Tillman Tom Lien, logger, biker, antique motorcycle, car and truck enthusiast, candy man, and accomplished traveler, passed away Saturday, August 21, 2021, after a long battle with chronic COPD and chronic congestive heart failure.
Tim was born June 23, 1943, in Auburn, Washington, to Tillman and Iris (both deceased) and, with the help of his stepmother and other family, they reared him between Auburn and Humboldt, Kansas. After getting out of the U.S. Army in 1961, he joined the Merchant Marines. He then worked at Sunny Jim Peanut Butter in Seattle, and Lockheed Shipyard. He joined Weyerhaeuser in 1969, where he worked until his retirement in 2005. In 1990, after a three-year courtship, he married Jill Loveless. Together they were always on the go, both traveling on their Harleys.
Tim was honest, faithful, funny, and loved a good wind and rainstorm. He was the leader of the pack and his lifelong friendships proved that. But while Tim was big and badass, he was also a fun-loving and gentle man. (Unless you really angered him…then you might see that badass side!) He loved everything about antique motorcycles, cars and trucks, often saying, “I had a car just like that!” Post retirement, he spent most of his time working in his shop, rebuilding antique motorcycles with his family and friends, often indulging in one of his favorite late-night snacks…a peanut butter sandwich.
Tim worshipped all his family and friends, and always tried to stay in touch because they were very important to him. He loved to ride his motorcycle across the country with his Jill to visit them all, while making new friends along the way. He was one of the original members of The Olympia Toy Run, now in its 44th year, as well as an original member of the Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team. (I’ll bet he went the wrong way all the time!) He was a member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, lifetime member of H.O.G. (Harley Owners’ Group) and a member of the Lugnuts antique car club out of Aberdeen, Washington. He also was a motorcycle police escort for funerals in Seattle.
Tim is survived by his wife, Jill Loveless; his three children with his first wife, Troy Lien of Chehalis, Tanya Dunn of Centralia, and Tabitha Lien-Wilbur of Olympia; and his four grandchildren, Jessica Lien (29), Bailey Stowe (21), Hannah Dunn (20) and Tom Wilbur (11½), in whom he took great pride. His two brothers, Dan Lien and Bruce Lien, preceded him in death.
We all know Wrongway loved a good party, so this is his request…a potluck Celebration of Life. We will wait until April or May 2022 to have our celebration in hopes the Covid virus has slowed down. It’s not worth the risk to all our friends and family.
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