Richard Anthony Tilmann, Jr.
September 18, 1943 - February 12, 2007
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2007 at the Ziibiwing Cultural Center, 6650 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, (phone 989-775-4750) beginning with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served at a reception from 5-6 p.m., followed by a tribute to Richard’s life, with a dinner for friends and relatives following the tribute.
Friends wishing to remember Richard with a memorial contribution have been asked to consider Hospice of Central Michigan or HATS (Humane Animal Treatment Society). Envelopes are available at the Helms Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
Richard was born on Saturday, September 18, 1943 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of Richard Anthony and Dorothy Alice (Kroll) Tilmann. He married Catherine A. (Habes) Ford on July 27, 1996 in Mt. Pleasant. Richard was a resident of the area since 1967. A man of many talents, Richard retired from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe where he was employed for 15 years, retiring as the Business Development Director. He taught at the college level at Northwood Institute and at Central Michigan University in the IT Department. Richard was likely the first person in Mt. Pleasant to own a personal computer. He enjoyed ‘playing’ with the many computers he had at home. He enjoyed working with Linux, and wrote his own computer language called Data Basic, and owned and operated a company in downtown Mt. Pleasant called Data Basic. When he taught computer classes at CMU, he was on the leading edge of computer technology. Richard enjoyed science fiction, painting, playing poker, and had continually evolving interests and hobbies. He was a very eclectic man.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy; a daughter Gwynn Stangle Tilmann and her fiancé Bradley Holley of Mt. Pleasant; his mother, Dorothy Tilmann of Elkhart, Indiana; three brothers, Barry and Marci Tilmann of Safety Harbor, Florida, Steve Tilmann and his wife Adrian Bass of Charlotte, Michigan, and Doug and Betty Tilmann of Elkhart, Indiana; sister, Sherry and (James) Hood of Jackson, Michigan; brother-in-law, Bob and Cathy Habes of St. Charles, Illinois, and John J. Habes and Kathy Buckland of Glenview, Illinois, his dear and trusted friend, Sharon Tilmann of Mt. Pleasant, and extended family, Dave, Patty, Vicki, and Stephen Krcmarik and Loretta Judge Ruby, all of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard (Dick) Tilmann.