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Tim Nolte

Tim Nolte

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03/18/23 09:15 PM #1    

Bruce Miller

Timothy J. Nolte

Timothy J. Nolte
Nolte, Timothy J. Age 68 of Herrenburg, Germany and Rio Verde, AZ. Tim passed away suddenly Jan. 30, 2023; in Rio Verde, AZ, moving onto eternal life with the Lord. Tim was born in Waseca, MN, on March 17, 1954 and moved to Edina, MN in 1958. Tim attended Edina High School and Played Varsity football and was a Nation Merit semi-finalist. After graduating from EHS in 1972, he was accepted to Air Force Academy in Colo. Springs where he spent a year, only leaving after he discovered that wearing glasses made him ineligible to become a pilot. Tim eventually continued college at the University of Minnesota graduating with an engineering degree. After graduation he was hired by Hewlett Packard where he capped off a 39 year career. During his time at HP he was transfer to Germany where he met his bride to be Ilona. They were wed in 1986 and 1987 Ilona gave birth to their only child, Christopher, cementing Germany as Tim's permanent home. He spent the next 40 years loving his wife and son, learning the language, traveling the continent and creating numerous friendships. His work took him all over Europe where he is credited with bringing many of HP's new products to the European market. Tim's talents were many, but one that will truly be missed was his ability to tell a great joke. You could always count on a hilarious joke anytime you were in his presences. He also loved to assist in the kitchen; making gourmet meals with his Ilona. Many of his other talents ranged from building furniture from IKEA, assisting others build their stereo systems and anything computer related. Tim was patience and kind in all areas of living life, and to all those that were fortunate enough to know him. Tim's greatest and most endearing role was being a good father to his son Christopher, and a loving husband to his wife Ilona; he excelled at both. Tim had a love for a good Syfy book, enjoyed the Greatful Dead eternally, and found joy in anything Christopher was interested in. Tim was a great listener and was always there for family and friends throughout his life. Tim is preceded in death by his mother; Marcy, brother Chuck; Mother-in-Law; Rita, many uncles and aunts and both sets of grandparents. Tim is survived by his wife; Ilona, Son; Christopher (and Carlota), Father; Don (and Clarice), Sister Anne Luther (and David) Step Brothers; Craig (Kimberly) Lunaas; Eric (Michele) Lunaas; and Step Sister Britt Ann (Joe) Portillo. Nephews: Charlie, Blake (Nikki) and Niece (Lauren). Step Nephews and Nieces and several Great Nephews and Nieces. A small Memorial service was held in Rio Verde, AZ; Feb. 4, 2023. A Celebration of Life service in MN. will be held at a later date. If desired Donations can be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund(JDRF). Interment Lakewood Cemetery
Published on March 19, 2023 Star Tribune

03/18/23 09:30 PM #2    

Jim Joyce

I am greatly saddened by the recent death of our classmate and friend, Tim Nolte. Though we played football and had a few classes together I really didn’t get to know Tim better until the last few reunions and years. Even though he lived in Germany, he’d come to Minnesota at Thanksgiving almost every year to be with his dad, sister, Anne and other family.  That included sharing a cigar with his dad, even as Don has lived into his 90s and still enjoys a cigar or two.  After a dad visit Tim and I would go out, sometimes with a few other friends, usually to Pub 819 in Hopkins to enjoy a few beers, stories and a meal together.

As I got to know Tim better, I could see he was smart (sometimes a smart-aleck), kind, funny and a good guy to just hang out with.  When he was here a couple of Thanksgivings ago, I asked if he would help our reunion out with finding and putting up a new class website.  He said he didn’t know much about designing a site, but after he looked more closely at the Class Creator platform he said, “Sure I’ll help and think I can figure most stuff out.”  Which he did with flying colors, as well as maintaining and improving the site as needed. We couldn’t have done it without him.

Now I’ll miss our zoom meetings, emails, chats, his humorous quips and our swaps of music favorites, concerts and travel stories.  Btw, one of Tim’s three favorite bands was the Grateful Dead.  Deadhead all the way.  On his profile his responses to the Words of Wisdom question was “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”  Wise man.  Then his financial advice, “The best way to double your money is to fold it in half.” Wise guy.

