Timothy John Donald Kriske
Timothy John Donald Kriske
  • December 12, 1959 - May 7, 2017
  • Texas

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Timothy John Donald Kriske passed away peacefully at the age of 57 in Plano, Texas, on May 7, 2017 after a brief, but brave battle against pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving children as he joined The Lord at 9:51 that Sunday morning, 51 days after first being diagnosed. For those who knew Tim, 51 has always been his favorite number, and he would have found it fitting.

Tim was born in Columbus, Nebraska on December 12, 1959 to Stanley and Anne Kriske. After living in Ohio and Arlington Heights, Illinois, his family moved to Leawood, Kansas, where Tim would call home. He graduated from Shawnee Mission South in 1978, and went to Kansas State University, earning a Bachelors of Marketing. He was a proud member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, where he forged several life-long friendships. Two weeks after graduating from KSU in 1982, he married his high school sweetheart, Beth Fenton, and started his family. Beth and Tim were married for 21 years and continued to be close friends throughout the rest of his life.

In early 1983, Tim was successful in attaining a job with Hallmark Cards, where he would work for the next 15 years. He was the one of the first employees be a five-time winner of the R.B. Hall Award for Sales Excellence. He left Hallmark in 1998 to become VP of Operations for Monarch Dental, eventually becoming COO. He married Gail Venburg and embarked on a new chapter of his life. He then acquired Willow Bend Roofing from a neighbor, and developed a successful company built upon professionalism and integrity. In 2009, he got back into healthcare by accepting the role of President and CEO of Sleep Centers of Texas and Alaska. While Tim enjoyed helping people by working in healthcare, the travel demands of Sleep Centers kept him away from the family he loved, leading him to rethink his career and what legacy he would leave behind.

In the fall of 2011, with the help of a close circle of trusted friends he met throughout his career, Tim founded TMS Neuro Solutions, and a few years later Smart Neuro Health & Wellness Centers. His mission was to reverse the rising suicide epidemic in America by changing the delivery of behavioral health, and his passion and drive were contagious to all who worked with him. This vision is the foundation which guides his thriving company now, and will continue to do so long after he has gone.

Tim is survived by his children, Katherine, John, Joseph, his son-in-law James Fitzgerald, his grandchildren Aidan and Abigail Fitzgerald, his former wives Beth and Gail Kriske, and his siblings George, Kenneth and Christine. He will be laid to rest next to his father, Stanley, and his grandparents John and Agnes Krzeszewski in Duluth, MN.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Tim's honor to one of his favorite local charities listed below:

Grant Halliburton Foundation:

The Samaritan Inn

Hendrick Scholarship Foundation: