Obituary: Timothy John Bletcher

March 26, 1954 – Nov. 27, 2020 

Timothy John Bletcher, 66, of the Town of Sevastopol died at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

He was born in Milwaukee to Edgar George and Jennie Florence (Murphy) Bletcher. Tim graduated from James Madison High School in Milwaukee in 1972. While growing up and after high school, he worked for Schwister Ford. He was an award-winning mechanic, lover of all motor vehicles and was jokingly known as “Timmy the Tool Man.” Then Tim worked as a bus driver for 10 years at Joy Farm Transportation.

He began his career as a certified water operator for the Village of Sussex, where he worked for more than 21 years until he fulfilled his dream and retired to Door County in 2014. Tim then worked as a bus driver for the Sevastopol School District for six years. He also worked for the Town of Jacksonport as a maintenance technician. Tim was truly a jack-of-all-trades who could fix just about anything, other than the food he burnt on the grill.

On May 4, 1996, Tim and Claire Jean (DeStaercke) were united in marriage by his father, Rev. Edgar G. Bletcher, at their home in Sussex. The two were members of West Granville Presbyterian Church. Tim was a dog lover, specifically, his St. Bernard and miniature schnauzer breeds. He enjoyed traveling throughout Wisconsin with his family, camping and boating. He made sure to never miss a Fourth of July parade or firework display. Tim was an outgoing, fun-loving guy who made a friend everywhere he went and always captivated people with his jokes and stories.

Tim will be missed by his loving wife of 24 years, Claire; daughters, Jennie (Casey) Patrick of De Pere, Amanda (Kevin) Rasmussen of De Pere, and Emily (Tom) Heidemann of Grafton; grandchildren, Olivia and Mason Patrick, Zach and Ethan Rasmussen, and Kaylee and Piper Heidemann; sister, Lois (Rob) Pearson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Edgar G. and Jennie Bletcher.

A memorial service will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5 pm, with Rev. Dee M. Anderson of West Granville Presbyterian Church officiating. To watch the service, visit and join the meeting using the meeting ID 874 220 7796 and password HFH2001. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tim’s name to the West Granville Presbyterian Church (6935 N 107th St., Milwaukee, WI 53224-4316) or DOOR CANcer (P.O. Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235).

A tribute page is available at


Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020
5 pm
1414 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235


P.O. Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

West Granville Presbyterian Church
6935 N. 107th St., Milwaukee, WI 53224
Tel: 414-353-8680

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