Timothy James Galvin

  • Born: June 9, 1950
  • Died: December 4, 2020
  • Location: Horicon, Wisconsin

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Horicon, WI 53032

Tel. (920) 485-2217

Tribute & Message From The Family


June 9, 1950 - December 4, 2020

An Irishman walked into a pub... and now, he never has to leave.

Timothy James Galvin was born on June 9, 1950 in Ames, Iowa to Virginia and Joseph Galvin. From the beginning, Tim was a memorable character. He was a lover of good jokes and small world stories, and he was known as the life of every party.

Family was everything to Tim, and he was always happiest when "his girls" were happy. Tim leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Kathy Galvin, and his daughters, Erin Blank, and Brenna Galvin (Kevin Hansen). He frequently said that his daughters got their good looks from Kathy, but he kept his. We will let the people decide. Tim was the proud grandfather of Parker James Blank, Cameron Joseph Blank, and Declan Vincent Blank. He got such joy and overwhelming pride from watching the boys grow up. He loved his family without abandon and ensured they knew that every day. Tim was also honored to act as a host dad to three foreign exchange students over the years: Dagmara Finlayson, Jess Ruciack, and Nathalia Mello Sales.

Tim is survived by a large, extended family, including his mother, Virginia Galvin, and his siblings: Michael Galvin (Susan Demos), Kathy Monroe (Michael Monroe), Susan Jeffrey (Dick Jeffrey), Daniel Galvin (Suzi Galvin), and Sheila Pearman (Perry Pearman), and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joanne May and Joseph May, and his wife's siblings: Tom May, Joe May (Tammy May), Cindy Waterford (Rick Waterford), and Pam Kerr (Jeff Kerr). He also leaves behind his nieces and nephews that he loved belly laughing with.

Tim was a proud alumni of Indiana University, where he received his undergraduate degree in Public Administration and his Master's degree in Park and Recreation Administration. He would tell you with a twinkle in his eye that he graduated "summa cuma barely."' His friends would report that he had the best time along the way. At IU, Tim was the Captain and Coach of the Rugby Team and is featured in the IU Rugby Hall of Fame.
Tim was passionate about the outdoors, and he spent many hours golfing (with irregular success) at Rock River Hills Golf Course and sailing on Lake Winnebago. He often shared stories from his youth spent along the shore of Lake Michigan, knees deep in a sand dune. Tim also loved singing off key and dancing. He had more moves than Allied Van Lines.

Tim spent his career working for the Department of Natural Resources where he met many fine friends and colleagues. Tim also cared deeply about his friends, and the community at large. He truly embodied the Rotary motto of "service above self." Tim would show up in big ways and small - from cooking a pot of chili or snow blowing a driveway to volunteering his time in service to organizations including the: Hartford Jaycees, Horicon Lions Club, Rock River Hills Golf Club Board of Directors, Friends of Dodge County Parks Board of Directors, Dodge County Humane Society Board of Directors, Horicon Board of Education, Horicon Marsh International Education Center Board of Directors, and the Horicon Rotary Club.

Due to COVID-19 and in efforts to keep everyone safe, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Tim's legacy by making a donation to the Friends of the Dodge County Parks and Friends of the Horicon Marsh International Education Center.

Condolence & Memory Journal

R.I.P. my friend, enjoyed the stories and the laughter we shared in Mazatlan Mexico. I will think of you often.

Posted by Phil Philipoff - Alberta, Canada - Friend   February 11, 2021

I worked with Tim at the DNR and enjoyed his positiveness and happy attitude. He was a great guy and he will be missed. My sincere sympathies to his family.

Posted by Marilyn Howell    January 15, 2021

He was a man. He lived service above self. Well done and a life well lived. I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sue Black    January 13, 2021

Just saw this thanks to Marilynn R. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Having lost Kathy this Jan 1,I know all too well what you are going through.

Posted by Mike Jenkins - Friend   December 17, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences. Tim's kindness will not be forgotten. Your family is in our thoughts.

Posted by Sandy & Ron Curtis    December 15, 2020

Tim was always kind to me, I will always remember his great smile and laugh. He was a Joy to be around and he will deeply be missed. My sympathies.

Posted by Heather Gottschalk    December 11, 2020

My deepest condolences to Brenna and her family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Posted by Tami Fisher - Woodbury, MN - Coworker   December 11, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. He certainly was a great man! Thoughts and prayers with Kathy and the extended family.

Posted by Keith Schroeder    December 10, 2020

I'm very grateful to have had a nearly 50 year friendship with Tim and Kathy and members of their extended family - many great memories evolved from our get togethers, some associated with the I.U. Rugby, with their occasional reunions. Tim often expressed his pride in Kathy's, Erin's and Brenna's plentiful accomplishments which complemented his own very productive and rewarding achievements. We'll miss him greatly. God bless you Tim and the Galvin Clan.

Posted by Pat & Sharon O'Shea - Spring Hill, TN - Family Friend   December 10, 2020

Tim had a great sense of humor. And,he would agree that that was the only "sense" he had. He loved the State Park System, and was a true steward of conservation. His laugh will last in my memory forever! RIP, my good man!

Posted by Dan Farrar - Baraboo, WI - Friend   December 09, 2020

I only recently learned of my US cousins through Michael Getty and the Galvin clan. My great grand-aunt Johanna Sheehy married Jeremiah Galvin and they emigrated from Co Limerick to Iowa soon after. When I planned to be in the US and in Milwaukee in 2017, Tim generously offered to bring me round Horicon Marsh and Museum, as he knew I was a plant ecologist. I was very moved by his offer and we had a terrific tour, despite the very Irish weather! It was the first time I met him (and Michael Getty) and later Kathy over a lovely meal before he drove me back to Milwaukee. Such a generous, wonderful man. My thoughts are with you, Kathy, and your family.

