Dr. Robert G. Timmons, 83, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2021 at his home surrounded by his children.
Bob was born May 1, 1938, in Erie, PA to the home of James and Beatrice (Kelly) Timmons. Bob's plan was to go to seminary, post high school, and become a priest but soon found his calling to become a doctor. Bob attended Gannon University in Erie where he graduated cum laude with a degree in pre-medicine in 1960. In 1966, Bob graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA and started an internship at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie.
While attending medical school, Bob married the love of his life, Barbara Wengert, on June 30, 1962 in Erie, PA. They were married for 56 years when Barbara passed away in December of 2018. They were parents to eight children, Christopher David, Patrick Sean, Ann Marie, Louis Martin, Daniel Patrick, Victor Chan, Bobby Stone, and John Michael.
In July of 1967, Bob joined the United States Air Force where he served as a general practitioner during the Vietnam War. He was stationed at Kanta Mura Air Force Base in Japan. Upon discharge in 1970, he returned to Erie and began a residency in internal medicine at Bay View Internists/Hamot Medical Center. Bob continued to practice medicine in Erie until he relocated his family to Portales, NM in 1982.
Dr. Timmons spent the next 35 years practicing medicine as a board-certified internist and specialized in infectious diseases in Portales and Clovis. Throughout his career he served as medical directors of Roosevelt General Hospital, Heartland Continuing Care, and Plains Regional Medical Center. He was an instructor at Eastern New Mexico University and University Medical Center, served on a variety of committees and boards, and mentored numerous medical students. He was very proud to have served the Portales community as Chief Executive Officer and Administrator of Roosevelt General Hospital in the early 90's.
He was a master thinker and a problem solver and was most dedicated to the well-being of his patients. He was an educator, mentor, roll model, leader, advisor and patient advocate. He never made a medical or business decision without asking, "what is the best thing for the patient."
When Bob wasn't being a physician, he was an amazing son, husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. He was very passionate about sports and loved to read. His favorite team of all time was Notre Dame. In his younger years he played basketball and was an avid tennis player. He genuinely cared for people and their well-being and spent countless hours praying.
Although he loved many things, he was most dedicated to his Catholic faith. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Clovis, NM and Santa Maria De La Paz Catholic Church, Santa Fe, NM.
Bob is survived by his sons, Patrick Timmons (Heidi), Daniel Timmons, Victor Timmons, John Timmons, and Bobby Timmons (Christy), one daughter, Ann Sharp (John), and three sisters, Sr. Marie Timmons and Peggy McCreary of Erie, PA and Kathleen Schwartz (Jim) of St. Augustine, Fl. and grandchildren, Chris, Charlie, Carrie, Eddie, Ashley, James, Jamari, and Jaquan.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Timmons, parents, James and Beatrice Timmons, an infant son, Louis Martin Timmons, and teenage son, Christopher David Timmons, and a sister, Betty Stoner.
Dr. Timmons will be available for viewing, Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and the family will receive guests from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Muffley Funeral Home. A Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, October 20, 2021, beginning at 2:00 pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest with his wife at Lawn Haven Memorial Garden immediately following the mass. Father Michael Niemczak will officiate.
Muffley Funeral Home – 1420 N. Thorton St, Clovis, NM 88101
Sacred Heart Catholic Church – 921 N. Merriweather St, Clovis, NM 88101
Lawn Haven Memorial Garden – 1601 E. Llano Estacado Blvd, Clovis, NM 88101
Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home, (575)762-4435. www.muffleyfuneralhome.com
Published by Eastern New Mexico News from Oct. 14 to Oct. 17, 2021.