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Timothy E. Roush

Timothy Earle Roush, 63, of Plainwell, went to his eternal home Monday, Nov. 1.

Tim was born Nov. 15, 1957 in Three Rivers, the son of Nancy (Prowse) and Norman H. Roush, both of whom preceded him in death. Tim grew up in Three Rivers and graduated from Three Rivers High School, where he played varsity basketball and tennis, in 1976. He attended Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek and then Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

After a short stint as a police officer, Tim returned to Western Michigan University to study education and find his true passion—teaching. He taught at Starr Elementary School in Plainwell for 34 years, starting in 1988, earning numerous teaching awards and the love of generations of students. His favorite subject was science, especially space science. Tim’s students built and flew model rockets to learn the basics of physics, aerodynamics, engineering, and spaceflight, and were always taught that their future was among the stars. He led several classes of students to NASA’s educational programs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and attended NASA’s Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. himself as an adult student with other science teachers from around the country.

In 2018, Tim was recognized as having the Fox 17 – Grand Rapids Community College “Classroom of the Week.” His comment about teaching in the on-air segment: “It’s my life, to be honest with you.” And his students told the Fox 17 reporter: “He’s not like most teachers. He’s really special… he’s just the best teacher ever.”

Tim is survived by his wife of 39 years, Pamela (Piwnicki), whom he met at Nazareth College; two sons, David (Lynn) Roush and Peter (Terra) Roush; a grandson, William; a brother, Matthew (Susan) Roush; and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many dear friends and students who made it a point to visit him after they graduated.

In addition to his strong commitments to teaching and family, Tim was a longtime community volunteer, an active member of Plainwell First United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher for 22 years, and a Boy Scout leader from 1998 to 2011. He was also known for impressive Christmas displays at his historic 1869 Italianate home. Residents will remember him putting up an elaborate Christmas display for Halloween and dressing up as “Tigger” from the Winnie-the-Pooh books to hand out candy to thousands of children. He also served on the board of the Michigan Space and Science Center, worked weekends and summers doing many home improvement projects, and was a devoted University of Michigan and Western Michigan University sports fan. He attended every WMU home football game for more than 30 years, and the tailgates Tim and Pam offered to friends and family are legendary. He also loved reading, especially science and space books, as well as trips to South Haven and Holland on Lake Michigan.

Those attending the visitation or service are asked to please wear a mask.

There will be visitation from 1-8 PM, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, at the Winkel Funeral Home, 207 E. Allegan St., Otsego.

Funeral services for Tim will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at Plainwell First United Methodist Church, 200 Park St., Plainwell.

Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers.

The Plainwell Community Schools will also hold a memorial event for Tim. The date has not yet been determined.

Memorial contributions may be directed to a scholarship fund being established in Tim’s name through the Plainwell Community Schools. Contact the school district’s administration office for more information at (269) 685-5823.

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November 3, 2021 at 5:55 pm

Sympathy for Pam, David, and Peter.

I was lucky enough to teach 5th grade with Tim at Starr for many years. He was the quiet educator who was always checking in with students, and making a difference in so many ways. A special human.

May he Rest In Peace.


Bonnie Wydra

November 3, 2021 at 6:03 pm

There are just no words to express the shock and saddness of Tim’s passing. He was a beautiful example for all to follow and he always wore a smile. As he watches over his family may they find comfort in the many beautiful memories of him. Deepest sympathy.


Jeanne Fortier

November 3, 2021 at 6:11 pm

I am very sorry for your liss. Condolences to you all all of your loved ones.

Jeanne Fortier


Amy Stahl

November 3, 2021 at 6:37 pm

To my dear friend Pam, condolences to you and the family in the loss of your husband. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Amy S.


Jill Dunham

November 3, 2021 at 6:47 pm

Mr. Roush was the definition of a teacher. Both of my boys had him. From rocket club to the Christmas program to a room full of animals, everything was an opportunity to learn and discover. He was warm, supportive and enthusiastic. The shoes he leaves are massive!



November 13, 2021 at 11:50 pm

He loved interactive teaching to make sure everyone got something out of learning. Thank you


Kerrie Clark

November 3, 2021 at 6:56 pm

I’m 38. I haven’t spoken to Mr. Roush in over a decade, but I’m in tears thinking about him being gone. “Mr. Roush” is the answer to the question, “Who was your favorite teacher?” when I forget a password. The energy and passion and positivity he put into teaching and into building up his students is a modern miracle. I taught for all of one year and decided I couldn’t do it. We begged to stay in for recess to be his helper. I went to space camp over the summer. I don’t even really like space, but he made you like it. He never taught solely from a book. He gave us experiences I still remember in detail. I remember being spun around to represent the rotation and revolution of planets. I remember biting into Ritz crackers to show the phases of the moon. I went back to his classroom to give presentations. I stopped in when I was a substitute teacher to say hi. No matter how old I got, he always made me feel like a million bucks. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope there is some comfort in knowing how much better he made the world through his gift of teaching.


Dolores and Rich McHugh

November 3, 2021 at 6:56 pm

Pam and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Tim was taken way too soon. Our condolences and prayers are with all of you at this time.



November 3, 2021 at 7:08 pm

My son had him in 5th grade and went to space camp. He had an awesome time. My granddaughter is in his class this yr. She cried herself to sleep when mom told her the news. He will so be missed by many. So very sorry.


Michele Fortner

November 3, 2021 at 7:09 pm

Tim was such a sweet and kind person. He will leave such a huge hole in this world. God bless his family and friends. I’m so very sorry for your loss.


Pamela Ann Nivala

November 3, 2021 at 7:31 pm

Pam, We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Prayers for you and your family.

Deepest Sympathy,

Pam and Dick Nivala


Shari donovan

November 3, 2021 at 7:34 pm

Pam, Peter and family, I am so very sorry for your loss.


William Reedy

November 3, 2021 at 7:35 pm

Dear Pam, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your darling Tim. May he rest in comfort and peace forever in the sweet memories of his dearest loved ones.


Jerry Pascazio

November 3, 2021 at 7:38 pm

Pamela and family

Our sincerest sympathy on the loss of your hisband


Linda warner

November 3, 2021 at 7:43 pm

Mr. Roush was my son’s(Tyler Warner) favorite teacher! Rocket club sparked a interest in Science that Tyler took with him through out his school years. He had such a wonderful way of teaching and such patience with his students-especially my Tyler ♥️and I will be forever grateful for that!

I am so very sorry for your loss, but I hope knowing the positive impact Mr. Roush made on soooo many , will help you through the hard times. He truly was a very special person and will never be forgotten!!

Please accept my sincere condolences



November 3, 2021 at 7:43 pm

I graduated in 2002 but I always remembered you as a favorite teacher!! I am so sad to hear of your passing! My prayers go out to the family! RIP Mr. Roush!


Leslie Gray (Roush)

November 3, 2021 at 7:49 pm

Pam and family. My cousin Tim was very dear to us and though we didn’t see each other after childhood we kept up with him and he was never far from my thoughts. I loved going to Grandma Roush’s and being able to see our cousins Matt and Tim. Lori and I are the same age as they are and we spent a lot of time upstairs playing Star Trek! Lol. We always had a good times and loved going and visiting with Aunt Nancy. We were truly blessed. Tim will be missed. We will see him again when the Lord calls us up.


Chris VanDenBerg

November 3, 2021 at 7:52 pm

Sending our deepest sympathy to the Roush family.

Tim was a wonderful teacher, person and friend to all and he will be missed.

Prayers for his family, students and friends.

Michael and Chris Vandenberg


Anne Hartman

November 3, 2021 at 7:58 pm

The entire Hartman family sends our deepest sympathy to Pam, David, and Pete. Tim (Mr. Roush) was a beloved 5th grade teacher and a dear colleague. He will forever be missed.


Lisa Rasnake

November 3, 2021 at 8:05 pm

So many memories of Tim over the years as I was a custodian at Starr for about 20 plus years . He was a devoted teacher and coworker . The kids loved him . He loved the kids . Teaching was his passion . He formed so many clubs for the kids to join like rocket club , the space camp in Florida two of my kids were in these they had a blast . He will be truly missed by all . My heart goes out to his family and coworkers . RIP TIM also know as the rocket man FLY HIGH TIM ❤️


Scott Page

November 3, 2021 at 8:24 pm

Saddened to hear of Tim’s passing.

My deepest sympathies


Kim Olney

November 3, 2021 at 8:56 pm

Pam, I am very sorry for your loss, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!


Antoon&Lieve Brusselmans

November 3, 2021 at 8:59 pm

Dear Pam, David and Pete

Our heartfelt and sincere sympathy in the loss of your husband, dad and grandpa. Such a loss. May you and your entire family find comfort and peace in the loving arms of Jesus. Praying for strength 1 step at the time.


