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Joe Tillmann

Joe Tillmann passed away at home on October 9 at the age of 66. He was a resident of both Tenino, WA and of the Alexandria, MN area.

Joe was a devoted father and husband. His presence will be deeply missed by the family and friends he has left behind. He is survived by those in his immediate family including wife Paula, three daughters P.J. (Patricia), Elliott (Alison), and Lili (Linda), and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his two son-in-laws, Chris and Ben, and two brothers, Jon Tillmann and Jim Tillmann. Joe is preceded by his parents, Charles (Charlie) and Valborg (Volly, nee Sween) Tillmann, and his brother Charles (Chuck) Tillmann.

Joe was born and raised in Montevideo, MN and married Paula (nee Schuler) in 1981. He was a proud military veteran who took great pride in mentoring his team and maintaining an impeccable vehicle maintenance facility. He served in the Air Force for 24 years, including a deployment in the first Gulf War. He then went on to achieve his Bachelor of Business Administration from The Evergreen State College. After his military career, he worked as a real estate agent in the Olympia and Alexandria areas.

Joe was a skilled athlete and lifelong rugby enthusiast. He played in England and for the Tacoma Nomads, and was recruited for the national Armed Forces team. He was a man of both vision and execution, someone who could build just about anything and truly loved to bring his practical yet out-of-the-box ideas to life. His love of creating was only matched by his love of games like gin rummy or bocce ball, a clever pun, and sweets.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, October 20 from 4:30-7 PM at Sumner Voiles Funeral Chapel (15124 Main St. Sumner, WA 98390). A graveside memorial service will be officiated by Rev. Tim Berg and held Thursday, October 21 at 11 AM at Mountain View Cemetery (2020 Mountain View Dr. Auburn, WA 98001). The family asks that everyone wear masks to these events.

We will always carry your memory in our hearts and will remember to “measure twice, cut once.”

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