Ewald Frederick August Timm

Dec. 14, 1917 – Nov. 24, 2010

Ewald Frederick August Timm went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, in his 93rd year of life. He was a great man who lived well.

He was born Dec. 14, 1917, to William and Adele Timm and raised in Milwaukee, becoming the "man of the house" at 13 to brother Norbert and sister Rosalie when his own father died. He graduated from North Division High School cum laude in 1935 and worked what jobs he could find through the Depression. He also attended Milwaukee Vocational School, taking art courses. In 1942, he began a career at W.A. Krueger Company, a career that was interrupted by World War II. He served his country as a sergeant in the Army in the South Pacific in the 1613th Forestry Battalion from 1943 to 1946. But before shipping out, he married the woman with whom he would spend the next 67 years of his life, Susan (nee Tengler). He and Susan built their home in New Berlin in the early 1950s, lived and raised their family there, retired and lived there until this past October. Sandra was born, then Carolyn, and from their New Berlin home they went on many vacations, trips and adventures throughout the United States and Canada.

Ewald was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1917 to 1956, when he then joined Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was a lifelong member of the Milwaukee Litho Club. He retired as a customer technical services engineer at W.A. Krueger Company in 1981, and filled his time with his many hobbies and passions. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting, boating and snowmobiling, as well as basketball and cycling. He was a member of bowling leagues and card clubs, as well as the host of many neighborhood parties.

Just as comfortable and capable captaining a boat or hunting a marsh or wading a deep river with fishing rod in hand, he truly relished and was often found enjoying a day spent in nature. He was also a gifted classical and flamenco guitarist, a painter and an author. An artist from his earliest days, he sold painted coconuts to his fellow GIs in the Philippines, and made paintings and duck decoys for his loved ones. He was a member of the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra from 1940 to 2010, and loved all classical music.

For many years, until the time of his death, he was a member of the Milwaukee Sketch Club. He and Sue continued their travels after his retirement, going to Army reunions, going to visit family and friends, and to simply seeing new sights. Ewald was a caring man who laughed much, with a quick wit and a goofy sense of humor, loved Laurel & Hardy sketches and always had a good story to tell. He was an amateur genealogist and Pomeranian (German) historian.

He was survived by his wife, Susan, until her death Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010; daughters, Sandra (William) O’Brien and Carolyn (Scott) Freiberg; grandchildren, Jesse (Tamara) O’Brien and Justin Freiberg; and greatgrandchildren, Dillon, Noah, Faith and Julia O’Brien. He is also survived by his sister, Rosalie, and many relatives and friends.

A joint visitation for Susan and Ewald Timm will be held from 1 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Elm Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church, 945 Terrace Drive, Elm Grove, with the funeral service beginning at 3 p.m. Private entombment will be at Wisconsin Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation in memory of Ewald and Susan Timm are appreciated.

Church and Chapel Ritter-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 786-8030 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.