Timothy Tolon obituary (2021) – Helena, MT
Timothy Matthieu Tolon
Timothy Matthew Tolon, 69, died on August 20, 2021 in Clancy, MT from complications from diabetes. Tim was born July 21, 1952 in Deer Lodge, MT. Tim was the oldest of seven children, born to Lois (Potts) and Richard (Moose) Tolon.
Tim attended schools in Anaconda, MT, Livermore, CA, and Helena, MT. He graduated from high school in Helena, MT, and worked for the state of Montana for 27 years. Diabetes forced him to retire, but he continued to lead productive and fulfilling lives until recent years.
In Tim’s younger years he enjoyed working with his uncle Frank Potts on the Helmville ranch and later with Todd and Eldon Voss, helping with work related projects in the Helmville area.
Tim was a faithful and devoted Catholic, attending Mass regularly. He sometimes met the Helmville Community Church to celebrate with his fellow citizens among his many friendships.
Tim was well known around Deer Lodge and Helmville affectionately, as his daily walks and volunteer work with the PAWHS Humane Society made him many friends. Tim’s smile and wave always won a “Hello, Tim!” From the locals. Tim was dedicated to the impounded and beloved dogs of PAWHS, and it was a great pleasure for him to walk them from the shelter around town… to the dogs’ delight!
Although Tim has a reading disability, his many acts of kindness and accomplishments are due to his supernatural talent for matching people to their needs. He was very mundane in his sense of spotting and locating items, real estate rentals and sales, pets, vehicles, firewood, etc. for those looking for a match. He helped so many people with his keen awareness of what people needed and didn’t take the time to match things up for so many people.
Between his love for helping and caring for animals, going to rodeos to watch horses, a ladies’ champion and collecting various items for his enjoyment, Tim was, unbeknownst to him, a city treasure… A person who was always ready to go. help others and give a smile and a kind word or deed.
He has proven that his limitations do not block him against many obstacles. He has contributed to his community in so many ways, and it has brought him happiness. Limits did not define Tim’s life. His heart did.
Tim is survived by his mother, Lois Tolon, Helmville, MT; brothers, Tom Tolon of Colorado Springs, CO, Dan Tolon of Bluffton, SC, and Mike (Lesley) Tolon of Helena, MT; sisters, Terese Penix from Omaha, NE, and Luanne Antila from Elliston, MT; nephews and nieces, Destine Tolon, Lisa (Max) Schneider, Eric (Heather) Tolon, Cory Tolon, Brett (Marlena) Tolon, Sean Tippin, Brandon (Emily) Antila, Bo Antila and several great-nephews, nieces and cousins.
Tim is predeceased by his father, Richard (Moose) Tolon; brother, Ed Tolon; brother-in-law, Danny Antila; and nephew, Alec Tolon.
Sometimes angels are dressed up as people with special needs to teach us how to be better people.
The Rosary will be prayed at 10:30 a.m. with a funeral mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday September 4 at Saint Thomas Apostle Catholic Church, 108 Main St in Helmville, MT. Interment will follow mass at Helmville cemetery. A reception will follow the funeral at the Helmville Community Center, MT Highway 271. Suggestions for donations in memory of Tim in lieu of flowers: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Helmville, MT, Helmville Community Club, PAWHS Humane Society, Deer Lodge , MT, or donor choice. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer your condolences to the family or to share a memory of Tim.
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