Timothy D. Kersten

October 2, 2020


Timothy D. Kersten "Taco Tim", 74, of Lake Hallie, passed away peacefully on October 2, 2020, surrounded by his family. Tim was born in Minot, North Dakota to Bradley and Margaret Kersten on April 6, 1946. He grew up in Bottineau, North Dakota. He married Nancy Peterson on November 8, 1969, in Moorhead, Minnesota. He graduated from Moorhead State University. He was an Army Veteran of Vietnam, where he was awarded The Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his bravery. He was an entrepreneur at heart and was the first to bring Taco Johns to Wisconsin in 1974, eventually owning three restaurants in Eau Claire, and two in La Crosse for nearly three decades. In recent years, Tim had been enjoying time with his family. After a stroke in 2015 he became very involved in The Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group. This group along with his speech therapist, Tania, Tom Sather and the students from The Center for Communication Disorders at UWEC became a very big part of his life. He enjoyed spending time with them and working on his speech. Tim is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Mitchel, Jason (Kristyn), and Patrick (Meagan); sister, Nancy (Gail Carns); and grandchildren, Casey, Vincent, Judah, Jonah, and Bradley. He is further survived by his many cousins and countless friends. Tim was preceded in death by his mother and father. Visitation will be 4 pm to 7 pm, on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home, 814 First Ave., Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Friday, October 9, 2020, at Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave. in Eau Claire, with Pastor Mark Schultz officiating. Burial will be 10 am on Monday, October 12, 2020, at the Northern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. In the interest of public health, facial coverings and social distancing measures will be required at all times. The family understands if you are unable to attend due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Tim’s honor to the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group at P.O. Box 64, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702, or a charitable organization of your choice. Arrangements are by Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral & Cremation Services. For online condolences, please visit

Service Information


Northern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
N4063 Veterans Way
Spooner WI 54801


Thursday, October 8 2020
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home
814 First Ave
Eau Claire WI 54703

Funeral Service

Friday, October 9 2020
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Peace Lutheran Church
5101 E. Fillmore Avenue
Eau Claire WI

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