GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Timothy Wooten, 43, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of July 29, 2020 surrounded by love from his family, his sons, Devin, Drake and Payton Wooten of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago; his sisters, Lisa Kurtzman of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, and Mary (Craig) Ritchie of Ashton; his cousins, who were like his brothers, Nate (Lori) and Adam Wooten of Rochelle; and his mother and step-father, Vickie and Joe Nelson of Ashton.
Tim was born in Rochelle, to Michael Wooten and Vickie Nelson on Oct. 14, 1976. He was raised by his paternal grandparents, Gene and Doris Binger. He attended Rochelle Township High School and spent his life working as Loss Prevention Manager for a variety of industries in the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities and Grand Rapids, Michigan, area.
Tim always enjoyed the finer things in life such as five-star hotels and traveling to visit his sister to soak up the sun in South Carolina. He was a die-hard Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, and Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” fan and watched the games religiously. The man knew how to make a meal that would feed an army of family and friends. But the thing he was most proud of were his boys.
He leaves behind his love of cooking through his son, Devin, whose culinary career was inspired by his Pop’s dream of becoming a chef. His sense of adventure, street smarts and lively storytelling will live on through his son, Drake. And Tim’s soft heart will continue to beat on through his son, Payton (named after his favorite Chicago Bear, Walter Payton).
Tim was welcomed into his next chapter in joyful reunion with his late father, Michael Wooten; his grandparents, Doris and Gene Binger; his pet, Roxy; and friends who passed before him.
He will continue to be celebrated by his nieces, Megan Whaley (great-niece Haven Marie) and Lily Kurtzman, and his nephew, Tanner Altman of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, and many extended family members.
Cremation services were provided by Arsulowicz Brothers Mortuaries, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, two celebrations of life will be held in the fall at the beach in Grand Haven, Michigan, and in Rochelle.
In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates continued prayers of strength during this time and cards of condolences to be sent to his sons: Devin, Drake and Payton Wooten at 34 Luray Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
The family would also like to publicly thank Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for their compassionate doctors, nurses and staff for their support during Tim’s final days.