Timothy Gray “Tim” Tosh passed away on January 22, 2024, at the age of 72 in Crookston, MN.
Growing up in Tennessee in Goodlettsville and later in Madison, Tim learned the value of hard work, good humor, and family. One of 11 siblings, he developed a love of animals and the outdoors playing with his brothers and sisters in the woods and helping his family care for their pigs and chickens.
A hard worker all his life, Tim went to work at age 8 sweeping floors at the Rollins store in Madison. After graduating from Madison High School, he joined the United States Air Force in 1969. During his service as an Air Force Fire Protection Specialist, he attained the rank of Sergeant and was stationed in Texas, Illinois, Alaska, North Dakota, and Zweibrucken, West Germany.
While stationed in Grand Forks, Tim met and fell in love with Emma Jean Brower. They married in 1974 and for the next 50 years stuck by each other (and drove each other crazy) through good times and bad.
After being honorably discharged in 1977, Tim worked for American Crystal Sugar before joining John & James Brower (his father- and uncle-in-law) on their farm south of Crookston. He farmed for the next 23 years.
After “retiring” from farming, Tim managed facilities for several organizations over the next few years, his favorite being PRACS in East Grand Forks.
Despite formally retiring, Tim worked for several years at Hardware Hank in Crookston, where he enjoyed chatting with the public and joking with his coworkers.
Throughout his life, Tim never met a stranger or failed to help a neighbor. He had a passion for fishing, telling stories, spoiling cats, and making silly faces at every child he met. He loved his family and delighted in his new granddaughter.
Tim is survived by his wife, Emma, sons Aaron (Kari) Tosh and Blair Tosh, daughter Abbie (Trent) Runia, granddaughter Avery Runia, brother Leroy Tosh, sisters Carlene Allen, Phyllis Vinson, Ellen Layne, Lois Rogers, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents Noel and Bussie May, brothers Thomas, William, Nelson, and David, and sister Annie Williams.
Visitation for Tim Tosh will be held from 1-3:00 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2024, at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston. A private family graveside service will be held later in Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. A recording of that service may be viewed on Tim’s obituary page at www.stenshoelhouske.com starting Saturday morning, February 3rd. Messages of condolence can be offered to the family on the funeral website as well. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in Tim’s name to the family and they will gift them to charities and organizations that were dear to Tim’s heart.