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Tillman "Tim" "Hawk" Showen

January 8, 2020


Tillman “Tim” “Hawk” Showen, age 64, of Viroqua and formerly of Petersburg\Gays Mills passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on January 8th, 2020. Tim was born on March 19th, 1955 to Wendell and Elizabeth “Betty” (Swiggum) Showen in Viroqua, WI. He graduated from North Crawford High School in 1973. He married Julie Everson and they had two children; they would later divorce. He married his soulmate, Kathaleen “Kathy” Copus, on November 14th, 1992 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove. Tim worked for many years on the family farm and remained a farmer at heart his entire life. After getting out of farming, he went to work with Wick Homes, joined the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), and later worked with his brother at Showen Excavating. Tim retired in November of 2009 due to an accident while cutting firewood, followed by a prostate cancer diagnosis the following year.  Tim loved his wife, children, and grandchildren and also enjoyed spending time going to auctions, collecting Red Wing pottery and other antiques, gardening, spending time outdoors, and had an extreme love for animals. He enjoyed spending time with old friends and new and never met a stranger. Tillman set out each day to do something kind for someone, whether it be holding a door, paying for someone’s lunch, or simply saying hello to all he met.  He will be greatly missed. 

He is survived by his loving wife Kathy of Viroqua;  His son Jason (Kari) Showen of La Crosse, two daughters Bobbi (Ricky) Goodman of La Crosse, and Jessica (Timothy) Slack of Viroqua; 5 beautiful grandchildren Alec & Sam Showen, Tayah & Maci Goodman, and a foster grandson; two brothers Mick (Julie) Showen of Spring Green, James (Allison) Showen of Gays Mills ; a sister Wendy (Tony) Mertens of New Holstein; two sister-in-laws Sherrie (Alan) Sime of Gays Mills, Netty (Richard) Kirchhoff of Ferryville; three brother-in-laws, Herb (Angie) Copus of Victor, MT,  Michael Copus of Punta Gorda, FL, and Timothy Copus of Gays Mills; a special cousin and friend Teddy (Jen) Schoville of Soldiers Grove, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Herbert Copus, his mother in law, Shirley Copus-Roberts, his good friend, Mark Lathrop and many other family and friends. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove with Pastor Carrie Anderson officiating. Family and friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, January 17th at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, and again Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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January 17, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thorson Funeral Home
856 South Rusk Ave
Viroqua, WI 54665

Funeral Service
January 18, 2020

11:00 AM
Our Saviors Lutheran Church
303 Church St
Soldiers Grove, WI 54655

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