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Timothy George Tuel

d. April 13, 2019

March 13, 1959 ~ April 13, 2019


Monday, April 15, 2019

4:00 – 8:00 PM

Family will greet friends from 4:00 – 7:00 PM

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Avoca, IA

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A Rosary Service will be held at 7:00 PM at the Church


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

10:30 AM

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Avoca, IA

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Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Avoca, IA


Wife – Denise Tuel of Shelby, IA

2 Daughters – Amelia (husband, Brad Dwyer) Tuel of Des Moines, IA

Alyssa (friend, Philip Johnson) Tuel of Omaha, NE

1 Son – Taylor (girlfriend, Taylor Reinke) Tuel of Boone, IA

1 Sister – Vicki Vollmuth of Omaha, NE

1 Brother – Rodger (Nancy) Tuel of Berthoud, CO

Other Relatives & Friends

Timothy “Tim” George Tuel, the son of Leonard House and Ruby Irene (Brawe) Tuel, was born on March 13, 1959, in Greenfield, Iowa. He attended Atlantic (Iowa) schools and graduated with the Class of 1977. Tim completed the Automotive Mechanic Training program through Iowa Western Community College in 1978, and then attended and completed Diesel Mechanics training in Denver, Colorado, in 1979. On April 2, 1979, Tim began a 40-year career with Nebraska Machinery Company in Omaha, Nebraska.

On June 27, 1987, Tim married Denise Rae Dea at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The couple moved to Shelby, Iowa, in 1989.

Tim joined the Catholic Church in 1990, and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avoca, Iowa. Known as “Tim the Tuelman” to his friends, he loved staying active with various handyman projects, including gardening and landscaping. His most recent project was restoring his dad’s 1980 El Camino; the finished product received second place at the Avoca car show. Tim enjoyed skiing in Colorado, and had also taken part in RAGBRAI twice with his son, Taylor.

Timothy G. Tuel died on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at his rural Shelby, Iowa, home. He had reached the age of 60 years and 1 month.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother-in-law, Lyle Vollmuth. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Denise Tuel of Shelby, Iowa; two daughters, Amelia (husband, Brad Dwyer) Tuel of Des Moines, Iowa, and Alyssa (boyfriend, Philip Johnson) Tuel of Omaha, Nebraska; one son, Taylor (girlfriend, Taylor Reinke) Tuel of Boone, Iowa; one sister, Vicki Vollmuth of Omaha, Nebraska; one brother, Rodger (Nancy) Tuel of Berthoud, Colorado; and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avoca, Iowa, with Father Seth Owusu celebrating. Sondra Dea and the St. Mary’s Choir served as musicians. Tom Pattee was the lector, and Peter Dea, Joseph Dea, and Nora Paulson were the servers. Casket bearers were Amelia Tuel, Brad Dwyer, Alyssa Tuel, Philip Johnson, Taylor Tuel, and Taylor Reinke. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery, Avoca, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Shelby, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at
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