Tim and Kim O'Brien

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Tim and Kim were out to dinner with family Saturday, December 29th, 2018 at a restaurant near the O’Brien family cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin. The family recalls that while at dinner, Tim and Kim were filled with joy; at one point, Kim remarked “Look at how happy Tim is! He is so happy.” After dinner, the family parted ways; some by snowmobile and some by car. Tim and Kim left together on a snowmobile. It was a beautiful night and they told family they were excited to enjoy the ride home. When Tim and Kim did not return in a timely matter, the family called 911 and a massive search led by many professionals and volunteers from the surrounding area and family began. They were found in Webb Lake the following morning. Tim was a very experienced snowmobiler, but due to the newly opened and unmarked trails the snowmobile went through the ice.

Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019 from 4-8 pm at White Funeral home in Apple Valley, MN. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 5 at 11 am at Risen Savior Catholic Church in Burnsville, MN. There will be a celebration of life following the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 1 pm at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in Lakeville. In lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to Children's Home and Lutheran Social Services (https://chlss.org/chlss/one-time-donation/) (please designate Eastern Social Welfare Society), Parkinson's Foundation (https://www.parkinson.org/?_ga=2.14579506.423418106.1546458808-1214611878.1546458808) and Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  (https://www.cctwincities.org)

Tim was born on June 12, 1961, in St. Cloud, MN, to Thomas “Tom” and Suzanne “Sue” (Bringgold) O’Brien. He attended Burnsville High School and graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville. Tim worked for Tension Envelope for 35 years. He always made the best of every situation with his patience, light-hearted jokes, welcoming hugs, and contagious laugh. Tim was always quick to step up to any task to help those he loved.

Kim was born on July 12, 1962, in Colorado Springs, CO, to Clarence “Buzz” and Kathryn (White) Bowser. She attended Cathedral High School in St. Cloud and graduated from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. Kim worked for Westview Elementary School. She was known for her kind and compassionate spirit, her infectious smile, and service to others. Kim always put the needs of those she loved before her own. 

On June 25, 1988, Tim and Kim were united in marriage at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph, MN. They raised two children, Torrin “Torry” Joseph and Margaret “Maggie” Inah.

Tim and Kim were preceded in death by three parents; Sue O’Brien and Buzz & Kathryn Bowser. They are survived by their beloved children Torry (Laura) and Maggie; Kim’s brother Brandt (Cindy) Bowser; Tim’s father, Tom, and siblings Kelley (Don) Johnson, Kate (Gregg) Stevens, and John (Nancy) O’Brien. Also survived by 11 nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Kim and Tim touched so many lives and their best qualities will continue on in their children and their entire family. We are all better for having had them in our lives and we are honored to pay it forward.

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