Madison Topp

November 3, 2021 at 9:11 pm

Mr. Roush was truly a bright light in the world. I cherish the memories of building rockets, cleaning his turtle tanks where I was not fast enough and the unfortunate one who drank some turtle water and even wrangling the turtles when the escaped from us as 5th graders. I remember trick or treating and being so excited to go see Mr. Roush dressed up as tigger, it made my night every single year. Words can not describe how deeply this hits all of his past and present students. My condolences to his family he will be missed by many plainwell students❤️.


Paula (Fox) DeSouza

November 3, 2021 at 9:23 pm

Pam, David and Peter-

I am so sad for this loss and what you to know that your family is being held in prayer.


Kelly Moore-Smith

November 3, 2021 at 9:23 pm

Pam and family, sending you tons of prayers, hugs and love.


Jim Niemi

November 3, 2021 at 9:26 pm

Mr. Roush was one of my favorite teachers. He had a special way of teaching so all would understand. His kindness and great laugh will be remembered. Rocket club was something I always looked forward to. The Alpha was the first rocket of many I made. And now I will teach my sons the same as Mr. Roush taught me. He will truly be missed. One of the greats lost. He is now a star in our vast universe that will shine on for eternity.


Jersie Larner

November 3, 2021 at 10:36 pm

Mr. Roush was the best teacher I had and will ever have he was the most caring and understanding person Ik and he will be missed like hell but Ik he’s watching over all of us Mr. Roush is one of the reasons I am still here he helped me for years with family problems to friend problems to just life problems he helped me sm when my sister got out of prison and when she got back on drugs he did everything in his power to help everyone bc that’s what made him happy him making other ppl happy and seeing a real genuine smile made him happy he was the best teacher out there he will forever be missed and never forgotten, Rest In Peace Mr. Roush



November 3, 2021 at 9:46 pm

I was blessed to work with Tim for the past 20 years. Our classes were reading buddies and you could see the genuine caring and love he had for all students. He always had a smile and the best laugh that was contagious! He had a deep love for his wife and sons as he always updated me on all that was going on. He will be deeply missed by his previous and current students and so missed by his coworkers at Starr! Sending Prayers for his wife and family.


Rick DeBlecourt

November 3, 2021 at 9:51 pm

We are deeply saddened to hear of Tim’s passing. We never think of such a happy and vibrant person not being with us any longer. I remember in past years his excitement about space camp and how Tim always love working with the kids.

He has left us way too soon and so abruptly.

We send our love and prayers to your whole family, God be with you all.


Rebecca, Colin & Ryan Burns

November 3, 2021 at 10:02 pm

Our hearts are breaking at the passing of Mr. Roush. He was a beloved Rocket Club teacher and an always friendly smile at church on Sundays. We will miss him greatly.


Dawn Edwards

November 3, 2021 at 10:23 pm

Dear Pam, David and Peter,

We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Tim. I think everyone in our community had been touched by his life at some point, and he had the uncanny knack of making everyone feel important and listened to. The lessons that he taught extend far beyond the classroom and remain with all as life lessons in how to treat other people with a warm smile and kindness.

We send our deepest sympathies to your family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.


Dawn and Morry Edwards


The Jones’s

November 3, 2021 at 10:24 pm

We celebrate with you the life Tim led and the students and people he touched and led to new horizons and successes! We mourn his sudden death with you too knowing he had so many more plans to touch the lives of many! Our daughters and ourselves were truly blessed to have known him both as a teacher and servant at First UMC Plainwell. Words cannot express our shock and sadness in his sudden passing. May the thoughts, memories and testimonials of so many be of comfort to you all during this very difficult time.


Matt Roberts

November 3, 2021 at 11:01 pm

I knew Tim since the 7th grade. We were on the track team, basketball team, and tennis team together. Many practices and bus rides together. Also on NHS together and many float building events (we always came in last). Such a standup guy in everything he did. Classy all the way and full of kindness and compassion. I don’t believe I ever saw Tim truly angry. You will be missed Tim. My prayers go out for the entire family but rest assured that Tim is smiling with Jesus.


Paul Dion

November 4, 2021 at 1:04 am

Pam, I am in shock at the loss of such a fine man who is so young. I will say some prayers for you and the children and hope that all the kind words said about him will bring you some piece of mind.


Jim and Christine Bingaman

November 4, 2021 at 1:08 am

Pam and family, our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. Find comfort in knowing Tim is with the Lord now and experiencing things we can only dream of right now.


Andrea Hublick

November 4, 2021 at 3:07 am

Mr. Roush made such a huge impact in so many ways.

I was a student at Plainwell, he was beyond one of the most impactful teachers. I moved around a lot and was honored to have him as my teacher.