We’ll miss you, Tim. We’re grateful that you graced our lives back in those high school days and beyond, and you did so with kindness, helpfulness, good humor and such great spirit and charm.  May you Rest In Peace and Rise In Paradise.




03/19/23 12:05 PM #3    

Jay Carpenter

What a horrible shock to get this news! I knew Tim in grade school.  We were in Boy Scouts together, went to summer camps together, and later on shared great times on summer trips with the Explorer Scouts. (He is in some of the photos in my profile.) We played on the football team together, where I was the guard opposite to him, and we interacted quite a bit in this regard. I remember Tim as a fun and funny fellow who was quite unassuming and humble about his own accomplishments.


Although I did not have much contact with him after High School, in our brief correspondences over the reunion website, it seemed that we just picked up conversations where we last left them off. I was looking forward to seeing him at the reunion, and was disappointed to hear that he was not to make the journey from Germany. I just assumed I would catch him at the next one…


I think it’s fitting that Tim left me the following message on August 11 of last year: “I will say that Life is Fatal. Everybody who has ever lived will or has died... So, make sure and be thankful for every day.” Good advice, Tim.


Although I was shocked and greatly saddened by the news of his sudden death, I was not at all surprised to hear that he was a loving son, husband and father; that just fits with what I knew about Tim.  My prayers go out to his family, and I will pray for his soul daily.


Rest in Peace, Tim.

03/19/23 10:09 PM #4    

Rob Lunn

It's hard to add memories to classmates who have passed on. Looking at the list at our 2022 reunion was tearful. I knew Tim from afar, but have great memories of our time together sharing sports memories. I now live in New Mexico and only wished I knew he spent so much time in AZ. I recall times he and I had at lunches and playing cards at study hall. I'm amazed to learn of his career at HP and living in Germany. He will be missed.




03/20/23 12:47 PM #5    

Carolyn Trimmer

It is with deep sadness to learn of a classmate passing. RIP Tim Nolte. Your epitaph is amazing, except it came too soon. My wish is that we all hear those wonderful, affirming words when we cross the theshold, "Well Done!" To all your family and friends: May your sorrows of Tim-knowingness be carried with blessings, solid and strong...and may you meet up with this beloved soul again.

03/21/23 11:13 AM #6    

Kevin Hirschey

As Jay said, "What horrible news..." I grieve that another classmate has passed on.  I didn't have much contact with Tim but reading Jay's, Jim's, Rob's and Carolyn's comments about him and his obituary he led a life well lived. To go to work in Germany, marry a German national and permanently make a life abroad without the advantages that I had stationed in Germany of a military base or of the state department for "American things" demonstrated how capable and how adaptable he was.  Not to mention his help with the Edina72 wedpage from Europe. Kudos to him.  I grieve with his family, his friends and classmates for our loss. Comfort and peace to all who mourn his passing.

06/04/23 12:28 AM #7    

Bruce Miller

With sad hearts and many good memories of our friend and classmate, Tim Nolte, there will be a memorial service for Tim and his family 

Monday, June 12 at 11 AM 

Crossview Lutheran Church at 6645 McCauley Trail West in Edina

Visitation is 10-11 AM

Burial services will follow immediately at Lakeview Cemetery in Minneapolis with reception and light lunch afterwards in the Lakewood Mausoleum 

Among many things that Tim did and accomplished in his life, he was also instrumental in getting our current E72 website up and running smoothly so we could reach out to our many classmates both before and after our 50th reunion last August. He brought his web skills, good humor and ongoing willingness to "get things done."  We miss our good friend and classmate and celebrate all that he was and did throughout his truly wonderful life.  Please let us know if you plan to attend the burial and lunch at Lakewood. 

If you want to contact the family with condolences or rememberances of Tim, you can reach his sister, Anne, at 

For more about Tim, please visit the In Memory section of our website at

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