E. Michael Timm

May 20, 1937-August 17, 2018

E. Michael Timm, 81,

former longtime ND Legis-

lator and Minot Business

man, died Friday, August

17, 2018 in a Minot Hos-


Mike was born May 20,

1937 at Minot, North

Dakota, the son of Arthur

and Flossie (Tesarik)

Timm. He was raised and

educated in Minot, gra-

duating from Minot High

School in 1955. He then

enlisted with the U.S. Ma-

rine Corps in August of

1956 and honorably

served his country for two


After receiving his

honorable discharge in

August of 1958, Mike re-

turned to North Dakota

and attended Minot State

College and Minot Busi-

ness College. He was unit-

ed in marriage to Sonja

Froseth on June 6, 1959 at

St. Paul’s Lutheran

Church in Minot. They

made their home in

Minot, where he assisted

his father with the opera-

tion of Timm Moving and

Storage until his father’s

death. He then took over

the company as owner

and operator from 1959,

until he retired and sold

the business in 2000.

Mike honorably served

North Dakota in the State

Legislature in the House

of Representatives for 32

years. He was active in a

number of capacities,

some of which included:

Speaker of the House in

1997, Vice-chair of the

Appropriations Commit-

tee, vice-chair and chair-

man of the Transportation

Committee, and chairman

of the Tax and Finance

Committee. He also

served the Minot Business

community on the Board

of Directors for First Bank,

Trustee for the ND Viking

Fund, member and past

President of the Minot

Jaycees and Board

member of the Minot

Development Association.

He was also a member

and past President of the

Motor Carrier Association,

member of the Minot

Country Club, Minot Soft-

ball Association, Minot

Elks, Eagles Aerie, Moose

Lodge and Lions Club,

where he served the club

as President.

After his retirement,

Mike enjoyed spending

time with family, grand-

children and friends at

their summer home on

Lake Metigoshe. His hob-

bies and interests includ-

ed: golfing, hunting, bowl-

ing, snowmobiling, along

with attending his grand-

children’s activities.

His loving family in-

cludes, wife of 59 years,

Sonja Timm; children,

Lisa (Waid) Wrege, Boyn-

ton Beach, FL, Mark (Bet-

sy) Timm, Germantown,

WI, Tonia (Todd) Manion,

Easton, PA, Tasha (Les)

Simons, Minot; 12 grand-

children to include:

Michael, Catherine &

Nicole Timm; Aiden & Ri-

ley Manion; Taylor,

Grace, Abby, Patrick,

Ryen, Kasey & Shayne

Simons; brother, Arthur

(Nancy) Timm, An-

chorage, AK; several

nieces, nephews and


Mike was preceded in

death by his parents;

grandson, Travis Eldridge

O’ Connor; brother,

Gerald Timm and a sister,

Pat McCune.

Celebration of Life ser-

vice: Friday, August 24,

2018 at 1:00 p.m. in First

Assembly of God Church,


Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Thursday,

August 23, 2018 from

3:00-6:00 p.m. in Thomas

Family Funeral Home,


In lieu of flowers or

plants, the family prefers

memorials to St Jude’s

Children’s Hospital, Meti-

goshe Ministries, Minot

VFW Post, Minot Youth

For Christ or an organiza-

tion of the donor’s choice.

Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at (www.thomasfamily