Timothy Johner, 65, of Suwanee, Ga., passed away Sept. 17, 2013, in Suwanee after a gallant eight-year battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, with his loving wife by his side.
Born June 11, 1948, in Rugby, he graduated from Wolford High School in 1966. Tim enlisted in the Navy in 1966, serving as a corpsman at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., until 1970. After his discharge, he returned to North Dakota, where he received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of North Dakota. Tim always wanted to be a teacher, but was offered a position at Mattson Construction as an estimater upon his graduation. He subsequently spent 35 years in the commercial and residential construction industry in North Dakota, Iowa and Georgia. His position as a builder for John Weiland Homes in Suwanee brought him together with his wife, Debbie. After they married, Debbie encouraged him to get his real estate license so they could be a husband/wife team. His mechanical mind combined with his experience and skill set in construction, estimating and ability to fix anything and everything was an integral part of their popularity. At the time of his death, Tim was a Realtor at RE/MAX Center. He and Debbie were previously associated with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta in Johns Creek, Ga., and RE/MAX Professionals in Suwanee, Ga.
Tim was an avid outdoorsman and consummate hunter and fisherman. Prior to relocating to Iowa and Georgia, he served as president of the Happy Hookers fishing club in Minot, and was one of the most skilled and luckiest fisherman who ever lived. Tim was instrumental in organizing the Y's Men's Children's Fishing Camp and Christmas tree lot for the YMCA in Minot.
Tim could fix and build anything. He was happiest spending time outdoors maintaining his home, planting flowers, gardening or serving his community. He loved all animals, frogs and especially his toy poodle, Peppi. Tim served his community extensively as a volunteer on the board of directors for the Rivermoore Park Homeowner's Association. During the last two years, he was instrumental in maintaining the lake and meadow there, making sure they were aesthetically pleasing and re-stocking the lake with fish.
During his battle with cancer and even while suffering the side effects of a stem cell transplant, Tim remained a very selfless person. He always put serving others ahead of his own personal and household needs. He especially loved decorating his house for Christmas. His neighbors were always anxious to see what he added to his holiday display after the sun set each day.
Tim is survived by: his loving wife of 13 years, Debbie Dewey, of Suwanee, Ga.; his adored toy poodle, Peppi; daughters, Melissa Broyles, of Seattle, Wash., and Christine Walker, of Indianapolis, Ind.; son, Michael Johner, of eastern Washington State; his mother, Betty Johner, of Tipton, Ind.; sister, Cheryl Massey, of Elwood, Ind.; brother, Jerold Johner, of Phoenixville, Pa. Tim is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Johner, who lived in Powers Lake.
A memorial service in celebration of Tim's life is planned for Oct. 12, 2013, in Suwanee. For more information, please contact The Neptune Society at 404-351-3526.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Georgia Chapter or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.