Timothy Joseph Talford. Submitted photo
Timothy Joseph Talford. Submitted photo

Sgt. Timothy Joseph Talford, age 24 of Eau Claire, formerly of Elmwood, died Friday, July 22, 2016 in Eau Claire as a result of an automobile accident.

Tim was born on April 6, 1992 in Menomonie. The son of Rick and Kristina (Morrison) Talford, Tim grew up in Elmwood and graduated from Elmwood High School in 2010. He was very athletic. Tim set several school records in track and cross country. Tim was very proud of being on the honor roll for several years and not missing a day of school from Kindergarten through his senior year.

After high school, Tim joined the U. S. Army and trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He served honorably in Afghanistan in 2011 and into 2012. In 2013, Tim moved from active duty to the Army Reserves. Tim married Shelby Wallace on December 29, 2012 at the Elmwood United Methodist Church in Elmwood.

After marriage Tim and Shelby lived in Eau Claire where Tim worked as a service tech for Markquart Auto Group. He was in school at Colorado Technical University for Criminal Justice and had applied to the Eau Claire Police Department to serve the City of Eau Claire. Tim was most excited and proud of the fact that he was soon to be a father to a little girl.

Tim enjoyed spending his free time fishing wherever he could drop a line. He also liked working on cars and spending time up north. Most of all, Tim loved to be with family and friends.

Tim is survived by his wife, Shelby; parents Rick and Kristina Talford of Elmwood; one brother, Kenneth of Minot, ND; his father and mother-in-law, Gary Wallace and Tracy McCafferty of Minocqua; his army family, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Elmwood United Methodist Church in Elmwood with Rev. Michael Weaver officiating. Military Honors will be provided by his Army Family. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Elmwood, is serving the family.

Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.