William Howard Timm
September 17, 1929 – February 21, 2020
William “Bill” Howard Timm, 90, formerly of Peoria, Illinois, passed away February 21, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri after a long illness. Bill was born September 17, 1929 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to Gladys (Kreiger) and Howard Timm. He grew up in Southwest Michigan where he met his late wife, Dotty, in a college Spanish Class. He graduated in 1951 from DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana, receiving a B.A. in Economics. Shortly afterward, he was drafted and inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as Sergeant, First Class. After the service, Bill was a salesman for the Playtex Corporation in Chicago, Illinois. His entrepreneurial drive led him and Dotty to sell their home to buy their first of five Chicago-area Convenient Food Marts franchises. Their experience with the innovative convenience store concept during the nascent franchise industry was chronicled in the popular business book, “The Franchise Boom”.
In the late 60s, Bill moved his family to Peoria to expand Convenient Food Marts into Central Illinois. He later parlayed his professional skills into a successful commercial real estate career in Peoria, and for General Growth Properties in Des Moines, Iowa.
For much of Bill’s life he looked younger than his years, and he stayed fit with golf, tennis, cycling and jogging. He loved nature, “people watching,” and listening to opera and jazz. He was open-minded and unassuming, and one who enjoyed listening more than talking. In high school, he was a local crooner, and later in life, loved to sing his favorite song, “Embraceable You” at family events. His children remember him as an exceptionally loving father and grandfather.
Proceeding him in death is his wife of 56 years, Dorothea “Dotty” Timm (Weimann). Surviving are his three children, Wendy Timm (Jack Owczarczak) of St. Louis, Missouri, Shelley Timm-Thompson (Charles Thompson) of River Forest, Illinois, William “Bill” Timm Jr. (Cindy) of St. Louis, Missouri; six grandchildren, Lauren (Danny) Collins, Tommy (Mary Ann) Brummett, Anne Brummett, Charlie Thompson, Olivia Thompson, Grant Timm; and one great-grandchild, JB Collins.
Services are private. Interment is in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research at brightfocus.org/alzheimers. The family wishes to thank the kind caregivers of BJC Hospice.
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William Howard Timm
February 28, 2020
Wendy, so sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. Sounds like he was a incredible father and will be sadly missed. May he rest in eternal peace. Thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
February 25, 2020
Wendy, Jack and the Timm Family,
Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Sincerely, Ellen Jordan
February 25, 2020
To Wendy and the Timm family- you are in my thoughts during this difficult time and I will remember your father as a friendly and engaging man. I know you have fond memories that will last forever!
February 24, 2020
One very kind and incredible man and neighbor. He took Bill & I to my very first Cubs game against the Pirates and watched Ron Santo hit the winning home run in the 9th. He took Bill and I to see “Jaws” as teenagers. Fond memories as an young adult cooking steaks on the grill and drinking moose heads with Bill Sr. And Jr. in Peoria. It’s very sad that Bill and Dottie now belong to the ages but they will never be forgotten for their kindness and open minds! Thanks for the memories Mr. Timm, I will be always be eternally grateful. Respectfully John H McReynolds Semper Fi