Harvey Duane TIMM (1929 - 2018)

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Harvey Duane
(Age 88)

September 27, 1929 - February 07,2018

"You'll remember me when the west wind moves upon the fields of barley... ...when we walked in the fields of gold"

Duane Timm, our husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle and friend left this earth for new horizons on February 07, 2018, at age 88.
After his arrival in 1929, his parents Otto and Florence Timm let his big brothers, Gordon and Bob, name him after a cousin they idolized - that's how he became Harvey Duane. Growing up in Harrington, he had lots of adventures (and misadventures) with his many Timm cousins and school mates. Duane helped his dad with farm chores and learned early-on the fine art of wheat farming that would define his career.
He attended Harrington schools and graduated from high school in 1947, and then attended Eastern Washington College in Cheney for a year. After which he joined the Air National Guard of the State of Washington and was soon after called into service in the U.S. Air Force. On April 07, 1951, Duane married Dona Marie Hose, high school sweetheart and the love of his life. Soon after the wedding, the two headed out on a new journey to San Antonio, Texas, where Duane was stationed. He learned how to weld, a skill that he would use throughout his farming career. He served two years and achieved the rank of Airman Third class, AF Res.
Following his military service, Duane came back to Harrington to join Otto Timm & Sons to farm. When Otto died in 1963, Duane and his brother Bob continued to grow their farming operation, adding acreage, and eventually creating farm corporations. Duane was always on the hunt for ways to improve farming, and he encouraged young people to come work in harvest, including two college students from Denmark in the early '60s. Harvest helped many students pay for college. People in Lincoln County may remember his farm vehicles painted a particular "baby blue" color that he loved, it became known as "Timmco Blue" to the family.
Duane was an active member of the Harrington community, working with his friends to rejuvenate the town. Early on he played, coached and refereed many town team sports. Duane was an active longtime member of the Lions Club. Like his dad, Duane placed a high value on education, and served on the Harrington School Board for many years to ensure that local students would get a quality education.
Duane had a great sense of humor, a mischievous streak, and a fondness for boating. He and Dona enjoyed many years of fun at their summer house near Porcupine Bay on the Spokane River with family and friends. They also enjoyed many trips to various destinations with close friends. He enjoyed convertible cars in his younger years and driving his pickup around the countryside during his farming days. He loved his mom's fried chicken, which Dona mastered; and even in his last months, his affinity for chocolate was intact.
Shortly into their transition out of farming, Duane suffered a severe stroke, but his hard work at St. Luke's rehab made it possible for him to get back to tinkering on the farm. He worked to maintain his level of fitness, while also treating an aortic aneurysm. When a fall at home broke his hip, back into rehab Duane went. Again, his determination and grit enabled him to recover to a "pre-fall" level. Duane, Dona and their dear dog O'Dang then moved into the Evergreen Fountains retirement community in Spokane Valley. It was only the second time in their marriage that they'd been away from Harrington, but they both enjoyed their new place, being with old friends at Evergreen - and meeting new ones. Duane enjoyed the exercise classes available at the facility.
A generous and good man, he loved his family dearly, and always enjoyed visits from his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces. Duane is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Dona, Spokane Valley; son Jay (Susie), Oak Harbor; daughters Tracy (Mike) Rush, Pasco, and Shan (Kevin) Hayes, Harrington; and son-in-law Art Hatten, Harrington; ten grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by beloved daughter Holly and baby son Barry, his two brothers and, of course, his parents.
The family would like to thank the staff at N.W. Health and Wellness and for their kindness and care of Duane. Memorial gifts may be sent to: The Harrington Cemetery Fund, PO Box 492, Harrington, WA 99134, or to the .
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Fourth Floor Chapel at Evergreen Fountains, 1201 N. Evergreen Rd., Spokane Valley.

Published in Spokesman-Review on Feb. 11, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Neptune Society - Spokane
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