Franklin "Tim" Timothy Rimpfel, 73, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away on September 21, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving wife and daughters. Tim was born on October 19, 1947, to Frank and Theresa Rimpfel (née Handfest). He grew up in Steelton, attended St. John's for primary school, and graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School. He then attended West Chester State University, and later received his Masters degree from Shippensburg University. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved sister, Victoria Ritter, and first dog, Moses. He is survived by his wife, Liz (née Limberger), his daughters Callie, of Avoca, and Katie, of Philadelphia, and canine companions Huck and Molly. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Ellen McLaughlin, of Mt. Lebanon, nieces Susan Schramm (née Metka), of Philadelphia, Meredith Driscoll (née McLaughlin), of Mt. Lebanon, and nephew Adam McLaughlin, of Columbus, Ohio, and their families. Tim spent 45 years coaching high school football at Trinity, Bishop McDevitt, Cumberland Valley, and Boiling Springs. Over that time, he served as an assistant to Bill Downs, Harry Chapman III, and Brad Zell. As a head coach, he valued the support and camaraderie of many incredible athletic directors, assistant coaches, and athletic trainers. More important to Tim than the awards and wins was the development of the players he coached. Tim enjoyed seeing his former players succeed after graduation, both on and off the field. Tim also proudly coached his daughters to exceedingly mediocre recreational basketball careers, and endlessly supported them in their more successful endeavors. He took great joy in spending time with his extended family - both by blood and football - sharing stories, quizzing his guests on trivia, and, of course, eating good food. Monday morning donuts after Friday night wins, authentic Hungarian sausage from Schmidt's, Mrs. Thomas' legendary cornbread, and Mrs. Stanford's apple cake were among his favorites. Due to COVID concerns and precautions, the family will hold a private funeral service. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Wiedeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, OBERLIN. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to West Chester University Foundation, in memory of Tim Rimpfel in support of a scholarship for first-generation students at WCU. Please make checks payable to WCU Foundation, Memo: In Memory of Tim Rimpfel, and mail to 202 Carter Drive, West Chester, PA 19382. Gifts can also be made through the Foundation's secure website at go.wcufoundation.org/donate/tribute
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Published by Patriot-News from Sep. 24 to Sep. 26, 2021.