Rev. Timothy LeRoy McGuire, 65, of Hampton, Iowa, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the Sheffield Care Center in Sheffield. He was born June 27, 1953, in Sycamore, Illinois, to Al and Hazel (Wheeler) McGuire.
One of nine children, Tim grew up in Sycamore, Illinois. In 1970, the family moved to a dairy farm in Brodhead, Wisconsin, where Tim farmed with his brother Mark McGuire. He attended schools in Sycamore, Illinois and Brodhead, Wisconsin, graduating in 1972 from Brodhead High School.
Tim was united in marriage to Sue Ellen Kersten on February 17, 1973, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Janesville, Wisconsin. To this union, three children were born; Bethany, Benjamin and Jonathan.
Tim and Sue were dairy farmers for a number of years. After selling their farm, Tim worked various jobs until entering the ministry in 1983. He attended Vennard Bible College in University Park, Iowa. In the summer of 1985, Tim participated in a six-week mission trip to Bolivia, South America, with the World Gospel Mission.
Tim graduated from Vennard Bible College in 1987 with a BA in Bible and Pastoral ministries. Following graduation, he served as pastor to the Primitive Methodist Church in New Diggings, Wisconsin, the Free Methodist Church in Osborne, Kansas, the Friends Church in Richland, Iowa, the Free Methodist in Waynesville, North Carolina and the Bennezette Wesleyan Church in rural Aredale, Iowa. Tim retired from ministry in 2012. He also worked several years at Sukup Manufacturing Co. in Sheffield, Iowa.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Sue, daughter Bethany (Bernard) Bell of San Jose, California, son Benjamin (Stephanie) McGuire of Hampton, son Jonathan (Jennifer) McGuire of Barnes City, Iowa, grandchildren Oliver, Gabe, Anya, Landyn, Mattelyn, Jace, Delilah, Calvyn, Violet, Christopher and Curtis, three sisters Alice (Darrel) White of Oregon, Illinois, Harriet (Lanny) Vance of Rockford, Illinois, Ruth Mayo of Topeka, Kansas, four brothers Joe (Carolyn) McGuire of Canyon Country, California, Peter (Betsy) McGuire of Keokuk, Iowa, Mark (Mary) McGuire of Greenwood, Wisconsin, Samuel (Muriel) McGuire of Peace River, Alberta, Canada, sister-in-law Ruth G. McGuire of Lansing, Illinois, along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Al and Hazel McGuire, nephew David Vance and brother Everson McGuire.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the following:
World Gospel Mission
PO Box 948
Marion, Indiana 46952-0948
North Iowa Youth for Christ
420 4th Street SE
Hampton, Iowa 50441
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Where's the referee when you need him? A great photo from the '84 yearbook.
1985 Vennard Yearbook (1984/85 school year)
Sending my sympathy to Tim’s family. It appears he left an amazing legacy! May God bless his memory in the lives he touched.❤️
Tim and I were in our high school musical prodtion of “Oliver!” together. I was scrappy, little Oliver, and he was Bill Sikes. I remember Tim as the nicest guy, yet, here he comes into the play as this awful villain and totally nails it! I have many fond memories of long hours of rehearsals and performances together. Thinking of him now makes me smile. Lifting you all up in prayer at this difficult time. May Tim rest in His peace.
Kathy Petersen Kamps
Losing a classmate is hard enough, but Tim was such a nice and kind person!
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