Obit: Timothy J. “Tim” McLean

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Timothy J. “Tim” McLean, 62, of Devils Lake, N.D. passed away on Monday evening, July 29, 2013 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., with family at his side.  

Funeral services for Tim will be held on Friday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Devils Lake with Rev. Lori Broschat officiating.  Burial will be at a later date. Military Honors will be accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post #756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team.  Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. with a prayer service on Thursday at 7 p.m.  Visitation on Friday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.  

Serving as casket bearers for Tim will be Brandon Hall, Scotty Schmaltz, Jamie McLean, Jason McLean, Jonathan Wirth and Jeff Skaar. Special Music by Lynne Webster and Sherry Kurtz.

Tim McLean was born May 18, 1951, to John “Jack” and Marjorie McLean. He graduated from Munich High School in 1969. Tim served with the North Dakota Army National Guard at Cando, N.D. for a time. He was united in marriage to Pat Hall on July 7, 1973.  He worked in the lumberyard business his entire life. He started working at Robertson Lumberyard in Munich, N.D. and later moved to Devils Lake and worked as Manager at Great Plains, UBC and later ProBuild.

Tim enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and gardening.  He built a cabin with his sons where he enjoyed spending time each summer with his family. He was always quick with a joke and no one escaped his teasing. There was nothing he loved more than his wife, his children and his grandchildren.  He was a fighter until the very end and his family will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife Pat of Devils Lake; children, Sara (Aaron) Bruce of Bozeman, Mont., Chad McLean of Devils Lake, Ryan McLean of Grand Forks,  and Lindsey (Mark) McLean Egan of Duluth, Minn.; grandchildren, Taylor, Eli and Emery Bruce; his brother, John McLean of Walhalla, N.D.; sisters Marc (David) Borden of Knoxville, Tenn. and Lori (Gary) Wirth of Munich; many loved nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Marjorie McLean, his father and mother-in-law, Ernest and Ethel Hall, and several aunts and uncles.

Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Tim at

Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.