Timothy R. “Tim” Harkness

Timothy R. “Tim” Harkness

Timothy R. “Tim” Harkness, age 67, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly at 9:08 p.m., on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at www.behrfuneralhome.com.

Tim was born on May 12, 1952, in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Robert A. and Rose L. (Herold) Harkness.

Tim graduated from La Porte City High School, Class of 1972. He would go on to join the U.S. Navy and honorably serve his country from 1972-1975. He was united in marriage to Cathy Parker on August 26, 1972, they would later divorce. Tim would be fortunate enough to once again find love, and would marry Sue Noack Freisinger on March 5, 2004. He was always a hard worker and was employed with the Waterloo John Deere Works for several years, until the lay offs during the 1980’s. During that time he went to work for several area farmers before moving to Grand Prairie, Texas, where he found work as a welder at Gifford Hill. When the economy rebounded, Tim returned to La Porte City and his job at John Deere until his eventual retirement. In his free time, Tim enjoyed fishing with his parents, chasing after that elusive hole-in-one on the golf course or sitting quietly reading his latest book by his favorite author, Louis L’Amour. He was also a wiz in the kitchen, his delicious meals and baked goods were appreciated by all. Family was definitely the most important aspect of Tim’s life. He loved spending time with Sue and the children, building Lego creations with his son, Tommy, and everyone knew the grandchildren were no doubt the apples of his eye. We are deeply saddened at losing Tim in our daily lives, but are thankful for the countless memories we have made throughout the years and will cherish forever.

Those left to cherish Tim’s memory include

his wife,
Susan “Sue” Harkness, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Christine (Jeffrey) McFarland, La Porte City, IA,
Catherine (Steve) Twitty, Oelwein, IA,
Jaime Harkness, La Porte City, IA,
Jenni (Colton) Gaede, Tripoli, IA
and Tommy Harkness, Dubuque, IA;

his step-children,
Chrissy (K.C.) Freisinger-Griffore, McFarland, WI,
Robert Freisinger, Dubuque, IA
and Joseph (Stephanie) Freisinger, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Marrysa Harkness, MacKenzie (Devon) Spooner, Timothy McFarland, Nathan Harkness, Paige Dulin, Logan Dulin and Dalila Freisinger;

his 1st great-grandchild expected in May;

his siblings,
Lorraine (Darryl) McFarland, La Porte City, IA,
Ruth (Russell) Richards, Lorena, TX,
Doris (Bruce) Parker, La Porte City, IA,
Franklyn Harkness, La Porte City, IA,
Kenneth (Elena) Harkness, Waterloo, IA,
Tony (Kay) Harkness, Crowley, TX,
Joseph Harkness, Bruceville-Eddy, TX,
Robin (Mandy) Harkness, Cedar Falls, IA
and David (Deborah) Harkness, La Porte City, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Rick Arbaugh, Webster City, IA.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Marlene Arbaugh.

Tim’s family would like to thank the staff from UnityPoint Home Care, and all of the First Responders who helped care for Tim and assisted the family, your kindness is very appreciated.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.


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6 condolences for Timothy R. “Tim” Harkness
  1. Jim and Roxanne Heiderscheit says:

    So sorry for your loss Sue. If there is anything I can do, please call let me know.

    Love you. Jim and Roxanne

  2. Jodi Neuses says:

    Sue, I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jodi (Habel) Neuses

  3. Mary Dement says:

    Sue, I wanted to convey my condolences to you and your family, I am so sorry for your loss. God bless, you will be in my prayers. Marylou Dement (John Murray’s baby sister)

  4. Joe Tilp says:

    Very sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers. Please let Tommy know that everyone in Pack 55 will be thinking of him.

  5. Karen and Matt Cavanagh says:

    We are so sorry for you loss. My son, Ryan, is in Pack 55 and hope you know we are all here if you need anything. Thinking of you all.

  6. Jayne Curtis says:

    My deepest sympathy Sue. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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