Feb. 3, 1953-April 19, 2004

MILTON-FREEWATER - The funeral for John R. Timmons, an avid Little League coach, administrator, former state Little League chairman, and a former Milton-Freewater Junior Citizen of the Year, will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 26, at the McLoughlin High School football field. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the Milton-Freewater Junior Show Grounds immediately following the service. Private interment will be at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Friends may call at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, in Milton-Freewater, for viewing, on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon, between 1 p.m and 5 p.m., and between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and on Sunday between 1 p.m and 5 p.m., and between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Mr. Timmons, 51, of Milton-Freewater, died Monday, April 19, 2004, at Sentara General Hospital in Virginia Beach, Va.

He was born Feb. 3, 1953, at Walla Walla, to Marvin and Margaret Nichols Timmons. He grew up in Milton-Freewater and attended Eastside School, Central Junior High School, and McLoughlin Union High School, graduating in 1971. He attended Blue Mountain Community College.

As a child he played Little League and was active in 4-H. While in high school, he was active in Future Farmers of America, earning his State Farmer's Degree, was active in band, and played football.

In 1973, he joined the Army, serving at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Carson, Colo., and Augsburg, Germany.

On July 20, 1973, he married Darcy Millar at Walla Walla. After his discharge he and his wife returned to Milton-Freewater where he began working for Pendleton Grain Growers in the Pump and Irrigation Department. He worked there until his death.

He was active in the Little League program in Milton-Freewater from 1976 until the present. He has coached softball and baseball, served as League president, and umpired. He had also served as District 3 Little League administrator for the last 8 years and served as Little League State Chairman in 2002-2003. He also coached soccer teams. He was presented the Chamber of Commerce Junior Citizen of the Year in 1991, Outstanding Service Commend- ation in 2001-2002 from the M-F Elks Lodge, Outstanding Service Award in 2002 from Pendleton Grain Growers, and Lion of the Year in 1980-1981.

He and his wife had taken two recent trips, one to the Caribbean and a trip to Cancun, Mexico. Mr. Timmons enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, rafting, Mariners baseball and Oregon State University Football. He enjoyed fishing with his buddy Gordon Brock, and was fond of his granddog, Sage.

He was a member of American Legion Post 24 and BPOE 2146.

Survivors include his wife, Darcy Timmons, at the home, son John and wife, Karen, of Hermiston; daughter, Angie Timmons of Milton-Freewater; his parents, Marvin and Margaret Timmons of Milton-Freewater; brothers, Steve Timmons of Milton-Freewater and Dr. Tom Timmons of Medford; sisters, Deanna Garrard of Hermiston and Nancy Sams of Milton-Freewater; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the M-F Junior Show or the Oregon State Little League Association (for umpire training and workshops).

Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home of Milton-Freewater is in charge of arrangements.

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