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Stanley Timmermann, wheat industry leader, dies at 84

Stanley Timmermann, a long-time leader in Oregon agriculture, has died.

Published on August 15, 2014 4:40PM

Stanley Ernest Timmermann died on Aug. 11 at the age of 84 at his home in his sleep.

He was born Jan. 4, 1930, to Sylvia (Christopher) Timmermann and Ernest Timmermann in Corvallis, Ore. After graduating from Pendleton High School in 1948, Stan attended Oregon State College, earning a degree in agriculture engineering from OSC in 1953. Stan later served as a member of Oregon State University wheat research endowment committees.

In 1957, he took up the life of a wheat farmer when he went to work on his father Ernest’s farm operations. Stan married Helen Ann Van Antwerp of Riverside, Calif., on April 27, 1957, in Pullman, Wash. Later on, Stan and Helen formed a farm partnership together. The couple divorced in 1996.

Stan was noted as an innovator in farming techniques, conservation practices, and machinery adaptations. He taught several hydraulics courses at Blue Mountain Community College. Stan and Helen were honored with state and national outstanding conservation farmer awards in 1986 and 1987. Stan continued working as an active farmer until his death.

In 2006, Stan was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU in recognition of his life achievement in agriculture. Over many years, Stan served as volunteer member, president or chairman of the Oregon Wheat Growers League, the Oregon Wheat Commission, Oregon Wheat Foundation and many committees of the National Association of Wheat Growers. As board member and chairman for U.S. Wheat Associates during 1987 to 1995, Stan provided leadership over international wheat market development efforts, traveling to 25 countries to meet with wheat importers and government officials. Stan was often sought out as a resource person by state leaders and congressional delegates of both parties.

From 1985 through 2012, Stan also served on the board of the Oregon Growth Account and its prior agencies tasked to use lottery funds for venture capital start-up of new businesses.

Stan was active in the local Pendleton community, where he undertook leadership roles with Rotary Club, Happy Canyon Pageant and Foundation, Happy Canyon and Round-Up Hall of Fame, Pendleton Community Hospital and Shrine Club. In 2005, Stan was appointed to the Pendleton Progress Board, serving as vice chairman and program chair until his passing. In this role, he organized over 100 speaker presentations to generate ideas to make the city a better place.

Survivors include daughters Laurie Timmermann of Washington, D.C., and Kate Timmermann Finn of Ithaca, N.Y.; son-in-law John Timmermann Finn; grandchildren Clare Sophia and Lucas Timmermann Finn; and sister Carolyn Timmermann of Vancouver, Wash.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Vert Auditorium in Pendleton, followed by a reception at the Roy Raley room. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be offered to the Pendleton Rotary Foundation or to the Oregon Wheat Foundation. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.pioneerchapel.com.


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