Timothy L. McNally “TL” was born in Clyde Park, MT April 23, 1947 to Timothy L. “Red” and Myrtilla R. McNally. Red and Myrtilla divorced in or about 1949. Myrtilla remarried on July 6, 1955 to Chester L. Robinson and had a son, Kenneth L. Robinson born January 6, 1957. TL lived with the Robinsons in the towns of Holden, Omak and Republic, WA until 1965 when he moved to Livingston, MT and completed high school in 1967 while living with his grandmother. After high school he attended the College of Nursing at Montana State University in Bozeman.
Rather than being drafted he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and by choice was assigned to the 101st Airborne as a medic. His assignments included Panama, two tours in Viet Nam as an operating room scrub nurse in a Mobile Field Hospital, Germany and finally Fort Hood, TX where he was honorably discharged in 1977. His Army decorations included the Bronze Star with 1 Oakleaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
TL then started training to become a Friar in the Dominican order of the Catholic Church in Oakland, CA. He completed training as a counselor for troubled youths and became certified as a ceramics instructor in addition to his other studies. Before completing his final vows, TL decided on another calling and so leaving that path he started working in a well-known Washington, DC restaurant as the head waiter. This led him to complete a four-year program in three years obtaining his BA degree in Culinary Arts from a Lake Charles, LA school and earned the title of “Chef”. He then moved to Lake Arthur, LA in August 1990. He joined the Merchant Marines as a Chief Steward with the rank of Lt Cmdr. in charge of food ordering and menu planning for several fleet ships. After being injured during a storm at sea he retired continuing to live in Lake Arthur. He began volunteering at the VFW post in Lake Arthur then later served a term as the Post Commandant.
Sometime in about 2012 medical issues placed him in the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Dallas, TX. He later transferred to the VA Medical center in Alexandria, LA. It was here that doctors suspected that TL had the onset of Alzheimer’s. He was later transferred to the South West Louisiana War Veterans home near Jennings, LA. Here he lived and developed many friendships with residents and staff until his passing on January 20, 2018 at about 8:00 p.m.
TL’s surviving relatives are his brother, Kenneth Robinson and his wife, Barbara of Davenport, WA, their children, Timothy (his namesake) Robinson and his wife, Beth of Spokane, WA, Andrew (AJ) Robinson and his wife, Nana and their son, Asher of Moody, AL, and his Aunt, Belle Chapel (his mother’s only surviving sibling) of Big Timber, MT.
TL will be laid to rest next to his father in the Clyde Park, MT Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at the Shields Valley Community Center at 1:00 PM Sunday May 27th.
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