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Timothy John Fruin

Timothy John Fruin was born on September 19, 1952, to Duane and Marie (McGuire) Fruin. A proud Cottonwood native, Tim was baptized at St. Clotilde Catholic Church and received First Communion and was Confirmed at St. Mary’s. He graduated from Cottonwood High School in 1970. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Government from St. John’s University; a place to which he remained connected throughout his life, most recently attending the big “Tommie vs. Johnnie” football game at Target field with family and other alumni. On November 27, 1982, he was united in marriage to Lori Lewis, who remained his best friend and partner for over 35 years. Tim and Lori had two children, daughter Katie and son Cody. During his career, Tim drove truck for his family business, worked for Koch/Kane Industries, and McLaughlin & Schulz. Most recently, he worked as the Transportation Manager for Turkey Valley Farms for over a decade. Serving as mayor for ten years, there were few as enthusiastically supportive of Cottonwood. Tim’s intelligence and thirst for knowledge was evident to all. He was a voracious reader, especially science fiction, and famously looked forward to the daily crossword puzzle in the paper. Tim was a loyal sports fan, following the Minnesota Vikings and local baseball teams, especially the Cottonwood Cardinals. Most of all, Tim was passionate about his family. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, always the biggest fan at their activities. Tim passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at his residence in Cottonwood. He is survived by his wife, Lori, of Cottonwood; children Katie Fruin (and Travis) of Marshall, Cody (and Hayley) Fruin of Cottonwood; grandchildren Jocelyn, Jett, Juliana, and Weston; siblings Peg Hauge of Cottonwood, Pat (and Sean) Carmody of Marshall, Kathy Lazo of Minneapolis; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws.

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Lori and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort.

JoAnne Fraunfelder Apr 21 2018 2:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Timothy Fruin

Marty Kane Apr 20 2018 8:47 AM

I first talked to Tim in 2005. He started out as a customer but he became a friend. We only had lunch a couple times a year but we talked 4-5 times a day. Even if it wasn't about business. We shared the SJU stories of the past and talked a lot of politics! I will miss those conversations. RIP "Turkey Tim."

Marty Kane Apr 20 2018 8:47 AM

From all of us at Marcus Food, we were sorry to hear this morning about Tim. Tim was one of the very first people I talked to when I started working. Always enjoyed our conversations. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Sincerely, Dawson Rolwing

Dawson Rolwing Apr 19 2018 10:24 AM

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved one. Losing someone you love is the most difficult thing a family will ever do. May Bible promises bring comfort. Revelation 21:3,4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. God has promised us a new world, no more sickness, pain or death. A world without mourning and crying, to be reunited with our loved ones by means of the resurrection hope Jesus spoke of at John 5:28,29 "the hour coming in which All those in the Memorial Tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ken Apr 19 2018 5:12 AM

Lori and family you are all in our prayers.

Gary and Sue Fritz Apr 18 2018 9:48 PM

Words cannot express the sadness in my heart. I have known Tim since Little League Baseball. We became friends then and that friendship has lasted 55+ years. Even if I had not seen Tim for a couple months or more when we met it was just like we had seen each other the day before. This is the time for sadness but do not forget to celebrate all the great times you shared with Tim. I certainly will!!

Doug Spanton Apr 18 2018 9:27 PM

From all of us at Ryder, our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I will miss our conversations about football at St. John's and Bemidji and officiating and solving the worlds problems. Rest in Peace.

Fred Kiewatt Apr 18 2018 7:17 PM

My most sincere condolences to all of the family and friends Tim left behind. Thanks for letting Kathy and I invade your space and play Barbie dolls in your room while we were young and a pain in the neck, Tim. Will see you in heaven one day - save me a spot.

Angie (Bartels) Kroll Apr 18 2018 6:59 PM

Pat, our deepest condolences to your families. May your memories provide you comfort during this difficult time. Cathy Schlagel and Chuck Freiss

Cathy Schlagel Apr 18 2018 5:34 PM

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