I joined the rocket club and the memories and impact he left on me. The memory of his grace and kindness with his students is something I take with me to this day. At 39 years old I still think about him and wish I could go back in his class.

My heart is saddened by hearing of his loss,

To his family my condolences for this hard time,

Prayers and thoughts are with you.


Lynea Hartig

November 4, 2021 at 7:07 am

It seems impossible to believe that Tim Roush is no longer on this earth. Reading all these memorial posts assures me that he will never be forgotten by all the adults and children whose lives he touched. Tim and I team taught for several years falling into a good cop/bad cop routine. I think we can all guess who played the good cop. Mr. Roush had inexhaustible patience and empathy. In the two decades we worked near one another on the 4th/5th grade hallway I never saw him upset or angry with students. It seemed he intuitively understood the impact of trauma on children’s mental health and behavior before the rest of the educational world caught on. Teaching meant more to him than delivering curriculum. He wished to impart his passion for learning (decidedly slanted toward space science) to his students. Tim wanted each child to graduate 5th grade and say: Wow! That was a great year! And he succeeded. It was hard for kids to tell Mr. Roush goodbye on the last day of school in June and turn their sights toward middle school. Each fall dozens of middle schoolers showed up in the Starr office claiming to be Mr. Roush’s helper so they had a safe, soft place to land after the initial days of 6th grade. He welcomed each one. It was a rare sight to see Tim’s classroom ever without students even during lunch or recess. I cannot express enough the attachment children felt for this good natured, kind man. Over the years, the largely female 4th/5th grade teams depended on Tim to do any heavy lifting, physical chores, or just tasks we didn’t wish to do. He cheerfully complied with all requests. He will be missed at gatherings of the ‘oldies.’ You ran the good race, Mr. Roush. Rest easy.

I think Tim’s students would agree their teacher lived out these scriptures each and every day he taught:

Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. I Corinthians 13

Dear Pam, David, Pete and your families:

This is such a grievous loss. It will take a long, long time to feel even close to normal. The grief will become a part of who you are as individuals and as a family. Please know you will be upheld in prayer over the long haul by many, many folks who love you all.


Carl ILL

November 4, 2021 at 5:12 pm

Beautiful and eloquent comments Lynda. And all oh so true.


Pam Roush

November 5, 2021 at 9:09 pm

Lynea Hartig. Thank you for the kind a generous words, I know they are from your heart. He loved you all


Nancy Doster

November 4, 2021 at 7:11 am

I enjoyed working with Tim for several years at Starr. We shared a passion for science. My children (although not in his home room) loved when it was their turn to study space science with him. They enthusiastically participated in both rocket club and chess club. He always brightened your day with his smile & friendliness. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Sending prayers to his wife Pam and family. So sorry for your loss.


Bob Dobrowolski

November 4, 2021 at 7:25 am

I, like Matt Roberts (above), was a classmate and friend of Tim’s in Three Rivers. I echo all of Matt’s comments.

To the family: faith in Jesus Christ gives us the hope (guarantee) that you/we will see Tim again for eternity. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort you as you grieve Tim’s passing. He has been healed and is in God’s presence!


Laura Goethe

November 4, 2021 at 7:28 am

Dear Pam

We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband Tim. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

Bruce and Laura Goethe


Kathy Kranenburg

November 4, 2021 at 9:06 am

Dear Pam and family,

I would like to extend my sincere sympathy for your loss. I had the privilege to work with Tim at Starr for the last 14 years and can attest to the fact that he was indeed dearly loved. My role has changed this year in that I am now the substitute in Tim’s classroom, and I am here to say that there is NO substitute for him!! This group of kids is so special. Just last Saturday I spent nearly two hours with Tim going over what he wanted me to do in his absence. He literally took me around the room, stopping at each desk to discuss the individual needs of each and every student!! I am thankful for this privilege to fill in for everyone’s favorite teacher.

God bless you all,

Kathy Kranenburg



November 4, 2021 at 10:02 am

I’m so sorry he was a grate teacher and a grate person i hope you feel better soon.



November 4, 2021 at 10:13 am

I’m really sorry for loss i’min his class of 2021 and when I got the news I was heart broke because he was the number one

teacher. He was my favorite teacher and the other classes was heart broke when they herd about this stuff and again I am really sorry.



