Closed his eyes peacefully to this world on Wednesday August 25th, 2021 at his home in Goodman. Tim was born on February 19th, 1954 in the Ovitz Hospital in Laona. Tim was welcomed by his mother Wilma Labine, father Ferdinand Labine and sister Donna to their lifelong home in Long Lake. Tim attended grade school in Long Lake until consolidation with Florence into a unified district, where he graduated in 1972. He worked construction jobs until buying his first garbage truck in 1975. Great Northern GP offered the first solid waste collection service in rural Forest County. His business later grew to include campgrounds operated by the Nicolet National Forest.
Tim married Pamela Gazler on May 23, 1977 and welcomed a stepson Jesse and later a daughter Rebecca to their home in Newald. After selling Great Northern GP to GAD of Iron Mountain, Tim moved his family to Goodman in 1991. He became interested in mining exploration and worked for BHP as a geo tech. When drilling and exploration ceased in Northern Wisconsin, he turned to trucking and heavy equipment work. Also when needed he was his parents caregiver for many years.
Tim is survived by his wife “best friend”, Pamela; daughter, Rebecca (Chad) Copiskey and their children Ruby and Harper and step-daughter Mallorie of Balsam Lake, Wis; step-son, Jesse (Megan) Nichols, his son Briar, and their children Myla and Harley of Armstrong Creek; sister, Donna Stanz of Red Granite; brother-in-law, Stanley (Elizabeth) Gazler; and niece and nephews: Wendy (Dean) Mathison of Red Granite, Walter Stanz and children of Kenosha, and Wayne (Julianne) Stanz and children of Sturgeon Bay. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sonny; and a nephew, Michael.
In everyday life Tim was a kind and gentle man. He enjoyed making sushi and cooking for his wife, slipping the grandkids cookies, taking Ruby fishing and hunting for mushrooms. He was a maker of beautiful music on the guitar, stained glass windows and all things food. He made electrical things work and computers function. He fixed most of his own problems unless it involved paperwork.
Funeral Service will be held at 12pm (Noon) on Thursday September 2, 2021 at St. Norbert Catholic Church, Hwy 139, Long Lake with Father John Cerkas officiating. Visitation is from 10am until the time of Tim’s Service at church. A lunch will be served immediately after at the Long Lake Town Hall.
Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting Tim’s family.