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Rev. Duane J. Timmermans, 57, described by many as having a magnetic personality, was a down-to-earth person who connected easily with anyone and everyone. He died unexpectedly on April 10 following a stroke suffered while driving a friend to the airport.

Timmermans graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1986. He served Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church in Berwyn, Ill., and Vogel Center CRC in McBain, Mich., where he was pastor at the time of his death. Throughout the years, Timmermans also worked on various synodical committees.

Timmermans was an ordinary man in many ways. He enjoyed the simple things in life, including fishing and gardening. Those who had conversations with Timmermans always knew he was a man of God. He loved being a pastor; ministry for him was a blessed and positive experience.

Timmermans is survived by his wife, Sharon, and their children Al, Carrie, and Jenna Timmermans; by his father, Albert Timmermans; by five siblings and their spouses, his parents-in-law, and many extended family members.

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