Timothy Dean Plett, age 59, of Johnsburg passed away July 28, 2021. He was born on April 4, 1962, in Waukegan, Illinois to Charles and Ruth (Raether) Plett. Also known as Big Tim, Mr. P, Big Guy, Fat Guy, Timmy’s Hair, Uncle Tim, & most importantly Dad & Grandpa.
Some of Tim’s hobbies and interests included but are not limited to:
-Taking pictures of work machines that only he understood. Abbvie and his work family were a huge part of his life.
-Throwing small children as high as possible into the air or pool
-Knocking down trees in the forest for firewood, at the awe of his children, nieces, & nephews
-Known for his obnoxiously large bear paw hands & solid handshake
-Dancing… you wanted him as your dance partner at a wedding as he’d spin you around in flawless fashion
-Quadruple fisting beers
-All things planes & aerospace, if he could do it over he’d have been an astronaut
-Being fiercely protective over his family and friends
-Building massive castle-like structures in his backyard & woodworking
-Buying excessively in bulk; Costco was his home away from home, and his grandkids were beneficiaries of king size candy bags
-He was so smart- taking things apart just to understand how they worked and putting them back together with ease
-He loved his mom, always impressed with her artistic talents, and his sisters and their continued support with raising his family, even if they said he had paws.
-Camping was a favorite past time that he was planning on sharing with his grandkids.
-Guiding his girls through a car estimate so they didn’t get taken to the bank.
-Fervent tool collector– You better put it back where you got it!
-The History Channel was a favorite along with Andy Griffith and any old tv program that bored his children out of their minds
-Watching his kids excel at all sports, which dominated most of his adulthood**
-Finding any excuse to hop a plane to see his love in AZ
-Although you couldn’t tell by his size, he was fast… for about 20 feet
-His hugs, oh his hugs. He’d wrap you up and you could stay there forever
-What a sense of humor, anyone near him was laughing. Always quick-witted and ready for a quick burn or witty reply
-His stories were funny, vivid, and loud. He was the best storyteller
-Having sweet, sweet hair that he passed down to his doppleganger sons & grandsons
-A booming voice, fueling things like “We’re going to be late for church!” or “Dammit this is going to cost a fortune”
-For such a monstrous man, he was the epitome of kindness & support
-Visiting his grandbabies was always a highlight, he planned on taking them to Arizona this week for a just-with-Grandpa-adventure
-Assuring he was at the hospital for EVERY delivery of all his Grandbabies
-If you were a friend of his, look out because he’d support the hell out of you. Fundraiser? How much? Volunteer? When? Cook something? I’ll order it. He loved his friends so, so much and the people he surrounded himself with were a definite reflection of the person he was and the life he lived.
-Doting on his daughter-in-laws, how smart, talented, successful, & beautiful they were. And always commending his sons-in-laws on raising their babies & guiding them through fatherhood. You couldn’t find a prouder person on the planet.
-He loved family events, vacations, weddings, get togethers… he loved planning, partaking, and seeing everyone brought together.
-Being the most amazing dad & grandpa. It was his sole mission in life.
Often heard by the community, “You know he’s not just your Dad, he was a Dad to a lot of people” and if there’s any solace in this awful situation, it’s that Dad would have loved hearing that. He devoted his life to his kids and the people who loved his kids. What an amazing legacy to leave behind. We’re devastated he can’t continue with his grand plans in life. But there is a gigantic angel up there, probably woodworking a massive structure he’ll only have halfway done by the time we get there to see him again.
Tim is survived by his mother: Ruth; his children; Jacqueline (Erick), Timothy (Jessica), Christine (William), Brittany, & Nicholas (Evisa); his grandchildren: Eva (Eeeeva), Benjamin (Batman), Grace (Graaaaciiiie), Lincoln (Linky), Logan and Colton (nicknames were still to be determined by Dad), and all the grandchildren he’ll eventually get to watch from heaven. His fiance: Tami Hartman & her daughter, Zoe. And his sisters: Sue Weber, Pam Plett, & Linda Plett.
Tim was proceeded in death by his father, Charles Plett and brother-in-law, Ward Weber. We know Dad, Uncle Ward, and Grandpa will be watching over us.
Visitation will be at the Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 from 4-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 10am at St. John’s Catholic Church, 2302 Church Street, Johnsburg, IL. And a celebration of Tim’s life will follow at Johnsburg Community Club, 2315 Church St, Johnsburg, IL 60051 from 11am-3pm. Please feel free to bring any photos and great memories of Dad to share.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. For information, please call the Funeral Home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends and loved ones may share memories of Timothy on his tribute wall. Courtesy of the family, please wear masks when indoors.
In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to the Lions Club in honor of our dad. Checks can be made out to the Johnsburg Lions Club or Venmo to Lions Club Secretary, Bob Cravens.
If he could do this over, he wouldn’t change a thing, he would continue to be the steadfast and amazing father he was and we will miss him more than words can ever express.
To sign the digital guestbook that will be printed for the family after the service visit https://jfh.link/plett.