Roland Kenneth Timney, 80, born April 28, 1930, in Salida, Colo., passed away on Aug. 7, 2010, several years after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Jason Timney, Jr. and Polly Jones; brother, Benjamin J. Timney III, who passed away in early childhood; and foster parents, Lula and Jim Jefferson. Survived by his wife, Jeanette Meyer; children, Richard, Michael and Christopher Timney, Susan (Michael) Adams and Robert (Susie) Richards and their children and grandchildren. Other survivors include his sisters, Diana (Alan) King and Elizabeth Jones; brother, Donald Jones; mother-in-law, Genevieve Bell; sister-in-law, Claudia Bell; numerous cousins; and special friends, Gilda and Dan Dellinger. Also survived by former wife and mother of his sons, Mary Sears. His childhood home was in the mining town of Bonanza in the San Luis Valley. He graduated from Salida High School in 1949 and worked in the mining and timber businesses prior to enlisting in the US Marine Corps in February 1951 and attained the rank of sergeant a year later. Roland served in the Korean Conflict during 1953 and received the Good Conduct Medal (1st Award), National Defense Service Medal with two stars and the United Nations Service Award. After returning to civilian life, he worked for IBM at the Pueblo Army Depot and for CF&I Steel Co., then had a long career with Mountain Bell (US West, now Qwest) as a telephone lineman and in materials management. He was a talented guitarist and during high school in Salida he and lifelong friend, Larry Gatterer, performed on a local radio station. He continued to be active in country-western bands in the Pueblo area for several years prior to his retirement, and was the lead vocalist for Buddy Johnson's band. Roland loved the Rocky Mountains and spent much of his retirement camping out under his beloved 'quakies' in the Bonanza area and among the pinon pines near Trinidad. Viewing from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and funeral service, 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, both in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel concluding with military honors by Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team. Reception to follow in the Montgomery & Steward Banquet Hall. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Daddy always made time for me on the weekends to take me anywhere I wanted to go. I would make a list on the weekdays of all the fun things to do with Daddy. Feed the ducks at City park in Pueblo, Colorado was my favorite of them all. He was a an older man when he had me as a baby.

    But he took me camping and roller skating anyway. I loved picking the honeysuckles when we camped. Sometimes I could find wild strawberries.

    Daddy I miss you.

  2. It was about 6 years ago when Joe & I, and Roland (Larry) & Peggy met up with Roland & Jeanette, Dorothy & Diane in Salida for a trip up to Bonanza & Saguache where our fathers were born and where they worked in the mines and logging. Roland provided so much history and information on the family that my brother and I never new. What a wonderful time we had. I will always be greatful to Roland for that trip. God bless him.

  3. Although I only got to know him in his later years, I counted Roland as a friend and found him witty and charming.

    I will miss him.

  4. Roland and I shared a special love for each other. Like none I’ve had for anyone else. The first time I remember seeing him was when we were nine years old and I’ve thought he was the greatest person I’d ever seen. He had a Betty Boop pin that he let me have. It is still one of my most treasured possesions. I may be buried w/it. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye on everything but our love never waivered. Jeanette was the best thing that ever happened to him, and I’m so thankful to her for her love and care for him. The last time I talked to him he said he’d go first and wait for me in heaven. No one has ever said a nicer thing to me. d

  5. To Roland’s family,
    We met Roland many years ago. Our son was just learning to play the guitar and Roland came over with his guitar and they had several jam sessions. We really enjoyed it. He was a very talented man.
    You have our sincere sympathy.
    David and Sheryl Crisp

  6. Jennette, please accept our condolences on Roland’s passing. He was such a joy to us on the Timney site…..He is missed already…

  7. Dear Jeanette,

    We were so sorry to hear of Roland’s passing. He and his guitar will be missed at the family
    reunions. Love and prayers to you and his family. Keith, Judy and Damon

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