Nortley, Timothy

Timothy Clyde Nortley, 61, lifelong resident of Morenci, Mich., and Fayette, Ohio, died Aug. 30, 2020, at ProMedica Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, surrounded by his family.

Tim was born Feb. 2, 1959, in Morenci, the son of Nathan and Mildred “Bill” (Watters) Nortley. Tim was a proud Morenci Bulldog, graduating with the class of 1977. A gifted mechanic, he was the sole proprietor of Nortley’s Garage which he started in Morenci, later moving to Fayette, before returning to Morenci where he eventually retired just three years ago, following a heart attack. 

In his spare time, Tim liked wrenching on vehicles, especially his 1972 Challenger and his pride and joy, his 1997 red Ford F-350. An outdoorsman, he found joy in trailer camping, deer and squirrel hunting, and fishing. Tim also enjoyed Tigers baseball, playing cards on Friday nights, gambling, and trips to casinos, especially Las Vegas. 

On April 29, 1978, Tim married Kimberly A. Johnson at the Morenci First Congregational Church, where they were members. Kim survives to cherish more than 42 years of memories. 

In addition to his wife, Tim is survived by his children, to whom he was a great mentor, Timothy Clyde (and Jessica) Nortley, II of Waldron, Mich., and Nicole (and Scott) Harding of Wauseon, Ohio; grandchildren Ally, Makayla and Mariah Nortley, Caden Borton, and Kinley and Kyser Harding; and nephew, Scott (and Tiffany) Nortley of Adrian. 

Tim was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Lou Sprague.

A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at the Morenci First Congregational Church, with Pastor Greg Morrison officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci. A memorial visitation will begin at noon Friday at the church and continue until the time of the service.

Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, handled  arrangements.

All attendees are required to wear a proper face covering, with the exception of those under the age of five years old or those who cannot medically tolerate. 

The family suggests memorial contributions to Morenci Fire Department or Morenci Area EMS.