Frank Timerman (1858-1924) was the father of Minnie Elsie (Timerman) Bright (1887-1938), who was the mother of Neil Bright (1919-2012), who was Curt Bright’s grandfather.
Frank Timerman was born in Henry County, Illinois, October 15, 1858, and passed away Jan. 28, 1924, age 65 years, 3 months and 4 days. He came with his parents to Richardson County, Nebraska in the spring of 1869 and settled on the farm that always afterward was his home. He was married to Miss Elvira Jones of Muddy township Christmas day of 1876. To them were born six children: Lydia, wife of Charles Noa; Amos; Minnie, wife of Clarence Bright, survive; three preceded their father in death: Leota, who was the first wife of Charles E. Bright now of Gentry, Arkansas; Robert and a little babe. Mr. and Mrs. Timerman were married at Rockport, Missouri.
Besides his wife and family he leaves to mourn his loss twelve grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two sisters and two brothers: Mrs. George Shuck of Guide Rock, John Timmerman of Neodesha, Kansas, Mrs. Ed Gilbert and Jason Timerman both of Stella. The great-grandchildren are Vernelle McKenney, Kent Noa Griffiths and Carrol Eugene Noa.
Elder Sapp of Nemaha preached the funeral at Prairie Union church Thursday afternoon, the procession leaving the home at two o’clock after Elder Sapp had offered a prayer. Elder Sapp took for his text Job 14:1 15, and his theme was in fourteenth verse of this chapter. Rev. S. Miller of Prairie Union offered prayer at the church.
The pallbearers were John W. Higgins, C. W. Higgins, Clennie Gates, William and Clarence Noa, Albert and George Weaver. Very beautiful flowers adorned the casket. From the family was a pillow, from grandchildren an anchor; and aside from the flowers from individual friends, there were tributes from Degree of Honor, Muddy Center School and Community Circle.
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Kimsey, Mrs. Bert Steadman and Ralph Evans with Miss Mildred Wright as accompanist sang “God Will Take Care of You,” “Does Jesus Care” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.”
Among those who came for the funeral were George West of Guide Rock, whose first wife was Mr. Timerman’s sister Hattie; Mrs. George Shuck and her daughter, Mrs. Roy Bailey, both of Guide Rock; John Timerman of Neodesha, Kansas; Milo Ball of Falls City.
Mr. Timerman represented the best type of a farmer, and his farm was always a model with improvements, fertility of soil, the general up-keep, order and neatness. He and Mrs. Timerman were surrounded with every thing to make their home comfortable, and with their beloved children and their families near, life had indeed been happy and pleasant for them. During the forty-seven years of their married life they gradually changed the pioneer improvements, and the present residence and all that is now on the farm, they placed there themselves, and these improvements are as a monument to their efforts of industry and endeavor. Elder Sapp in his sermon spoke of Mr. Timerman’s long residence in Nebraska and how in that time this pioneer settler had seen the raw prairie change.
Mr. Timerman was a devoted husband and father, always greatly concerned for the welfare of those near and dear to him, and was an ideal grandfather. He was a good friend and neighbor, and was ever ready and willing to bear his share of neighborhood responsibility. He took much interest in Muddy Center school, and for many years was a member of the school board.
Mr. Timerman was apparently in his usual health when suddenly stricken with neuralgia of the heart, and lived only a few minutes thereafter. As was his custom, he helped Mrs. Timerman “clear up” the dinner work, and then they took their usual mid-day rest and sleep, after which he went to the home of the son Amos, as he had planned to cut hedge that afternoon. Arriving at the home of Amos, he mentioned about having been taken with a pain, saying he thought it would soon pass, and went with Amos to work, but upon arriving at the hedge was obliged to lie down. Soon Amos knew the danger and went for team and wagon, and Mr. Timerman himself got into the wagon and lay down on the comforts that had been placed for him. Mrs. Amos Timerman asked to try to make his head rest easier, and the last words he spoke were to her – that he wanted to lie still.
Distance from hedge was short, but he passed away before the home of Amos was reached. Dr. Andrews, who had already been called, arrived soon, and upon his advice, remains were taken direct to his own home.
The news was broken to Mrs. Timerman as gently and tenderly as possible, but the shock was so great that she was completely prostrated for the next two days, though by Thursday afternoon had rallied sufficiently so as to be able to attend the funeral. She is remaining at her own home, and the children and their families have been taking turns staying with her.
We have lost our father,
He has bid us all adieu;
He has gone to live in heaven,
And his form is lost to view,
Oh, that dear one, how we loved him!
Oh, how hard to give him up!
But an angel came down for him,
And removed him from our home.