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Timothy Dale Waisanen, 65, died in his sleep at Hemet Valley Medical Center on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 1:55 p.m. Tim had battled disability for over ten years, with Deep Vein Thrombosis and blood clots.
Timothy Dale Waisanen was born on August 24, 1951 to Wilho Uljius Waisanen and Lillian Marie Osborne Waisanen in Michigan. After graduating from high school and working with his father at the assembly line at Ford Motor Company, Tim moved to Costa Mesa, California to attend Southern California College (SCC), now Vanguard University of Southern California. In college, Tim was active in many aspects of student life, singing in the exclusive Vanguard Chorale and serving as student body president his junior and senior years. Tim met Vera Evelyn Linzey at SCC; they married in 1973, were married for 25 years, and had four children. Tim graduated from SCC with a B.A. in History/Political Science in 1975 and from California Western School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1978.
After working as the Director of Marketing for Robert Schuller Ministries; owning and operating his own business, American Tax Savings; and serving as pastor of Orange Christian Assembly, in 1988 Tim moved the family to Corona, California. As he got to know the community, he saw a need to help the homeless population and started a street-front church, Corona Christian Fellowship, which opened its doors to the homeless in the evenings. The church provided special meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas. He started a men's alcohol and drug rehabilitation home and saw many men turn their lives around to lead fulfilling, productive lives. In 1992, Tim ran for Corona City Council. Tim collaborated with other churches and organizations to help the homeless and saw the approval of a new homeless shelter in Corona, Circle of Hope. Tim also started a teen center known as the Rock House, which held concerts and provided local teens a safe place to socialize on the weekends. In his later years, though he was disabled, Tim served as chaplain at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital and was always available via telephone or Facebook to listen and pray for a friend in need.
Tim will be remembered as a man with a heart of compassion to help those in need, who devoted his life to help others. Tim was passionate about the arts, performing as leading man in many high school and college plays, and performing as a tenor in choirs and quartets. He enjoyed drama, literature, and music.
Tim was preceded in death by both parents. Tim is survived by his brothers, Don and Phil; by his four children: April, Carolyn, Katherine, and Eric; by his adopted children, Elijah and Jeremiah; and by his five grandchildren, with the sixth on the way.
Memorial Service: Sunday, May 21st at 3:00 p.m., at Solid Rock Restoration Church located at 10208 Keller Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503.
Please visit http://bit.ly/2q8MVIQ to share your memories and express condolences.
Contributions in memory of Tim may be made via YouCaring.com http://bit.ly/2q8NwdA or to Angels for Christ Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 429, Corona, CA 92878. All funds donated to Angels for Christ Ministries noting "Timothy Waisanen's Memorial" will go to deserving, disadvantaged children at Angels for Christ Ministries, less the expenses for his memorial.
Published in Press-Enterprise on May 21, 2017
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