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Visitation and service Saturday for Ken Timm

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Ken Timm, owner of Sleepy Hollow Leather/Lock and Key, passed away October 17, 2019, after a duel with cancer. Never one to shy away from a fight (and he admitted he might have started a few just for the fun of it), he battled hard, but could not beat cancer.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Everett Timm, his brother, Frank Lange, his Aunt June and Uncle Max Timm, and his nephew, Bobby Lange.

He leaves his wife, Lori (Porter) Timm, his son, Jacob Thomas (Monica) Timm, granddaughter Teagan Timm, and his sister Nancy (Robert) Lange. He was a special force in the life of his extended family, including his nieces Emma, Audrey, and Lydia Porter, and Deborah (Brad) Andersen, nephew Michael (Lisa) Lange, as well as his brothers-in-law, Brian (Tina) Porter and Harlo Porter.

Testament to his life as a man who could be counted on to provide for others, Ken leaves also a cadre of friends, many of whom picked up the mantel and provided help to Ken and Lori in his last months. Raised in Hammond, Ken left the area to serve in the military and has lived in California, Hawaii, and, for a time, in a tipi in Marion, Indiana. While he described Lori as the love of his life, a very close second would be motorcycles, specifically Harley-Davidsons. He bought his first one when he was 14 (and had to hide it at a neighbor’s house so his mother wouldn’t know) and has owned one ever since. When asked what he liked so much about riding, he answered quickly and with a smile: Everything. He traveled all over the U.S., but said his favorite places to ride were out west, especially Wyoming, but more locally, he and Lori would ride and camp in Southern Indiana. Ken led a life of service for country, community and in faith. He served in the Navy from 1964 to 1968 on the USS Hancock Aircraft Carrier and the USS Mactobi tugboat, in the China Sea and all over Southeast Asia. He was a member of Porter County ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) for 37 years where he often led and participated in charitable work to serve the community and veterans. Ken also served on the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals for the Town of Porter for 17 years and he and Lori were members of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, of Valparaiso, where Ken served as a Deacon. We remember Ken for the fighter and servant he was, as well as the embodiment of love, fun, and mischief.

Services for remembering Ken will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 2:00 p.m., with visitation for the family at 1:00 p.m.

Both the visitation and service will be held at 1st Christian Church (DOC), 1507 E. Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46383.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ken’s honor may be made to VNA Hospice, 501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383, or to the Wounded Warrior Project at

Arrangements made with Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304. To leave online condolences to the family, please visit


Posted 10/21/2019




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