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Timothy Ray Banegas

August 28, 2020 | 16 comments

Timothy Ray Banegas, 55, of La Crosse, was born November 30, 1964, in Charleston, SC to Jerry and Carolyn (Wise) Banegas. He was baptized at Deer Park Baptist Church in Charleston. Tim passed away Thursday evening, August 27, 2020 at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, WI.

He moved to La Crosse in 1978 with his father. He attended Longfellow Middle School and graduated from Central High School in 1983.

On June 3, 2000, Tim married Patricia Marie Roark, nee Pieterick at Jerry and Sonja’s place in Dutch Creek/Middle Ridge.

He worked at Wettsteins and Milwaukee Stove/Design Air.

Tim was a gentle man, tenderhearted and always willing to help.

Tim’s health has been declining the past few years. He was in and out of the hospital and in February became a resident at Hillview Health Care with Hospice. Then the COVID-19 took away our time to be with him. Tim was a trooper through all of this. His attitude was “it is what it is”. But, we were given a Gift. In July, Hillview said Tim was well enough to come home! And he did! He got to be with Pat and tinker in his garage and enjoy the company of friends, family, and his special granddaughter, Kennedy. He got his life back for several weeks. We are so grateful for this precious time together.

Tim is survived by his loving wife, Pat, her son, Matthew Roark (Chandra), Granddaughter, Kennedy Roark, Mother, Carolyn Wise Ward of Suffolk, Va, Sister, Connie (Jeff) Burns, Charleston, SC, Step-mom “Ma”, Sonja Banegas, La Crosse, WI, Step-sisters Laurie (Robert) Nicholson, their children Karrie & Max, and Tia (Jeff) Hrudka, along with many dear relatives and friends.

Tim is preceded in death by his dad, Jerry Banegas.


A family gathering will be held at a later date.


“Surrender to what is.

 Let go of what was.

Have faith in what will be”.

-Sonia Ricotti



  1. Mary & Dan sebranek

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Shirley Lusk

    So sorry for your loss, prayers for all the family during this hard time.

  3. Joe Arentz

    Although I haven’t seen Tim in a few years. I always enjoyed running into Tim at Milwaukee Stove then Design Air. He always had a positive attitude and outlook on life. I even got to have a few beers in his awesome Garagemahaul! I will miss Tim. My condolences to his family!

  4. Keith Infinger

    so sorry for your loss

  5. Carrie Allman

    So sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. Prayers for the family.

  6. Pookie Ray

    Pookie! I’m so sorry. Sending you a hug. Hope you can feel it.

  7. Janet Kay B MEEKIN

    Dear Sonja: I am so sorry to see this sad news.
    Sunday, August 30,2020.
    Our prayers are with you.
    Peace and Love, F.Arne and Janet Meekin

  8. Mary & Dick Wateski

    So sorry for your loss

    We were grateful to have visited with him while he was home recently

    He was a good neighbor and we will miss him

    Pat, we wish you peace

    Your neighbors

    Mary & Dick W

  9. John J. Perlich

    I am so sorry for you loss.

  10. Sandy Feyen

    Pat and family,
    Ed and I are very sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. He was a very special guy and we enjoyed our time hanging out with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ed and Sandy Feyen

  11. Gail Meyer

    My dearest Pat, we are so sorry to hear of you losing Tim. You are in our hearts and prayers. We had some good times at Shimmie’s. God will be here to help you. Bob and Gail Meyer

  12. Bob & Gail Meyer

    We’re so sorry for your loss Pat. We dearly appreciated Tim’s good nature and his way of bringing laughter to our after hour times. He will be dearly missed and our greatest condolence’s to you and yours. We love you dearly.
    Bob & Gail Meyer

  13. Tawni and Ron Kind

    Pat and family, Ron and I are so sorry for your loss. Pat, I know Tim was your soulmate. I am so very sorry. XO

  14. Gayla Mills

    Dear Sonja: Very sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.
    It was nice you had the time together before Tim passed.

  15. Greg Juan

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Tim will be very remembered. I’ll never forget all the good times we all had at shimmy, playing pool on our Thursday night league. All the football games that we watched. (Even though he was a viking fan). And the party’s we had at his dad’s place up on the hill. All the good times we all had together, will never be forgot. He was a great friend!.

  16. Janet Coates-Ball

    I have such fond memories of Tim when he lived next door growing up. Though second cousins, we were of the same age and played a lot together, spending most of our time outdoors as he patiently tried to teach me baseball skills, though without much success. My heart goes out to the family, with prayers for peace, taking comfort knowing he is with our Lord and is now in perfect health.


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