November 13, 2021 at 11:58 pm

Brody.?please know that all of our hearts are broke ken right now. I believe broken hearts heal when we think about making them that proud


Kelsey Moore

November 4, 2021 at 10:40 am

I am sorry for your loss Roush family, I remember him as ALWAYS having a smile on his face no matter what. I loved him as a science teacher as I did not have him as a home room teacher. I also remember years back at Halloween kids were coming from his house showing other kids that Mr. Roush was handing out Mt. Dew bottles. During Christmas I also remember the Santa, reindeer and his Sleigh on top. He ALWAYS had awesome decorations during holidays.


Linda Fisher

November 4, 2021 at 10:47 am

Pam — I am heart broken to hear of Tim’s passing. Not sure if you remember me but we went to Nazareth together and I was from Three Rivers as well so I knew Nancy and Matt. Tim was the best and I remember the two of you, meeting and becoming the cutest couple on campus. Tim tried to reach me tennis and after a few attempts we decided it would be best if I left the tennis world lol but we had so many laughs. I send my deepest sympathies to you and your family — sounds like Tim found his passion and touched so many lives. May you and your family find comfort wrapped in all of your loving memories. Much love


Mary Warner

November 4, 2021 at 1:03 pm

Dear Pam and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Tim was such a blessing to so many people. His dedication to the teaching profession was really appreciated by many. May you all keep his memories close and may God give you comfort during this difficult time.


Cathy Reed

November 4, 2021 at 1:33 pm

So very sorry for your huge loss. You and your family will be in my prayers!


Sandy Demyanovich

November 4, 2021 at 1:34 pm

My heart goes out the Roush family and to Starr Elementary School. He will be so truly missed. May all the good memories of Tim help heal your hearts during this sad time.


Sue Ellen Nelson

November 4, 2021 at 1:51 pm

Such a profound loss of an incredible human being! Tim had such an aura of love and fun! I don’t believe I’ve ever known a kinder person. His legacy as an educator will be lived out in the lives of all the students he inspired. Our deepest condolences to his family. Our hearts are broken.


Jamie Calder

November 4, 2021 at 2:42 pm

Pam and Family,

So very sorry for the sudden loss of your Husband /Father Tim. My heartfelt sympathies and love go out to you. May God be your forever comforter and memories that you hold sustain you. Sending a hug to you all…

Jamie Calder


Betsy Lee

November 4, 2021 at 2:45 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with Pam, David, Peter and families. Tim was a special person and an incredibly caring teacher. We started teaching at Starr School the same year. I always admired the kindness he showed all people, but especially the students about whom he cared so much. He touched many lives.


Zach F

November 4, 2021 at 3:19 pm

There’s so much I could say about how much of an impact Mr. Roush had on not only his kids lives but the community as a whole. This was a complete shock to me, as I am sure it was to everyone else. One thing I noticed, as a student, was that he never had favorites. I had far too many teachers that had favorites in their class , then those that were well enough liked and the unlucky few, like myself in some situations, that were completely ignored. Mr. Roush liked each and every one of his students equally and that’s the way it should be. He was dedicated, 150% to his job and the Starr School district. IT wasn’t a job for him, it was his life. He would be the first one to get to work and in many cases the last to leave at the end of the day. I knew the former because I like to go on walks early in the morning and I’d see him arriving bright and early at 5:30 or even earlier sometimes. I worked for the district in the food service program until 2014, when I had to leave, not by choice. But even after that I was still see him on my walks and he’d still talk to me. Ask me how things were going. I think my fondest memory of him when I worked at Starr was when he’d come in after all the kids had come and gotten their lunches and asked for food. We’d jokingly call it “begging” for food because everything was leftovers at that point and he wouldn’t have to pay for it. he wasn’t picky though. He’d take anything we would have to offer. he was funny and almost never seemed to be in a sour mood. as a student I really never wanted to go out on the playground, being very shy as I was and still am. not to mention having a major health scare the year prior. and so, along with my friend of mine, he would allow us to us his in classroom computer and we could play games on it. Well, one game (unless we wanted to play Solitaire). He had the Oregon Trail game on a CD. We were obsessed with that game. It was such an honor to be able to play games on his computer and it wasn’t that I was one of his favorites or anything, he just understood that I didn’t really like going outside. I still remember what his classroom looked like, 22-23 years ago…. I never shared his passion for Science, rockets especially but he made other aspects of learning fun. Especially math, which was my personal favorite. He just loved to teach. You made an impact on so many lives Mr. Roush. I hope you know this…. RIP.



