OBITUARY

Tawfik "Tim" Mohammad Khatib

December 27, 1933January 29, 2019
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Tawfik “Tim” M. Khatib, 85, of Edmond, Oklahoma, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Tim was born on December 27, 1933 in Deir Sharif village in Palestine. He grew up in the Holy Lands and upon high school graduation he was awarded a full scholarship to attend college for receiving the highest score in Jordan on his college entrance exams. He attended the American University of Beirut where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. He went on to attend Oklahoma State University and earned a Master’s degree. Tim married Linda Johnston of Cushing, Oklahoma in 1960. They moved abroad and lived in Amman, Jordan for 6 years while Tim worked as a civil engineer for the Jordanian government. He was awarded The King Hussain Medal of Honor for exemplary service for disaster services. Tim and Linda returned to the United States and lived in Oklahoma City for 43 years. Tim worked as the Division Engineer of Local Government for ODOT until his retirement in 2005. Following retirement he worked as a consultant for the Benham Group.

Tim served on the Board of Visitors for Oklahoma State University. He was also active in the Association of County Commissioners, the American Society of Professional Engineers and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers. He served as a Board Member of the YMCA of Bethany. Tim is survived by his wife, Linda Johnston Khatib; his son, Joseph Khatib; his daughter, Rhonda Gelczer and her husband Robert K. Gelczer and his beloved grandson, Matthew Gelczer. He is also survived by his brothers, Dr. Rafik Khatib and Hussan Khatib of Dubai UAE and sister, Dunia Bazzari of Amman, Jordan as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and many friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February, 5th, 2019 @ 1:00 pm at Hahn-Cook/Street and Draper Funeral home. Condolences can be made on the website at www.hahncookfuneral.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Linda Charlene Khatib, Wife
  • Joseph Khatib, Son
  • Rhonda Gelczer and husband Robert K., Daughter
  • Matthew Gelczer, Grandson
  • Dr. Rafik Khatib, Brother
  • Hassan Khatib, Brother
  • Dunia Bazzari, Sister
  • He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and many friends.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019
REMEMBERING

Tawfik "Tim" Mohammad Khatib

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Dawn Hueske

February 5, 2019

I worked with Tim a number of years at ODOT. He wasn't shy about sharing his opinion, but when it differed from yours, he still had a way to make sure you left smiling. That was something I always admired about him - although sometimes it was infuriating at the time. It didn't matter what your differences, they weren't ever big enough to linger on. Rest in peace, Tim. My condolences to the family.
Dawn Hueske

Wafa Khatib

February 3, 2019

Uncle Tawfiq, I still remember how my mother kept talking proudly about you since we were kids, and how we were longing to meet you. Our first meeting was in Jordan few years ago . Definitely, I will never forget the Holiday that I have spent at your home in Oklahoma and how you made your best to please me and to show me every part in Oklahoma city. It was unforgettable and fabulous visit, the way you welcomed me and the care and love that you have shown to my daughter Zain during her stay in Oklahoma. You were a distinguished man and your memory will last forever deep in our hearts. May your soul rest in peace.

Steve Jacoby

January 31, 2019

Tim - my dear friend,

Although we met nearly 40 years ago it seems like only yesterday. I hope you know that I cannot think of anyone that has been for me a more ardent fan, supporter, educator, and brother. I will so miss you and the trips to the country club for lunch. My migration to the Grand River Dam Authority nearly 6 years ago has presented an obstacle to seeing so many of my professional friends in the OKC area as much as I would like, but none more than yourself.

See you at the big game,
Rest well my friend and GO POKES!!!

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Biography

Tawfik “Tim” M. Khatib, 85, of Edmond, Oklahoma, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Tim was born on December 27, 1933 in Deir Sharif village in Palestine. He grew up in the Holy Lands and upon high school graduation he was awarded a full scholarship to attend college for receiving the highest score in Jordan on his college entrance exams. He attended the American University of Beirut where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. He went on to attend Oklahoma State University and earned a Master’s degree. Tim married Linda Johnston of Cushing, Oklahoma in 1960. They moved abroad and lived in Amman, Jordan for 6 years while Tim worked as a civil engineer for the Jordanian government. He was awarded The King Hussain Medal of Honor for exemplary service for disaster services. Tim and Linda returned to the United States and lived in Oklahoma City for 43 years. Tim worked as the Division Engineer of Local Government for ODOT until his retirement in 2005. Following retirement he worked as a consultant for the Benham Group.

Tim served on the Board of Visitors for Oklahoma State University. He was also active in the Association of County Commissioners, the American Society of Professional Engineers and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers. He served as a Board Member of the YMCA of Bethany.
Tim is survived by his wife, Linda Johnston Khatib; his son, Joseph Khatib; his daughter, Rhonda Gelczer and her husband Robert K. Gelczer and his beloved grandson, Matthew Gelczer. He is also survived by his brothers, Dr. Rafik Khatib and Hussan Khatib of Dubai UAE and sister, Dunia Bazzari of Amman, Jordan as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and many friends.

Condolences can be made on the website at www.hahncookfuneral.com.