Timothy J. O'Leary
July 8, 1954 - January 4, 2020

Timothy J. O'Leary

Timothy J. O'Leary
Jul 8, 1954 - Jan 4, 2020

Timothy J. O'Leary
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Timothy J. O' Leary, 65, of Fort Dodge passed away Saturday, January 4, 2020 at his home.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Corpus Christi Church with Msgr. Kevin McCoy officiating the Mass of Christian Burial. A visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 PM MONDAY at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home.
Tim is survived by his wife, Sara; daughters, Kari O'Leary (Shawn Olsen) of Roseville, MN and Molly (Travis) McAvaddy of Johnston, IA; grandchildren, Daisha, Murphy, and Finley McAvaddy and Osley and Evan Olsen; siblings, Mary (Bill) Woehl, David (Judy) O'Leary, Colleen (Hugh) Spillman, Denny (Bonnie) O'Leary, Jeanne (Dennis) Woolman, Joan O'Leary, and Julie (Rich) Minikis; in-laws, Peg and Dic Fitzgerald, PJ Rodenborn, Matt Rodenborn, Paul Rodenborn, Katie McKay and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James "Bud" and Lorayne (Mallinger) O'Leary and in-laws, Pete and Margie Rodenborn.
Timothy James O'Leary was born July 8, 1954 in Fort Dodge. He attended schools in Fort Dodge and graduated from high school in 1972. He then went on to attend Iowa Central Community College. IN 1975, he married his high school sweetheart, Sara Rodenborn. The couple made their home in Fort Dodge. Tim worked for Hawkeye Painting and then Fort Dodge Community Schools as a master craftsman painter until his retirement in 2017. Tim was a founding and honorary member of the Lizard Creek Blues Society. He had a love for all things music, playing the guitar and especially Bruce Springsteen. Tim would say his biggest accomplishment in life would be his family. He wore the love he had for his wife and two daughters as a badge of honor. His most defining role in life, would be of grandpa.
"He was our Papa Bear."
Memorials may be left to family discretion.


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Troy porter on Jan 11, 2020

I got the pleasure to meet Tim in 2005 when I starting working at the fd schools. Tim was a great friend from then on. When Tim retired in 2017 I was given the choice to take over for him and I knew I had some big shoes to fill! We will certainly and sadly miss Tim coming back into the shop Weekly with all the laughs and the great advice and peptalk he gave me!! Truly a man that’s gone way too soon!!

Kurtis & Kely Lawler on Jan 9, 2020

Our hearts go out to Tim’s entire family. He was an amazing man and a great painter. God bless you all.

Miranda Stone on Jan 8, 2020

Sara, my thoughts are with you as seeing you both out and smiling was a highlight over the years watching live music. It was a true delight to know Tim and he is missed.

Karrey Lindeberg on Jan 7, 2020

To Sara and family our thoughts and prayers are with you...he was way too young. He will be missed

Bill Gibbs on Jan 7, 2020

Tim was the best painter I ever seen he was truly a master at his craft. He shared his knowledge willingly and freely always wanting to help me out on any problems I had. On a personal note he had a sparkle in his eye and a zest for life. I will miss him he left this plane of existence way too early

Laurie Arndt on Jan 7, 2020

Sara and Family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Laurie Arndt

Laurie Arndt on Jan 6, 2020

Sara and Family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Laurie Arndt

Lee burch on Jan 6, 2020

So sorry to see this Sara . Our prayers are with you. Lee and Eloise Burch

Terry Nolan on Jan 6, 2020

Well this sucks! Tim is one of my most unforgettable humans. His love of family, life and music will be missed. To Tim's family:praying for you, love you all and miss you. May the Creator hold all of you in the palm of His hand and grant you peace . love Terry and nettie

Tedra Towne on Jan 6, 2020

So terribly sorry. Tim was always a bright spot in the day whenever you met him!

Karen & Clark Root on Jan 6, 2020

Tim will be missed by so many whose lives he touched. He was fun to be with and always had that great smile on his face. Our heartfelt sympathies to Sara and his family.

Jerry Spittal on Jan 5, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of Tim's passing. I will always remember him as one of the nicest men I have known. A great smile, a great heart, and and positive outlook on life. Tim will be missed by all who knew him.

Zoey (Miller) Schorzmann on Jan 5, 2020

CandleTim was such a kind man. I met him while working at Sherwin Williams and he was always a bright spot to our day. I am thinking of your family and sending love through this tough time.

Jay D Billing on Jan 5, 2020

I would like to send my sincere condolences to the family of Tim I did not know him but went to school Dave and Mary and they are all in our prayers at this sad and time. We send our prayers and energy to them to help them and may our dear lord keep them strong and God Bless.

Jan Deal on Jan 5, 2020

For Sara, family, and Tim's friends, Tim was my friend through the school district. He always had time to talk to me as he worked his magic with paint throughout the years at FDSH. We loved to talk about the Eagles music group and his love for the blues. I could always count on his friendship.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers, Jan Deal

Alisa Schroeder on Jan 5, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Tim for 5 years while managing the Sherwin Williams. I very much enjoyed our talks about our families. My condolences to the family!❤️

Tom and Toni Sullivan on Jan 5, 2020

Our sincere condolences Sara, my memories of Tim are when we would talk about seeing our grandkids. His eyes lit up and always smilies , he will be missed by many❤️

Jean Severson on Jan 5, 2020

Sara and family, may your memories ease your sorrow and bring you comfort during this difficult time. Keeping you in my prayers.



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Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home
307 South 12th Street
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
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402 North 8th Street
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
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