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Obituary: Birge, Timothy James

BIRGE, Timothy James (12/06/1957- 08/25/2014) Timothy James Birge passed away on August 25, 2014 at a skilled nursing facility in Spokane, Washington with his family by his side.

Tim had been diagnosed with cancer in September 2013.

He put up a hard, courageous fight during his last year.

Tim, the youngest of four children, was born to Cecil and Irene Birge on December 6, 1957 in Odessa, WA.

He was raised in Harrington, and graduated from Harrington High School in 1976.

While in high school, Tim participated in golf and basketball, and played drums in the high school band, following in the footsteps of his two older brothers.

Tim attended Eastern Washington University and obtained a license to sell life and health insurance.

Eventually, Tim shared an office with his dad who was a long time New York life agent.

On May 24, 1980 Tim married Lynn Marie Via from Spokane.

Together they had two amazing sons, Kevin and Nik.

Tim enjoyed listening to music, fishing, reading and playing on the computer.

He was also an avid Seattle Seahawks and Mariners fan.

Tim was a Christian and served the Lord as best as he could in his final days.

He was very much loved by the many people he touched during his battle with cancer.

Tim is survived by his son Kevin in McMinnville, Oregon, son Nik and his wife Caylee, and granddaughters Maddyn and Mila of Moscow Idaho.

He is also survived by his sister Sharon Heimbigner and her husband Doug of East Wenatchee, WA; brother Dennis Birge and his wife Marlis of Lacey, WA; brother Mark Birge and his wife Tenley from Lake Oswego, OR, and several nieces and nephews.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Irene Birge, his paternal grandparents Ules and Norma Jean Birge, and maternal grandparents Ed Schoenberg and Evelyn Naylor, and a number of aunts and uncles.

Family members request that donations be made to your favorite charity in memory of Tim.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Harrington Memorial Cemetery.

A reception will follow.

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