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Matthew Charles Timmel, 78, of Newburgh, Ind., passed away peacefully with his wife and dogs by his side, Thursday, November 9, 2017, at his home. He was born February 14, 1939, in Evansville, to Curtis and Carman (Sensmeier) Timmel.
Matt was a true community servant. He retired from Evansville Fire Department after 33 years of service in 1994. He started his career as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Captain and then retired as District Chief. Matt was instrumental in starting the Special Ops Division at EFD which included rope and water rescue, and the HAZMAT teams. Matt joined Newburgh Volunteer Fire Department upon his retirement in 1996 serving 17 years as a Firefighter, Captain and Assistant Chief until 2015.
Matt had a love for the Ohio River. He was an avid fisherman and boater. Matt owned Osborn Boat and Motors and worked for East Side Marine in fiberglass boat repair after his retirement. He was a founding member of Evansville Thunder on the Ohio and served as Race Pit Chairman for 30 years. He was a member of the Newburgh Parks Advisory Board and Park’s Board for many years and was instrumental in caring for the Newburgh river front boat dock.
Matt was the life of the party and shared his contagious laugh with his family and friends any chance he got.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Matt is survived by his wife of 31 years, Tammy (Roland) Timmel; daughters, Jodie Buckley (Stan), Julie Nicholson; 3 grandchildren, Grant, Alexa, and Logan.
The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and health care workers that cared for Matt over the years.
A Funeral Service with Full Fireman’s Honors will be held 11 a.m., Monday, November 13, 2017, at Titzer Family Funeral Homes, Simpson Chapel, 510 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, Ind., (812) 853-8314. The Reverend Father Joseph Ziliak will officiate.
Visitation for Matt will be 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association memorial service at 6:45 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Warrick County Humane Society or Chemo Buddies in lieu of flowers. Sympathy wishes to the family may be shared at www.titzerfuneralhomes.com.
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