November 20, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Zach, thank you for those heartfelt words. You were able to do accurately describe Tim. He loved all of his kids. The challenges that they brought. I think that is where some of his criminal justice background helped. He was shy as a kid and always carried a bible with him and that made him different from the other kids. He had a teacher that took him under his wings and helped make him the man is was. Take care


Keith & Laurie Cahoon

November 4, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Pam, David, & Peter ~ We were shocked & saddened by the sudden passing of Tim. We pray that you will find God’s comfort & peace as you grieve your loss. Tim was a wonderful teacher ( both our sons enjoyed having him as their 5th grade teacher at Starr) & a fine human being! He will be missed in this community where he lived , taught, & served for so many years!


Carl ILL

November 4, 2021 at 5:09 pm

I was the principal at Starr when Tim started his teaching career there. It was an exceptional teaching staff when he arrived and he only added to its quality. I have many memories of Tim even though we last worked together in 1995. Above all I remember his total dedication to his students. Kids came first in his classroom. They liked being around him and as a result they took every opportunity to be in his room whether it was class time or lunch hour or his planning time. From the minute he arrived at work in the morning until he turned off the lights at the end of a long day, Tim was in full teaching, curiosity-building, student support mode. He was a positive presence in his students’ lives. No matter how good one is at it, teaching will have its difficult, exhausting, and dispiriting episodes, and I’m sure Tim had them; however, he looked on the positive side and he had the ability and the character to move on and return to the happy, friendly guy he truly was. Kids appreciated that.

When a person is always “there” for you, it is hard to imagine that he or she is truly gone. And so it is with Tim Roush — a sincere and kind human being, a true blue educator and an all around great guy. Lost too soon, but forever to be remembered.

Carl ILL


Pat Grauer

November 4, 2021 at 9:30 pm

Dear Pam, David, Peter, Matt and the rest of the family, the news about Tim was both stunning and heartbreaking. I’ve known him since Three Rivers, and there are few people I can imagine who are more filled with love and life. It’s clear that he lived for others, at home and at work and in the community, and that legacy will fill the hearts and memories of all of us who loved him. I am praying for you all — for your loss, your grief, and your healing. God will be with you through all of it, even when you can’t sense it.



November 20, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Zach, thank you for those heartfelt words. You were able to do accurately describe Tim. He loved all of his kids. The challenges that they brought. I think that is where some of his criminal justice background helped. He was shy as a kid and always carried a bible with him and that made him different from the other kids. He had a teacher that took him under his wings and helped make him the man is was. Take care


Zachary Schmidtke

November 4, 2021 at 10:31 pm

Mr. Roush taught me how to be a better person. He made me want to be better. He’s a big reason I’m becoming a teacher.

I’m sorry for the loss. He was a good man.

He will be missed.


Stefani Fortin

November 4, 2021 at 11:08 pm

My heart goes out to your family! I am deeply saddened to hear of this news. I have not spoken to Mr Roush since I was a little girl, I had him as my 5th grade teacher and to this day I still remember his smile! He always greeted you every morning with a smile at his door, sometimes wearing his NASA blue jumpsuit!! I was a part of his rocket club and often stayed after school to help him clean out his cupboards in his classroom! I still remember when my grandfather passed away that year, he made a special point to pull me aside and make sure I was doing ok and if I needed anything to let him know! He was so special! I lived down the street from him and I always loved when my friends and I would see him outside working on his house, we would always give him a hard time- he would look so busy but would always take time to stop and talk with us! I have read so many stories on this page and agree with them all! He is the teacher you always remember, my 5th grade year was great because of him and he was such a inspiration to so many! My thoughts and prayers are with his family!


Ross Christiansen

November 4, 2021 at 11:08 pm

Dear Pam, Matt and family,

I just so saddened by this! I remember growing up and visiting cousins Tim and Matt and discussing the many science topics as well as Star Trek. Great times we had! Please know that we are thinking about you during this most difficult time. We love you all and may Tim rest peacefully.


Jan Peeters

November 5, 2021 at 12:52 pm

Such a great loss for our community and the all the people’s lives Tim has touched. I’m happy to be one of those. Prayers for comfort and peace go out to you Pam and your family.


Amber Try-Hall

November 5, 2021 at 5:40 pm

So sorry to hear of this loss!


Sue Graving

November 5, 2021 at 6:09 pm

Dear Pam, David, and Peter,

Starr’s Rocket Man will be so dearly missed. It was his students and colleagues gain when he changed careers and joined our staff. Tim exemplified that teaching is a craft and he practiced it with great heart. May your family take comfort in knowing what a positive impact he had in the lives of his students. May treasured memories bring you comfort.



