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Timothy “Tim” Renollette, 79, of Bagley, MN died Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at Sanford Fargo Medical Center.
Memorial Services will be 10:30 A.M., Friday, February 16, 2024 at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Timothy Byron Renollette was born May 17, 1944 in Bemidji, MN to Lester and Dorothy (Weikel) Renollette. He travelled with his parents over 50 times back and forth between Bemidji and Yakima, Washington where is mother’s family was and finally settled back in Bemidji in Northern Township when he was about 5 years old. He attended Northern Elementary, Bemidji High School, and Bemidji State College until he started helping out on the family farm due to his father’s health. He met the absolute love of his life and July 27th, 1969 married Sandra Wilcowski. He worked in Ivanhoe, MN when they were first married and over the years wore many, many hats – the majority of them though were cowboy hats. He trained horses early on for $25 a piece. He logged, farmed, hauled dirt, hauled flax straw, did backhoe work, sheetrock and taping, sold produce grown on the farm as well as hauling potatoes from North Dakota and sometimes apples from Wisconsin, peeled and sold cedar fence posts, dug graves for Evergreen Cemetery, and any other things that could be done to provide for his family in the early years being self-employed. Later on he started doing custodial work at the Palace Casino until he had a heart attack and then went back to “lighter duty” assisting the chef in the kitchen where he enjoyed helping create food displays, improving their recipe for wild rice soup and learned to make a wonderful prime rib which he later enjoyed making for his family. In 1989 he sold the 2 farms in Bemidji and moved to Bagley, MN where he resided until his death. He worked as a security guard at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, worked for Balstad farms in Fosston and for over 20 years for Northwoods Ice in Bemidji. While delivering for Northwoods Ice he saw a sign at Peatland Reds saying they bought pallets. This renewed his entrepreneurial spirit after bringing them a load and they said you can bring us all you want. He then began buying and repairing used pallets and reselling them. Renollette’s Pallet Recycling and Rehab was born and he operated his business on his own until recently when health forced him to take a step back and let family pitch in to help him but he wanted to be out there working even when his health was getting worse. Tim was so proud of his whole family. He and Sandy had two children – Ila (Renollette) Callagan and Les (Skeeter) Renollette, eleven grandchildren – Eric, Nathan, Matthew, Dorothy, Kiara, Daytona, Jonathon, Madison, Micah, Maela, and Kayla, and ten great-grandchildren – Scarlet, Olive, Brigid, Griffin, Cedar, Anastasia, Anna, Ally, and Kiara, and Andi and would have greeted one more new great-grandson in June. Tim was an excellent marksman and could do some great trick shots in his younger days. He enjoyed hunting until 2016 when he was revived after cardiac arrest and decided no more hunting – he just enjoyed watching the deer out the window. He loved rodeos and going to the fair – many years ago as an exhibitor with the farm animals and even slept in the barn with the cows when they were there. In later years he would go just to walk around and visit with friends and neighbors and to have a malt. He liked to do leather work and made some wonderful holsters and other things over the years. He loved watching the Minnesota Twins and watched as many games as he could on tv and also got to attend a game in the cities. He will be remembered for his humor and storytelling. He had so many great stories to share. He loved old westerns and two of his favorite stories were about getting to ride Tex Ritter’s horse and when they took a month-long train trip to California and Oregon when their first grandchild was born. One of the things we did as a family was go to Victorville to see the Roy Rogers museum and Roy was there that day and Tim was pretty tickled to see him in person. Tim is survived by immediate family - his wife, Sandy, - children Ila (Shawn) Callagan, Les (Jessica Cagle) Renollette, - grandchildren, Eric (Avianna Heppner) Callagan, Nathan (Emily) Bauer, Matthew (Elexis Jones) Callagan, Dorothy Renollette, Daytona Renollette, Jonathon (Andrue Green) Renollette, Madison Renollette, Micah Renollette, Maela Renollette, and Kayla Thiemecke, - great-grandchildren Scarlet, Olive, and Brigid Callagan, Griffin and Cedar Bauer, Anastasia Jones, Annabelle Jones and Allyssa LaRose, and Kiara and Andi Hensley, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, . He was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Dorothy, an infant brother – Tim William, and a granddaughter – Kiara Renollette as well as too many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brother-and sister-in-laws and family and friends to list separately. The same words keep being repeated by dozens of people who knew him – he was the most amazing, kind, caring, wonderful man who would do anything for anyone and helped so many people in his life, whether family, friend, or total stranger. He touched so many lives, made the world a better place and left some giant shoes to fill and holes in many hearts.