funeral Service He did his internship at Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home in Bradford, Pa., and stayed with them from until 1997. Tim changed careers and went to work for Olean Wholesale, as a Senior Accountant. In about 2003, Tim returned to school first at the University of Pittsburg at Bradford, and then finished his Master's Degree in education at St. Bonaventure University. He began teaching at the Southern Tier Catholic Schools in Olean, then at Cuba-Rushford School as a third grade teacher and then at Olean Middle School as a sixth grade teacher. He stopped teaching in March of 2012, due to his illness. Tim was a member of the Believer's Chapel in Allegany. He enjoyed traveling and going to all the area sporting events. But Tim's true passion was teaching.
Tim will be remembered as "Always putting others before himself. He will forever be remembered as an amazing husband, father, son, brother and friend. He loved the Lord and trusted in His plan for his life. Tim affectionately become known to have a 'Heart of a Lion' as he lived by the truth in Proverbs 30:30. He retreated before nothing and fought the most courageous battle of cancer. Tim did not lose this battle instead he joined his Heavenly Father where he is driving his truck, camping, golfing, snorkeling and hiking for eternity."
Surviving besides his loving wife of 21 years and his parents are three daughters, Lindsay N., Brooke E., and Alyssa R. Bushnell; a brother, Mike L. (Mandy) Bushnell of Hinsdale, a sister, Heather L. Cooney of Melbourne, Fla.; his in-laws, Robert J. and Maunie E. Ketchner of Olean; two brothers-in-laws, Robert J. (Paula) Ketchner and Chad F. Ketchner, both of Olean; a niece and four nephews.
Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 9, 2014), at the Believer's Chapel, 2522 W. Five Mile Road, Allegany, where funeral services will be held at noon Monday (Feb. 10, 2014). The Rev. Sean D. Obergfell, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at the St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Olean Teacher's and Postal Credit Union, 1700 Constitution Ave., Olean, New York 14760, for a teaching scholarship in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc. 646 E. State St. Olean. Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.
Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc
646 E State St
Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Feb. 9, 2014