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Tim Lawrence

September 9, 1972 ~ November 15, 2023 (age 51) 51 Years Old

Tim Lawrence Obituary

Tim Lawrence, 51, of Coldwater, MI, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023 from heart failure. Born Sept. 9, 1972, in Ft. Wayne, IN, he was the son of Barbara (Botts) Lawrence and the late Ron Lawrence. Tim had a joyous childhood growing up on Elmbrook Dr. with his brother Pat, enjoying the simple pleasures of a 1970’s neighborhood full of great families, kids, sports, running around, and adventure.

He was blessed to have two devoted and loving parents with a spectacular group of friends, and a kind and caring extended family active in his upbringing. Holidays, parties, playing sports, and summers at the lake cottage were always a highlight. Tim enjoyed all manner of boating, water-skiing and other opportunities that the lake life provided, and this time would instill in him a life-long attraction to the water. In these early years, he and Pat bonded closely, palling around at the lake on vacations: exploring channels and woodlands, sailing together (they were so small it took the two of them,) and fishing.

Tim went to Northrop High School in Ft. Wayne and was a friend to all. He excelled in the music and marching band program, ultimately graduating to one of the coveted drum major positions. His close high school friendships stayed strong throughout his life and are a testament to his spirit as a friend and confidant to many.

Tim attended Vincennes University, received a degree in aeronautical maintenance, and worked for a number of years on airplanes in Chicago and elsewhere. His work life after that was dedicated to real estate and insurance, working for many years at Heritage Insurance.

On September 9, 1995, he married Shannon Meier from New Haven, IN. Their 28 year marriage produced an immense joy in Tim’s life–his children. Jenna and Ty were very active in athletics, and Tim adored working with them, helping them grow, and attending games. Tim always wanted to be there, whether it was softball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, or lacrosse. Ty just entered college at Indiana Tech on a lacrosse scholarship. Jenna recently began her first job out of nursing school at Eskanzi Health in Indianapolis, and he was immensely proud of them both.

As an adult, Tim loved spending time at the lake with his parents and family, helping out, entertaining friends, and being a part of the beautiful community Ron and Barb had surrounded themselves with at Coldwater Lake.

Tim had just put the boat and jet ski away for winter and was coming off a joyful summer at Coldwater Lake with lots of time spent with his children. Right before his passing, Tim had spent two lovely days with his mother, Barb, who lives in a memory care community in Winston-Salem, NC, near Pat. They enjoyed laughing, smiling and walking together. Tim had also visited her for her birthday at the end of October, which is a blessing.

With his outgoing personality and sense of humor, Tim made friends everywhere he went. From his early childhood friends and the still rock-solid group from high school, through all his workmates, to the many other people he would endear himself to along the way. Tim never met a stranger, and countless people from all directions deeply loved him.

Along with his mother, Barb, Tim is survived by his children, Jenna Lawrence of Indianapolis, IN, and Ty Lawrence of Ft. Wayne, IN; their mother, Shannon Meier Lawrence of Ft. Wayne, IN; and sibling, Pat (Martha) Lawrence of Winston-Salem, NC.

Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, from 4-7pm at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave, followed by a casual Celebration of Tim's Life from 7-10pm at Pine Valley Country Club, 10900 Pine Mills Rd.

Graveside Service will be Saturday Nov. 25, 2023 at 10:30am at Sorter Cemetery, 592 Old US27, Coldwater, MI. For additional information, photos or to sign the online guest book, go to

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tim’s memory to the Alzheimer's Association or any dementia-related cause of your choosing.

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November 24, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Divine Mercy Funeral Home
3500 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805

Graveside Service
November 25, 2023

10:30 AM
Sorter Cemetery
592 Old US27
Coldwater, MI 49036


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