Timothy Joseph Vestring, 62, passed away April 1, 2013 in Canon City, Colorado. He was born June 28, 1950 in Wichita, Kansas to Joseph Ambrose Vestring and Mable Irene Lovell Vestring.
He grew up outside of Odessa, Texas, in the Phillips Petroleum camp of Goldsmith. He reminisced often about many adventures in the camp with his friends.
He graduated from Odessa High School, Odessa, TX in 1969. He attended college and graduated from Southwest Texas College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement.
After graduation from college, he worked as a Texas State Highway Patrolman. Later, he took a job as a mainline engineer for Phillips Pipeline, the same company his father retired from. After a motorcycle accident in 1994 that claimed his left leg below the knee, he went back to school at Otero Junior College where he earned his Licensed Practical Nurse degree. He worked as an LPN at Amarillo Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and later at the Bruce McCandless Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Florence, Colorado. During that time he went back to school for his Registered Nurse degree, commuting from Canon City to La Junta while working. After successfully earning that degree, he attained the position of Nurse II. Later he transferred from the Colorado State Nursing Home facility to the Colorado State Department of Corrections – Fremont. He medically retired from that facility in June 2012, when the chemotherapy he was receiving made it too difficult to continue.
On December 5, 1993, he married Cheryl Ann Dowell in La Junta, Colorado. Together, they gave life to three daughters, Taylor Nichole, Katie Shay, and Mackenzie Brooke, all of the family home. He is also survived by a son, Daniel Joseph Vestring of Lubbock, Texas, and two daughters, Sarah Ann (Landon) Miller of Odessa, Texas, and Jenny Sue (Chad) Holdeman of Butte, North Dakota. He was most proud of them all. He is survived by grandchildren Tyler and Michael Holdeman, Haiden and Nathan Miller, and Brittany Ann Dowell. Tim is also survived by his younger sisters Judy (Don) Davis of Spring City, Pennsylvania, and Sharon Gay Massey of Odessa, Texas. He was preceded in death by his beloved father and mother, his older sister Susan (Palmer) Clark, and his stepson, Seth Andrew Dowell.
Tim was a member of CMA, a Christian motorcycle group, and he was a member of The Gideon’s International. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Canon City, Colorado, where he grew to know many friends/family in the Body of Christ.
Tim was an avid lover of animal nature, motorcycles, and outdoor life.
He will be greatly missed and forever loved by many, and we praise God that we will be reunited with him in peace through our Savior Jesus the Christ in whom we have eternal life and are strengthened at all times.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice staff for their excellent care and support during Tim’s time on hospice. A special thank’s to his brother-in-law, Terry Dowell, who is a retired hospice nurse. He not only provided 24 hour support, but he also shared stories with Tim of their mutual love for fishing and hunting.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Canon City, Colorado. Burial will be at a later date in his family burial grounds in Burns, Kansas, with family in attendance.
Arrangements handled through Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes.com