Timothy Thomas Devine
HOLMEN -- Timothy Thomas Devine, 62, of Holmen passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. He was born Aug. 1, 1958, to Richard and Patricia Devine in La Crosse.
Tim will be remembered most for his sense of humor and caring nature. He was a true outdoors-man. Hunting, fishing (he never gave up his secret cat-fishing hole), and trapping, were some of his favorite pastimes. His love of horses began at a young age as a stable hand. At the age of 17, he took a trip to the Trempealeau Fair, where he met the love of his life, Leah. They were married March 24, 1979.
He dedicated his life to serving the community. He enlisted in the Army in 1978. In his three years of service, he traveled from Germany to Puerto Rico, where he was stationed as a MP. For 18 months, Leah and Tim called Fort Buchanan home. After being honorably discharged, he began his career as a police officer. Tim spent 33 years dedicated to his profession. His most distinguished award came when he received the Medal of Honor in 2008. Officer 114 will be remembered by anyone who worked with him.
Tim spent many years actively involved in the Coulee Region Riders Club. His voice was heard many nights over the loud speakers, announcing the monthly gymkhanas. Later, he traveled around the state to lend his voice for the Wisconsin High School Rodeo. Horses were a staple in his life, whether he was breaking them, riding in parades, or leading the kids around the yard.
Tim was proud to be a father to Clare and Dominick. He taught them that tap root beer was the best after a hot day of trimming horses, if you get bucked off always get right back on, and "don't take no wooden nickles." His greatest accomplishment was becoming a grandpa. He loved to cheer from the stands at every go kart race, softball, and basketball game he could make it to. Catching bugs in the front yard will never be the same.
Tim had the chance of a life time, to go on a Freedom Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., with his dad in 2016. The memories made there were priceless.
In his later years, Tim found a new passion for Search and Rescue, with his sidekick bloodhound, Peach. They ran trails all over Wisconsin, assisted the Police Departments when needed, and demonstrated her skills at local colleges. He enjoyed morning coffee with the boys at Mike's and afternoon beer with the guys at Sam's Bar. His trips to Colorado, where he could live the cowboy life, were his favorite memories to reminisce about.
Tim is survived by his loving wife, Leah; his children, Clare (Lee) and Dominick (Andrea); grandchildren, Logan, Kiera, Stella, Athena, and Dean; his siblings, David (Letitia), Bryan (Christine), Michael (Sandra), Anthony (Carolynn), Christine (Matt), and Connie. Tim will also be remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Patricia; his brother, Patrick; and his grandparents.
Tim's family would like to thank the caring staff at Hillview Nursing Home, where he was treated with the utmost respect until the very end.
There will be a visitation for the public from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, followed by a private family service. Masks will be mandatory.