November 5, 2021 at 10:19 pm

My son Colton is in his class this year. In the short amount of time he had with him he made a HUGE impact on him. Colton would stay after almost every day a couple minutes to help him pick up the classroom and he would give him a piece of candy. He told him just last week at conference’s that this year was becoming his favorite. He was soo excited to do Rocket Club. He will be missed! My thoughts and Prayers are with his Family.


Zach Van Sweden

November 6, 2021 at 12:05 am

The news or Mr Roush’s passing was so heartbreaking. I was fortunate enough to have Mr Roush as my 5th grade teacher from 2013-14. I was a part of Mr Roush’s rocket club which was what I truly believe to be the first spark of my love for science! I’m now in college studying engineering and I owe a piece of that to Mr Roush and his passion for science! I will forever have fond memories of him and his class. My condolences to the family.


Ann Climer

November 6, 2021 at 5:21 pm

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Roush family on this huge loss. Tim was a magnificent human being, and I know he was the very best father and husband anyone could ever want. I do know that he fulfilled his dreams with you, Pam, and your children. Your beautiful big old house that I’ll bet he worked on all the time, and huge family celebrations at the home you made together. I know he loved every minute of it, because that’s the man he was.

A little bit of my heart died with him, so I cannot imagine the magnitude of your loss. I will pray for all of you.


The Salinas Family

November 6, 2021 at 5:33 pm

You will be missed- Mr. Roush You were our sons favorite teacher and had such an impact on their lives when it came to education and how others deserved to be treated. Please accept our condolences- The Salinas Family


Annette Maccardini

November 6, 2021 at 9:41 pm

Pam thinking of you and your family as you grieve the loss of Tim. Hoping that beautiful memories will bring you comfort. May Tim Rest In Peace with God . God bless you all.


Betsy Vidmar

November 7, 2021 at 8:44 am

Dear Pam, Dave, and Pete,

I am so sorry for your loss. Tim was a family man, and although he was quite humble when it came to his own accomplishments he would boast about his wife and children with pride. The love he felt for his family was always evident.

I had the privilege of teaching fifth grade for many years in the classroom next to Tim’s I admired Tim for the rapport he established with his students and respected him for representing the teaching profession so positively. His patience was beyond belief, whether he was helping a troubled child or aiding in my search for lost keys so we could go home after a long day. Tim could always find the humor in any situation. I will miss the laughter. I will miss my friend.


Jon Bingaman

November 7, 2021 at 11:36 am

Tim is a lifelong friend. We went to grade school together, shared a locker in junior high, took our dates to the proms together, and were doubles partners on the high school tennis team. We played basketball together for many years. In adult life, we participated in each other’s weddings, our families vacationed together in South Haven and spent many Christmas evenings together.

As great friend as Tim has been, he’s an even better person. No matter the circumstance, I always felt a warm smile in my heart after spending time with him. Tim excelled as a son, husband, father, brother, and friend in this world. He set a great example for all of us and his passion for teaching created an incredible legacy of children who were influenced by him.

I’m grateful for Tim’s friendship and his ability to bring smiles to me, friends, and family.



November 11, 2021 at 9:32 pm

You know we all feel the same about you


Nancy and Michael Paybe

November 7, 2021 at 12:13 pm

Michael and I are very sad to hear of Tim’s passing. There must be a new star in the sky with his name on it. Thank you for turning so many Starr student onto science n so many ways. Sparking their interests and being part of a Space Club were just two reasons why kids enjoyed Mr. Roush as a teacher. We send our sincere condolences to David, Peter and Pam at this time. A special hug to my second grader, Peters.


Nancy Payne

November 7, 2021 at 3:24 pm

David, I meant to type your name! My lovely second grader who I will remember always! I am thinking of you snd your family as you go through this journey. Nancy Paynr


Shelle Fuce, Max and Emma DeBoef

November 7, 2021 at 1:18 pm

Pam, Peter, David, we are very sad to hear about Tim. I am just down the street, so Pam if there is anything I can do or you need anything at all please do not hesitate to reach out.

Losing someone we love leads us to look back on all of the memories, pictures, and conversations thru a different lens. At first, this is so hard to do, but, hopefully, all of these will help you get thru your grief. Tim was always smiling-I hope this is one of your memories.



Stephen D Bennett

November 7, 2021 at 2:16 pm

So many loving memories of Tim. I can understand how he touched so many lives in such a profound way. I met with Tim a short time ago and he asked me about my beloved son David who was blessed to be his student some 25 years ago! Tim expressed how he enjoyed David as a student. Now I see why that moment was so much like Tim.


