Obituary of Timothy Joel (TJ) Van Valkenburg
Hudson – Timothy Joel (TJ) Van Valkenburg passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, September 13th upon leaving church. He was born in Wauseon, Ohio on Christmas Day, December 25, 1984, the youngest son of Pastor Bill and Rosalyn Van Valkenburg. He had two older brothers, Billy (Aumend Cunningham) of Adrian and Andy (Desiree’) of Maumee, Ohio. TJ grew up in Seneca, Michigan where his father served as Pastor of Seneca Community Church. When TJ was young, his parents purchased the Sager property across the road from the church primarily to give the three boys plenty of room to run and explore. Early in his life, TJ developed a great interest in athletics and it was not uncommon for a large group of neighbor boys in Seneca to converge in the Van Valkenburg backyard for a game of tackle football or baseball and their infamous in-the-road hockey games. One of those neighborhood boys, Josh Etter, became family and remains the fourth brother to this day.
While attending Morenci High School, TJ served as the starting quarterback for the JV football team, and he lettered in baseball and golf. He was Morenci’s #1 golfer his senior year, served as captain of the golf team and was selected as a member of the All-County Golf Team. His interest in golf continued throughout his lifetime as he was willing to drop whatever he was doing to head to a golf course if given the opportunity. TJ was a die-hard Red Wings Hockey fan in his younger years, and he enjoyed attending the games in person. Throughout his life he remained a loyal University of Michigan Football fan and you did not want to disturb him while either the Detroit Lions or Tigers games were being broadcast on T.V.
TJ graduated from Morenci High School in the Class of 2003 and received one of the first scholarships ever awarded by the Morenci Education Foundation. He attended Cedarville University for one year, but decided attending college was not for him. He much preferred working with his hands and creating things made with wood. In his adult life, TJ became known as Tim. In 2006 he was offered a job with Dow Construction Company in Portsmouth, Virginia. He spent the next 10 years of his life living and working in Virginia and was able to learn much about the construction business. It is during this time that he developed a special bond with his nephew, Austin Baxley and Crystal VanValkenburg.
In 2009, a friend arranged for him to go on a blind date with a young lady that had just moved to town. There was an instant connection between Tim and Lydia Hill – probably Tim’s beautiful eyes. It was great shock to learn that Lydia was originally from Adrian, Michigan and that they had attended Lenawee Christian Elementary School together. After dating for two years, they were married on the campus of Hillsdale College on September 17, 2011 and attended a Detroit Lions Football game the next day – the first day of their honeymoon.
After the birth of their first daughter Payton, Tim and Lydia decided it was time to move back home. On a leap of faith they both quit their jobs and packed the truck. In December of 2015, the VanValkenburg family arrived in Hudson, Michigan Tim immediately went to work establishing his own business, V Squared Construction. Tim took great pride in his work and found meaning in mentoring and teaching young men the carpentry trade. Tim loved hard. He loved his work, he loved his life, he loved his friends and he especially loved his family.
In 2017 the Van Valkenburg’s welcomed daughter number two, Blake, into the world. Tim valued traditions, so birthday hats were worn and cupcakes were served as the group of close family sang Happy Birthday for Blake’s arrival.
Tim was completely unapologetic for who he was. He was strong as ox, a cat-man to Lydia’s dismay, proud of his superior beard and would take the opposite side of an argument purely for debate’s sake.
He enjoyed sitting out on the front stoop talking with his wife nearly every night from the day they met. And above all, Tim will be remembered for his huge heart.
Visitation for Tim will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020, from 2-8 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Adrian. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Adrian, 3625 Hunt Road, Adrian Michigan 49221. Officiating Pee Wee’s service will be his dad, Pastor Bill Van Valkenburg. A private burial will be in Packard Cemetery. Due to the COVID –19 Pandemic, masks are highly encouraged. You may send condolences to the family at eaglemarryfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tim’s memory may be made to his daughters. Arrangements have been entrusted to Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Hudson.
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