Timothy McNally

April 23, 1947 ~ January 20, 2018



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 when he was honorably discharged. 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, 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 attending Culinary Arts School. He completed the four year program in three years obtaining his BA degree in Culinary Arts and earned the title of “Chef”. He then worked in a well-known Washington, DC restaurant until he moved to Louisiana in 1990 then finally moving to Lake Arthur in August 1991. He joined the Merchant Marines as a Chief Steward 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 placing him closer to his Lake Arthur home. 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, VA, 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 sister) of Big Timber, MT. TL will be laid to rest next to his father in the Clyde Park, MT Cemetery.

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  1. It saddens me that Tim has passed.
    He disappeared from Lake Arthur, My partner and I searched every conceivable medical establishment in SW Louisiana, along with anything to do with Army Veterans. Everyone we spoke to stated they did not know what happened to him or where he was.
    My partner and I looked for him until we left Louisiana in 2013.
    Whom ever wrote the obituary, did not do their home work, many of those things Tim completed after he moved to Louisiana with Hal and I.

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