Timothy Clark Shurtliff was born in January 1941 and passed away peacefully at his home on January 21, 2023 at the age of 82. We will miss his ready wit, wisdom, laughter, hugs, generosity, warm smile, knowledge and skills, but his spirit and strength will remain in our memories of him.
Tim worked and enjoyed it. His early years were spent working with his father, converting a large local house into a small apartment house. Through high school, he learned to milk cows and worked in a broom shop to pay his way through a private school - Campion Adventist Academy.
Shortly after graduating, Tim joined the military, eventually serving proudly in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. He always said knowing how to work hard helped earn him the respect of his fellow troopers. He had been discharged and was preparing to reenlist when he met the woman who would become his wife.
Tim and Nancy were married after a short courtship and a family soon followed, with Tim Jr, Kimberly and Chris being born over the next few years. Tim worked a couple more jobs, but his last time working for someone else was selling travel trailers for Cal’s Trailers in Riverdale. There, he met his future friend and business partner Jim Syme.
Tim and Jim were successful businessman in the mobile home community for over 50 years. Together, they built and operated Riverside Village Mobile Home Park, Golden Spike Campground & RV Park, Scotchman Mobile Home Service, Riverside Sales and JimTim Incorporated as well as operating modular and mobile home moving franchises with Transit Homes, Barrett Mobile Home Transport and Morgan Drive Away. Despite “retiring” in 1999, he continued to work and help on various family projects. Tim and Nancy also continued operating Riverside Sales as well as a private venture, Shurtliff
Cowboy Up! Properties.
Tim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. There was no doubt he loved his family. As hard as he worked, he loved his family more.
Tim was a proud member of the Seventh Day Adventist church. He showed his love for his family, church, friends and even acquaintances all the time in the best way he knew. Whether it was rebuilding a stranger’s broken trailer, remodeling a room in the church, repairing something, cleaning up a mess, giving someone a break, or in so many other ways - his work ethic and integrity were inspiring. There was rarely a problem he couldn’t fix or help with and he was quick to help when asked.
The skills he learned early and the work ethic to apply those skills served him well all his life. He was an entrepreneur whose independence, ingenuity, integrity and will drove him to build several businesses, invent tools, repair or improve equipment, help others when he could…
Tim worked ‘til he couldn’t.