Timothy John (Tim) Lynch, 67, passed away unexpectedly on August 16, 2019. Tim was born on October 12, 1951, in Winona, to Edgar and Alice (Cierzan) Lynch. Tim was a proud lifelong resident of Winona. Tim met his “one and only,” Jean Perrella, in high school and they fell in love while Tim was working for Jean’s dad, Nick, at Sammy’s Pizza. They were married on August 17, 1974.
In 1981, Tim and Jean welcomed home their daughter, Nicole. She was the apple of Tim’s eye. The pair would spend hours shooting hoops (his famous Kevin McHale style jump shot) or playing catch. He was never upset when he had to repair a dent or replace a broken a window from an errant throw.
Tim welcomed his son-in-law, Travis Peterson, to the family in 2006. He viewed Travis more like a son than an in-law. They would spend hours battling it out on the cribbage board.
Tim’s pride and joy were his three grandchildren, William Timothy, Thomas John, and Stella Jean. He was an amazing grandfather and loved spending time watching his grandchildren in their various activities. He spent a lot of time in recent years watching them at soccer, baseball, gymnastics, basketball or in their school programs.
After graduating from Winona Senior High School in 1969, Tim enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the USS Oriskany as a weapons specialist in Vietnam. Tim was honorably discharged on December 15, 1975.
Tim is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Nicole (Niki Lynch) Peterson; son-in-law, Travis; grandchildren, Will, Thomas and Stella Peterson; sister, Molly (Jerry) Urness; brother, Dennis (Joni) Lynch; sister, Peggy Lynch; mother-in-law, Elizabeth Perrella; and several nieces and nephews.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Alice; sister, Susan Kerrigan; niece, Colleen Kerrigan; and father-in-law, Nick Perrella.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, with the Reverend Michael Cronin officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Please share a memory of Tim at his online guestbook and view his video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.
V.F.W. Post #1287 will present military honors following services at the funeral home.