Charles R. Petrach
Dwight D. Timm died peacefully on February 26, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving wife, Sharon, family, friends and his three beloved Westies after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Dwight is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Nikki; son-in-law, Craig; grandchildren, Barrett, Jordan and Madeline Johnson of San Francisco, Calif.; sister, Marlys Legler of Jamestown, N. D. and numerous nieces and nephews. His first wife, JoAnn preceded his death in 2006.
He was a much-loved friend of many, and a mentor of a lucky few. Dwight was born and raised on a North Dakota farm and attended the University of North Dakota earning a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. He enlisted in the Navy in 1956 and received his Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator in 1958. He graduated from the Empire Test Pilot School in England and spent two years as a test pilot. In 1971, he was selected to be the Executive Officer (XO) of Fighter Squadron 96 (VF-96) and then the Commanding Officer (CO) in late 1972. For two consecutive years (1971-72), aided by his leadership, the squadron received the Adm. Joseph Clifton Award given to the most outstanding fighter squadron in the U. S. Navy. In 1980-1982, Dwight commanded the USS Tarawa (LHA-1). Among his military awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), the Bronze Star, numerous Air Medals and Navy Commendation medals. After retiring from the Navy, he worked for McDonald Aircraft and then retired to the Northern Neck of Virginia.
Dwight had many community involvements including, Training Officer, Fleet Captain, Commodore in local Yacht Clubs and a Paul Harris Fellow of KIWS Rotary Club. He and his wife, Sharon, enjoyed traveling, skiing, sailing, both cruising and racing and won numerous Racing Awards. To quote John Henley, the Commodore of YPRCC, "Dwight was one special guy, great sailor, former Commodore and one heck of a competitor. I miss him already and will particularly miss him sailing Silver Fox as only he could sail her".
A memorial service and reception will be held at their Lancaster residence at a later date. A military service and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery , date to be determined.
Sharon Timm requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be given to Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital Cancer Center, P. O. Box 1449, Kilmarnock, VA 22482 for a plaque in Dwight's memory, or Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck,
P. O. Box 262, Warsaw, VA 22572.
Sharon and family wish to acknowledge the excellent care that was given by Joseph Bessler, MD, Michael Steinberg, MD, RN's and the staff of Bon Secours Cancer Center at RGH.
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Rick Holly
Charlie, do you remember him? I left Tarawa Feb 1979.
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Charles R. Petrach
Yes thought he was a great CO
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