Mary Steele

November 7, 2021 at 2:42 pm

Tim was one of the best and always pleasant and smiling. My kids loved him. My prayers to Pam and his kids. So very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by so many.


Nancy Payne

November 7, 2021 at 3:02 pm

Dear David, for some reason I typed Peter’s name but totally meant for you to receive my hug. I will always have a smile on my face when I think back to your year in second grade. Remember when you talked to us about your MRI? You were so knowledgeable-I wish you well during this very difficult journey regarding your dad. Nancy Payne


Geri Macklin

November 7, 2021 at 6:11 pm

Dear Pam, David, and Peter,

I’m in tears reading all these tributes to Tim. I am so sorry for this tremendous loss to our community and most especially, all of you. The Tim Roush giggle is not replaceable and I will always remember my chats in the kitchen with Tim as my favorite part of your porch parties. Talking with him about teaching and our families always left me feeling positive about the future. I’ll always be grateful to Tim for his good-natured openness and unflagging support to all the kids (and teachers!) who came his way.

With love,



Eliza Mohlie, Phil and Hal Shoaf

November 8, 2021 at 11:25 am

We are so sorry for this loss to a terrific family. We didn’t know Tim all that well personally, but have some glimpse into the strength of his character from the wonderful echoes in David, Lynn, and William. We love you all and are thinking of you.


Jenifer Hamill Stell

November 8, 2021 at 12:29 pm

It’s been years since I had the opportunity to teach in the same school with Tim, but his dedication to students is not far from memory. During one of Tim’s first years at Starr, I approached him about helping me out during the summer at Lakeside Home in Kalamazoo. My students were interested in rockets and I knew just who to ask. He graciously accepted this without hesitation or pay. I was able to watch these challenging kids light up as Tim went through his cool lesson.

My heart breaks for Plainwell Schools but especially Pam and the boys. I am so very sorry.


Bruce Springer

November 8, 2021 at 6:05 pm

Dear Pamela, David, Peter and Families,

So sorry for your loss. We are learning how special Tim was and why so many people loved him.

Bruce and Carla Springer


Patti & Randy Saltzman

November 8, 2021 at 11:17 pm

So glad I was able to have k own you. Prayers to the family and many friends and children that you have touched…

May you Rest Peacefully.


Natalie Witt

November 9, 2021 at 7:20 pm

My heartfelt thoughts are with you Pam, David, Peter & families.

Natalie Witt


Don Miller

November 11, 2021 at 2:29 pm

I’ve never met Tim Roush. But I know that he has had a positive impact on the community and so many students. I’ve been at Pathways Psychological Services for about 30 years and have heard so many wonderful and animated stories about Mr. Roush and his science classes. He will certainly live on in so many.


Jenny Poulsen

November 17, 2021 at 8:59 am

Im so Sorrry for your loss , My thoughts are with your family.

Love Jenny



November 17, 2021 at 1:06 pm

I’m upset i missed the funeral i wish i knew when it was,I had to quick google and write a little message to mr.roush’s family.Mr.Roush was my mentor he helped me personally 1 on 1 when struggled with anything,i can still picture all the rockets on his ceiling.Mr.Roush wasn’t any teacher he was special and i was glad to be in his 2018 5th grade class,i still remember the look on his face when me and a couple classmates nominated his as teacher of the week and they came in March 16 2018 with a prize for us,i still remember his face when we brought in our mcdonalds snoopy toys.I had adhd in 5th grade and it made it very hard but he still managed to help me,he payed for me to do rocket club bc he knew i had interest in it,Im just leaving a quick condolence bc its hard to believe he’s gone and ill never forget him.Im sorry for your loss Mrs.roush



November 20, 2021 at 12:29 pm

Zach, thank you for those heartfelt words. You were able to do accurately describe Tim. He loved all of his kids. The challenges that they brought. I think that is where some of his criminal justice background helped. He was shy as a kid and always carried a bible with him and that made him different from the other kids. He had a teacher that took him under his wings and helped make him the man is was. Take care


Lynn Roush

November 29, 2021 at 10:01 pm

Maddox, I remember when he was teacher of the week! That meant so much to him. Thank you for leaving this kind message. It means so much to all of us to hear what an impact he had.


Jordyn Elkins

December 24, 2021 at 12:03 pm

I’m so, so, so, sorry for your loss. Tim Roush was not a teacher of mine but I knew him very well. I had lots of friends in his class. I was very sad to find out that this happened.❤❤


Pam Roush

January 7, 2022 at 11:39 pm

Thank you for your kind words. It is wonderful to know that even though you did not have him as a teacher you took the time to honor him.


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