Tim Tschappat, an enthusiastic bowler known for his good-hearted ways, has died. He was 55.
The cause of death has not yet been released, said Scott Tschappat, Tim’s younger brother. Tim died two weeks ago.
“The last couple of months, he started to get sick,” Scott said.
Most of Tim’s family is in Illinois and a special ceremony will be held there to honor him.
“Everyone liked him a lot,” said Scott, four years Tim’s junior. “He was very into trains. He was a member of the Glendale model railroad club and that was his big hobby.
“He probably had $10,000 worth of train stuff in his home.”
Tim, who never married, worked as a draftsman and also conducted market research.
He owned a home in Winnetka and “was a Winnetka resident all his life,” Scott said.
Tim bowled in the “Fun Brunch” league at now-defunct AMF Rocket Lanes in Chatsworth more than a decade ago.
“He bowled for years and years,” Scott said.
Tim later joined the “Guys and Dolls” league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills and made many friends.
“Tim had a loving personality,” said Carol Tucker, who bowled with him for more than three years. “He always encouraged everyone and I never heard him say an unkind word through all the years I knew him.”
His easygoing personality was a constant theme of those who remembered him.
“He always had a smile on his face,” bowler Gayle Aron said. “He always came over to say hello and make a person feel special.”
Added fellow bowler Perry Haberman: “He was a very well-liked guy. Very down-to-earth and pleasant. He was here to have a good time.”
He averaged 141 in his last season when he bowled during the summer of 2013 in the “Guys and Dolls” league with teammates Adrienne Roseberry, Chris Ohmstead and Tim Wiese.
Tim was honored by examiner.com for having the 10th most notable achievement in 2012 among L.A. bowlers. He achieved his feat with a sharp hook that produced a hilarious series of events and ended with a strike when a messenger pin rolled ever-so-slowly across the lane to knock down the six and 10 pins.
The examiner.com story reported that the messenger pin underwent “such a slow-motion crawl that Tschappat had time to walk back to his seat and watch the ensuing development if he had wanted.”
Said Tim after the strike had become official: “I thought someone was watching over me.”
He was laughing when he said it.