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Timothy Emerson

August 9, 1956 – September 28, 2017


Emerson (2)Timothy Emerson, age 61, of Monroe, passed away at 2:22 p.m. Thursday in his home after being diagnosed with Esophageal cancer just four short months ago.


Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, October 2, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Scripture Service will be held at 6 p.m. with Deacon Mike Stewart presiding. He will lie in state at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the church Pastor, Rev. Fr. Raymond Arwady, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born August 9, 1956 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Glenn and Elizabeth (Marchese) Emerson. Tim attended Monroe High School, graduating with the class of 1974. He met Rhonda Mallicoat at Petes Garage in Monroe whom he later married on August 18, 1984 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroe. Tim and Rhonda spent many years boating on their 24 foot Sea Ray, gardening, and entertaining friends and family.


Following in his father’s and Grandfather’s footsteps, Tim was employed as a Journeyman Pipefitter, becoming a member of the United Association of Journeyman Pipefitters on March 6, 1975. He earned his HVAC certification in 1994 and was a proud and active member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 671, where his father and grandfather were past presidents. From 1994 to 1999 Tim also worked for Daimler-Chrysler Corporation as a pipefitter. Tim was an avid supporter, educator and defender of workplace safety and took great pride in teaching, as well as mentoring, young people interested in going into skilled trades.


Tim began drag racing in 1972, racing at the Detroit Dragway and Milan Dragway in his 65′ Mustang. Later on Tim introduced his children to the sport with the Junior Drag Racing League. Tim and Rhonda supported their children racing as a family for over 17 years. Tim was the Crew Chief for both his daughter, Lindsay, and his son, Ryan, using a special, beat-up and broken screwdriver nicknamed, Austin Coil, after the former Crew Chief of NHRA Champion drag racer John Force, to tune their engines at the starting line and no other screwdriver would do. In addition, Tim spent many years supporting his children in other sports including volleyball and hockey.


He was a more than avid University of Michigan football fan and season ticket holder since 1978, having lots of unique memorabilia that includes a Maze and Blue lawn tractor and mailbox. In addition to attending U of M football games and racing, Tim enjoyed hunting; bowling, once bowling a 298; golfing and spending time with his family. He was a jack-of-all-trades and was able to fix or install anything. Tim was a great husband and father and will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.


To cherish his memory, Tim leaves his loving wife of thirty-three years, Rhonda; two children, Lindsay (David Davis) Emerson and Ryan S. Emerson both of Monroe; one brother, Joseph Emerson of Ohio; and four sisters: Rebecca (Samuel) Gutierrez of Monroe, Karen (Jerome) Wagoner of Ohio, Maria (Terry) Pursley of Monroe and Tina Emerson of Monroe.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George and Cecelia (Roberts) Emerson; maternal grandparents, James and Lillian (Gillenkirk) Marchese; and mother and father-in-law, Edward and Elsie (Haynes) Mallicoat.


Memorial contributions in Tim’s memory are suggested to Oaks of Righteousness Christian Ministries, Monroe.


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7 Responses to Timothy Emerson

  • Rhonda, Lindsey and Ryan…our hearts are breaking to hear this. Tim was so proud of his family, and supported you all in everything you did. He was a great man and we are just so sorry for your loss. Please let us know if we can help in any way. Prayers and hugs.. Kristin, Rich, Brandon (Autumn) and Nick

  • David and Karen Sieler says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Tim’s passing. We still live in the same house on N. Roessler Street. Tim, and all the other Emerson kids grew up with our 5 kids running, biking, and playing, from morning till night. Glenn and “Betty” would be so proud of all Tim had accomplished in his life cut short on this Earth.

    Long ago neighbors and friends Dave and Karen Sieler

    P.S. Not to pick favorites, but “Little Tina” was always my favorite …Dave Sieler

  • Denise Samu says:

    Rhonda – So sorry to hear of the diagnosis and the loss of your husband. May you, Lindsey and Ryan be blessed with the love of family and friends at this changing time in your lives. As you move through the upcoming days and your future, know that he will be watching over you always with loving eyes and a caring heart. My heart aches at the loss of such a wonderful person who I only knew through you, so sorry to hear of the loss of at such a young age. Prayers from our family to yours.

  • Kathy Myers says:

    Rhonda, Lindsay, & Ryan, I’m so sorry and saddened by the loss of Tim. He was such a friendly and geunine man. When I think of Tim, my thoughts immediately go to how he was always so genuinely happy for others successes or talents, be it with his children, my children, and even a strangers child. I remember how he insisted I watch a recording of a young girl singing (on The Voice, I believe) and how excited he was for this girl and her talent. He ranted and raved about that young girl and was so happy for her. When I think of Tim, I remember of how he always had great conversation or some may call them debates. But no matter what he was talking to me about, it was always with enthusiasm and genuinty. I pray that you all may find peace and comfort in rememberance the joy he brought to so many. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  • Phil laZette says:

    RIP brother GO BLUE always enjoyed talking Michigan football with Tim

  • Kaye Absalom says:


    I just heard about Tim and I am so sorry. I went to your wedding and I hate to say it, but that was the only time I ever met Tim. I know David thought the world of him so that and the fact that you were married for 33 years, tells me that he must’ve been a great guy. You and your kids are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs!


  • Jeff & Diane Hazel says:

    October 1, 2017

    We met Tim and Rhonda and Lindsay in 1995 when we became their neighbors. We were immediate friends! Tim and Rhonda were so welcoming and Tim had a smile and sense of humor that never ended!! He enjoyed teasing and joking with everyone! I’ll never forget how much he enjoyed telling the story of how he had convinced Lindsay as a child that he truly could make it snow any time he wanted. Football, football, and more football!! I never really gave the game a second thought until I met Tim Emerson. Then it became a matter of intellectual self-defense if I didn’t at least pretend I knew what he was trying to explain to me about the game he loved so much!! If there’s a football team in heaven, Tim will have season tickets! Thank you for allowing me to share just a few fond memories of Tim. Such a great guy will be missed dearly by anyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. May God bless Tim. Rhonda, Lindsay and Ryan- our love and prayers are with you.

    Jeff & Diane Hazel, Mason, OH

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