Posted by Micheline Sheehy Skeffington - Galway, Ireland - Family   December 09, 2020

Tim was a great guy on ALL fronts dating back to our childhood days growing up in Chesterton, Indiana along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Our parents were friends and Tim's siblings were similar in age to myself/siblings.
May God Bless Tim, his family and all those that loved him.

Posted by Doug Schrader - Chesterton, IN - Family Friend   December 08, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time! God is holding you close and giving you strength. Tim will be watching over you. It was a pleasure knowing him.

Posted by Cindy Vogel - Beaver dam, WI - Friend   December 08, 2020

And on the eighth day, God created the Irish, and the devil took notice!
Timothy my friend, may you be through the Pearly Gates before the devil knows your gone! Rest well Tim, and save me a Jameson and a stool beside ye. Until we meet again.
My sincerest condolences to Kathy and the Family. May God Grant you His Grace to help all of you through this difficult time.
Glenn Daily - Friends of Dodge County Parks, Inc.

Posted by Glenn Daily    December 08, 2020

My son Jordan, played rugby at IU, too! Peace be to all the Galvin family.

Posted by Richard Highberger - Pleasant Prairie, WI - Family Friend   December 08, 2020

Tim will be sorely missed. I enjoyed my time working with him at the Horicon Marsh

Posted by Joann & Fred Ellis    December 08, 2020

Kathy and Family, Please accept our condolences in the loss of your Husband and Dad, Tim. From the time that we meet you and Tim in Mazatlan, MX he and Brendan had a connection that was as close to Family as one could get. They shared a love of Sports, and Tim knew of Brendan's football playing Cousin from IU who went on to play in the NFL. He and his wonderful sense of Humor will be Missed by us Terribly. We will never Forget his Smile or listening to his stories and jokes. God Bless His Family !! Love, Carol & Brendan

Posted by Carol Gregule - Downers Grove, IL - Friend   December 08, 2020

Kathy and family, Carolyn and I are extremely sad and sorry for your loss. We loved our dinners with you and Tim in Mazatlan. My time listening to the many jokes he brought to the beach each morning sharing them with the boys. He will be missed by his many friends at Costa Bonita. If there is a heaven I know he will be coaching a rugby team and playing golf.

Posted by Barry & Carolyn Lloyd - INNISFAIL Alberta, - Friend   December 07, 2020

Many fond memories of younger days with Tim at Pike Lake. Sincere sympathies to you, Kathy.

Posted by Mary Beth Gehl - Neosho, WI - Friend   December 07, 2020

Sending love and heartfelt condolences. Sue Kneen, Maser Amundson Boggio

Posted by Sue Kneen - Hastings, MN - Coworker   December 07, 2020

Tim always a giant of a guy, outgoing, interesting, with deep love of family. Honored to be part of his. Our deepest condolences to his wife, daughters, mom, brothers & sisters. Yes his life must be celebrated as only the Irish and Galvin's do, telling the loving stories of Tim.

Posted by jodi galvin - LA, CA - Family   December 07, 2020

Tim was always fun to be around. Our condolences to Tim's family.

Posted by David and Diane Edwards - Beaver Dam, WI - Coworker   December 07, 2020

Dearest Kathy and family,
Please fill your days with remembered joy.
Your friends at the Wisconsin State Reading Association.
Love and hugs to you.
Joyce Uglow

Posted by Joyce Uglow - BURLINGTON, WI - Friend   December 07, 2020


May God help each of you in this great loss.
Mary Ellen Sowders

Posted by mary ellen sowders - oolitic, IN - Family Friend   December 07, 2020

Sorry to hear about the passing of my "Turkey Shoot" partner for many years. Always enjoyed watching Tim bomb those tee shots. Also enjoyed that great Irish sense of humor. My sympathy to Kathy and his girls.

Posted by Glenn Hildebrandt - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   December 07, 2020

The Thickstun family sends our heartfelt condolences.

Posted by Tom Thickstun - Bloomington, IN - Family Friend   December 07, 2020

So very very sorry for your loss. Tim was one special fellow, with a large heart. He always made everyone feel at ease and comfortable, by addressing them one on one. The world has truly lost a special person.

Posted by Janice Stavropoulos Rudnick - Chesterton, IN - Friend   December 06, 2020

So very very sorry for your loss. Tim was one special fellow, with a large heart. He always made everyone feel at ease and comfortable, by addressing them one on one. The world has truly lost a special person.

Posted by Janice Stavropoulos Rudnick - Chesterton, IN - Friend   December 06, 2020

Kathy, you know I am thinking about you! When I think of you and Tim, it makes me smile! Remember the time we came to visit you on our way to Kalamazoo , Michigan? That, obviously, was before we had navigation on our phone. But it sure was fun! Love you and will continue to hold you in my prayers.

Posted by Joann Calabrese - BLOOMINGTON, IN - Family   December 06, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I'll always remember Tim as the guy with a sense of humor and always a smile. Time for us to touch base again. Take care my friend and God Bless.

Posted by Lois Krueger - Slinger, WI - Friend   December 06, 2020

Kathy and girls we are saddened to see this we all loved Tim so much he was a wonderful man that will be missed by many sending love and hugs your way

Posted by Pat and Jackie Bulman - Horicon, WI - Family Friend   December 06, 2020

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Evan Williams, Tim Galvin, Dave the steel guy, Pat O'Shea 2012 IU Rugby 50th Anniversary Golf Outing