Timothy Leal Lawhead
November 6, 1951 – July 7, 2021
CHAMPAIGN – Timothy Leal Lawhead, 69, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after battling cancer.
Tim was born in 1951 to Francis and Louise (Miebach) Lawhead (deceased) in Urbana, IL. He is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Regina (McClain) Lawhead, his 3 children Michael(Amanda) Lawhead, Marie(Todd) Christensen, and Melissa(Eric) Barber; 4 grandchildren, Emily(Davis) Grubb, Ethan Lawhead, Taven and Faith Christensen. His children and grandchildren reside in Utah. He is also survived by 6 siblings, Terry(Michele) Lawhead, Sharon Lawhead, Tracy Lawhead, Tina(Dennis) DeMoss, Todd(Kirsten) Lawhead, and Tharla(Mike) Palumbo. They all reside in the greater Champaign-Urbana area.
A selfless man, Tim was an exemplary husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, & patriot who will be greatly missed. He never knew a stranger and could talk for hours about any topic. He was generous and had a big heart for helping those less fortunate, including volunteering for the Special Olympics. In retirement, Tim loved working as a school bus driver at Unity School District transporting sports teams and children with special needs.
Tim was a U.S. Veteran with time served in the Vietnam War and continued service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve. He specialized in telecommunications in his active duty, reserve, and civilian capacities serving many years at Hill Air Force Base, UT. Work took him around the world, befriending people of all nationalities and cultures.
Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, July 13, from 5-7 PM, beginning with a Rosary at 4:30 PM at the Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Rd., Urbana, IL.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Church, 708 West Main Street, Urbana, IL. A burial ceremony will commence shortly after at Calvary Cemetery in Philo, IL. Services will be officiated by Fr. Co & Fr. Walder.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Carle Cancer Center for Philanthropy (611 West Park, Urbana, IL, 61801) or St. Thomas Grade School (311 Madison St., Philo, IL, 61864). Condolences may be offered at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com.
The family expresses heartfelt thanks to Dr. Rowland, Dr. Stanic, the Carle Cancer Center staff, Home Care and Hospice teams for their loving care and support.