Timothy Brudtkuhl

  • Born: November 3, 1958
  • Died: October 21, 2020
  • Location: Alleman, Iowa

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Ankeny, IA 50023

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Timothy Ledru Brudtkuhl, 61, went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Visitation will be Monday, October 26, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home, 4208 North Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Faith Baptist Church, 401 2nd Street, Cambridge, Iowa.
The service will be available via Live Stream at https://boxcast.tv/view/tim-brudtkuhl-962437

Burial will follow at Lincoln Township Cemetery near Alleman, Iowa.

Tim was born in Muscatine, Iowa to Herb and LaVaughn (Watson) Brudtkuhl on November 3, 1958. At the age of 10, his family moved to Alleman, Iowa where he graduated from North Polk High School in 1977.

After high school, he attended Faith Baptist Bible College. For his application he wrote:

"In 1964 there were special meetings at my church in Muscatine, Ia. Right now I can't remember the speakers name, but I know he was a chalk artist. He had an invitation after the message and I responded. I was led to a side room and there, with the help of my father, accepted Jesus as my personal savior. The church was Walnut St. Baptist Church."

He graduated from college in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in youth and music. Tim served at Calvary Baptist Church in Bremerton, Washington from 1982 to 1985. He then returned to Faith Baptist Theological Seminary to pursue a master's degree in pastoral studies, where he met his wife Rochell (Shelli) Richards. Upon graduation, Tim and Shelli were married on May 16, 1987 in Altoona, Iowa and lived in Cambridge, Iowa.

Tim played basketball in junior high, but he was encouraged to switch to choir in high school. His involvement in choir led him to join the Faith Baptist Chorale tour in Europe. While in Germany, he marveled at the cathedrals but was burdened by the spiritual condition of the people. He prayed that God might send someone to preach the Gospel in Germany, but God answered his prayer by sending him.

Tim and Shelli moved to Germany in 1990 where they served the Lord as missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions for 25 years. God greatly used his experience in youth ministry to reach the young people for Christ. Tim is still affectionally remembered in Bavaria as "Onkel Tim" who woke them up at youth camp every morning with the sound of the trumpet. In 1995, they moved to Berlin to start a church, the Freie Baptisten Gemeinde. Although his love for music introduced Tim to Germany, God used his interest in sports to help reach the community of Berlin, Karow.

For his volunteer work he was interviewed by newspapers, received a citizen award from the mayor, and became recognized as a spiritual leader in the community. He started a sports club, which introduced him to many young families and provided opportunities for youth ministry. He was often recognized around town as the bike riding basketball pastor. Even with his declining mental health his heart was still on the mission field.

He is survived by his wife, Shelli and three sons, Aaron Timothy, Daniel Richard and David Sterling. He is lovingly remembered by his siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Herb and LaVaughn.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to Baptist Mid-Missions Foundation, PO BOX 308011, Cleveland, Ohio, 44130 in memory of Timothy Brudtkuhl.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I wanted to thank you for your help in editing my book JOYFULLY SERVING CHRIST. Thank you for your faithfulness to your husband and family. What are your plans for the future? If you need some time to grieve I have a spare bedroom here at Missionary Acres and there are lots of wonderful people here and especially widows who can empathize with you. We'll be praying for you. Marji

Posted by Marjorie Tatter - Silva, MO - Friend   November 05, 2020

Shelli and family, today I am working on the church bulletin for Victory Baptist Church in Fullerton, NE. I noticed that Tim's birthday was to be this coming Tuesday and so I went online to check on him and you, his family. I believe the Lord was leading me to go online so I would know of Tim's passing. I am sorry to hear that but know that he and you have had many challenging trials in your lives. He, like my husband, Roy, is free from physical pain, sorrow, troubles, etc., and we are thankful for that. We grieve, but not as those who have no hope. I have thought about you all but never contacted you and I am sorry for that. I remember you and Tim and your family with fondness and thankfulness. You, both, have been faithful for years and such a godly example for all those who know you.
When you have time, email me and update me on your family, yourself, your needs, your concerns, your praises and anything else you want to share. We have new folks at Victory but there are those who will remember you. We will pray for you.

Posted by Fran Cupples - Fullerton, NE - Family Friend   October 30, 2020

Shelli, Although I know you've expected this day for a long time; still, it's crushing. I'm very sorry for your loss. I pray God's peace fills your heart and sweet memories flood your mind. Blessings, Jenny Klinefelter

Posted by Jenny Klinefelter - Ankeny, IA - Friend   October 27, 2020

Tim and I met at Clear Lake when we were little and then again as students at FBBC and in Chorale. I have always known him as being friendly, kind, and sharing God. My prayers are with you Shelli and your family. May God bless you, keep you, and comfort you. (Psalm 23; Proverbs 3:5-6)

Posted by Nancy (Folkerts) Ris - Front Royal, VA - Classmate   October 27, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss. Tim was at Faith when I was. I graduated in 1986. May you be comforted by our Lord.

Penny Elliott
(Christensen '86)

Posted by Penny Elliott - Ridgedale, MO - Acquaintance   October 27, 2020

Praying for the entire family and looking forward to seeing Tim again in heaven.

Posted by Anita Swedberg - Hazel Park, MI - Friend   October 26, 2020

Praying for our God to bring you His comfort and peace - and for Him to hold you close during this difficult time.

Posted by Dixie Gibbons - St Cloud, FL - Classmate   October 26, 2020

Dear Shelli and Family,
Our sincere condolences to you! We pray you will experience God's grace and peace in a wonderful way in these days. Tim was a faithful servant and remains a vibrant testimony. Praise the Lord for the living hope we have in Christ!

Posted by Don & Jeanie Michaelsen - Marshalltown, IA - Friend   October 26, 2020

God's grace will leave your "cup full "(Psalm 23:4-5).

Posted by Don Sauser dodasaus@mchsi.com - Hudson, IA - Friend   October 24, 2020

I remember Tim and Shelli well. Tim graduated with my older brother Chip at North Polk, and Brenda was in their wedding. We all attended FBBC. Tim was a wonderful guy and had a real love for the people in Germany. We will be praying for all of your family. Todd and Brenda Thompson

Posted by Todd Thompson - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   October 24, 2020

I am thankful for knowing Tim; From attending FBBC , to seeing him go to the mission field in Germany and faithfully serve our Lord with his wife and children. Our paths crossed off and on over the years and our children got to know some of his children, serving the same Christ. I am grateful for the peace that only our God can give, and as my wife Renee made comment, he is able to sing the praises of God again, even now! Our prayer for Shelly and the boys! Even so come Lord Jesus! I Thess. 4:13-18 Ross and Renee Swope

Posted by Ross Swope - Indianola, IA - Friend   October 22, 2020

Fond memories of Tim - and most of them from when he Interned in Washington State. The most vivid one is when he had to extract a fishing hook from me due to an ill-timed cast (Ross Lake, WA). From there, watching your family grow over the years has been a blessing and a joy! Having David come through NPHS was a little blast from the past and it was great to reconnect with your family, Shelly!
You're in our hearts & prayers!

Posted by Connie Pitcher - Sheldahl, IA - Acquaintance   October 22, 2020