Timothy Carl Florer

September 20, 1952August 12, 2019

Timothy C. Florer Cumming

Timothy C. Florer, 66, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at his home in Cumming, IA. Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1105 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, IA with burial at Jordan Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Thursday at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines, IA.

Tim, the son of Harvey and Hildreth was born on September 20, 1952. He graduated from Valley High School in 1970. Tim worked over 40 years in insurance sales and loved working with folks to ensure their financial future.

In his spare time, Tim focused on the arts. He was an exceptional photographer and published “Rural Iowa Ruins” and “Against the Current” featuring pictography of structures found in rural Iowa and life along the Mississippi. Sharing his love of photography, Tim worked with Iowa 4-H to create ‘Camera Corps’ which provided training and guidance to 4-H youth in the use of camera equipment and taking quality pictures. Tim enjoyed mentoring and providing positive feedback for improvement to the young participants. Tim also pursued writing, and published several books and poems.

Tim married Joanie Brown October 3, 1980. He fathered four children, Elliott, Jordan, Erik and Ryan. He played with his children and was a loving father. Tim was dedicated to the natural beauty of his property. He worked tirelessly to create a calm and serene environment for his family and friends to enjoy. His craftsmanship was a thing to behold. The pride exhibited by his workmanship is tangible in his outbuildings. His spirit can be accessed through every bit of the landscape where his heart and soul were most at peace.

Tim is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his three sons, Elliott Florer (Kate) of Ankeny, IA, Erik Florer of West Des Moines, IA, and Ryan Florer (Sonja) of Winterset, IA; daughter, Jordan Florer of Portland, OR; brothers, Richard (Judy) of Cedar Bluff, NE and Stephen Florer (Cynthia) of West Des Moines, IA; and four grandchildren, Wren and Harlan of Portland, OR and Everett and Reilly of Ankeny, IA.

The family is especially grateful for the kind and giving care and support provided by Suncrest Home Health and Hospice in their time of need.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Camera Corps unit of the Iowa 4-H Foundation.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 16, 2019


Timothy Carl Florer

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stephen Mathiasen

August 16, 2019

My deepest condolences to you and your entire family Joanie.

Melissa Soliday

August 16, 2019

I offer heartfelt condolences to Tim’s family and loved ones. I knew Tim at Valley, and remember our mutual time spent in the choir, especially senior year. He was always full of fun, and friendly to all. He passed far too soon, but may he be at peace.

Roy and Mary Nilsen

August 13, 2019

Our hearts go out to Joanie and family in their sadness. We have lost Tim, friend, lover of family, photographer, writer, poet, gardener, humorist, lover of art, companion of God.
We will remember his great spirit and sense of joy in living, whether we saw him in church or in one of his classic cars.
Tim lifted our spirits, enjoyed pulling off a surprise, and loved to pray with arms and hands open to the God of grace.
Our hearts are broken today by Tim’s death, but our zest for living is enlarged because we have had the privilege of being touched by his joy, his faith, his creativity, his love for people and for the wonder of every new day.
Roy and Mary Nilsen

Rod Warren

August 13, 2019

To say Tim was one of a kind is a big understatement. His presence was often larger than life and he led life the right way. Watching Tim evolve and change over the years should prove to everyone that following your passions leads to a complete life. Tim did so much for our family that space won't permit listing it all, but the fishing and boating trips, camping in the bus, endless hours of basketball (along with Tim's phantom injuries), caring for Melinda when she was a small child (and sending her home amped up from sugar laden Cheerios), or simply sitting around talking and enjoying the southern view from their home are all times that will remain with me forever. Tim made a positive impact on my life for which I will always be grateful. I will miss him every day.

Anne Crowell Vanags

August 12, 2019

To All of Tim’s loved ones: (from former classmate)

In the hours of parting and sorrow,
When pain fills each moment anew,
What strength and blessed assurance
In knowing God’s promise is true.

God’s comfort is stronger than parting.
God’s healing is greater than pain.
God’s promise is stronger than parting.
He said you will meet once again!
Author Unknown

D Montgomery

August 12, 2019

I wish to express my sincere condolences on the death of your dear loved one. May the God of all comfort and tender mercies (2 Corinthians 1: 3,4) comfort you with his promise at Isaiah 25:8; where death will be swallowed up forever. For more comforting information please visit