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Lieutenant Colonel Timothy David Litka

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy David Litka

— November 19, 2022

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy David Litka passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 19, 2022. He was 51 years old.

Tim was born on his big sister’s birthday, January 4, 1971 in South Bend, Indiana to the late Michael P. Litka and Eleanor R. Litka. Tim grew up in North Canton, Ohio where he attended Hoover High School and was a stand-out tennis player. He graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from the University of Toledo, College of Law, with a Juris Doctorate. He served proudly in the United States Army and held a Masters of Law, in Military Law, from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.

Immediately after Law School, Tim served as a Public Defender in the Stark County Ohio office. He was commissioned as a Judge Advocate, at 29, and served in both the active duty and reserve components since 2000. He was truly beloved. Selfless in his service to God, our country, his family, his friends, his community, and his military brothers and sisters. In 22 years, spanning three countries and two deployments to Iraq in support of our nation, Tim made sure to plan family adventures to enjoy the local culture and create unforgettable memories.

Lieutenant Colonel Litka is survived by the love of his life and wife of 15 years, Amy Fernandez Litka, their daughter Ava Elizabeth Paige Litka, his mother Eleanor Ruth Litka (of North Canton Ohio), his three siblings Lisa, Rebecca and Michael and 10 nieces and nephews. His loved ones will always remember his infectious laugh, dry sense of humor, deep devotion to family and how he will always be the absolute best father and protector to his beloved daughter, Ava.

If God intended for us to pass a test, you ACED it! You will never be forgotten.

We will celebrate the amazing life of Lieutenant Colonel Timothy David Litka with a visitation from 10am to Noon on Saturday, November 26th, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Immediately following the visitation, a procession for family and friends will depart the funeral home for military honors ceremony at 1:30pm at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

You may share a message with the family or sign an online guest book via Flowers are appreciated, and donations may be made to a fund for Ava. Donations can be made via Zelle: 254.383.0531

Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel, (816) 781-8228.

Service Information

We will celebrate Tim’s life with visitation from 10 am until 12 noon on Saturday, November 26, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, 1-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Immediately following the visitation, a procession for family and friends will depart the funeral home for military honors at 1:30 pm at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy David Litka's Guestbook

Heartbroken at the loss of LTC Litka. A true leader and mentor, his devotion to those with whom he served was only outshined by his love of his family. I am so very thankful to have met such an incredibly caring and thoughtful leader, and I will strive every day to carry his legacy forward in all I do. Thank you, Ma'am, and Ava for being so kind and welcoming of Rachael and me in Texas. We are holding you close in our every thought and prayer.

Gaelan and Rachael Flannery

My dear friend Amy and her beautiful daughter Ava. I am so sorry for your loss. You are both in our thoughts and prayers. Your friends always, Shannon , Ryan, Philip, and Thomas Beery

Shannon Beery

Our deepest condolences to Amy, Ava, and family. May you all feel Christ’s presence and praying for Tim’s resting in peace. Sending you so many big hugs and most of all storming Heaven for your prayer requests. Adding those prayers to our family rosary. Whenever you need it, a call, a text, or a cross country visit we are here ♥️

The Breitenbach Family

What a great picture of Tim! My heart has hurt so much since hearing the news and hurt that I could not be there. Sending so much love to Amy and Ava.

Rachael Craig

Amy, Susan and I were saddened to learn about Tim’s passing. We are in shock. Tim was a great man. Our lives were enriched by knowing him. You and Ava are in our prayers.

CAPT Tom Welsh

Dear Amy & Ava: My heartfelt condolences for Tim’s untimely passing. I had the privilege of spending time with him a few weeks ago during a trip to Fort Leavenworth, in which we talked about our families, our daughters, and the future. You were present in every way, and his love for you both was clearly informing how he was thinking and feeling. Tim was a remarkable and talented military officer; widely respected and admired for his intellect, temperament, judgement, and genuine concern for others. His presence among our ranks will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you now and forever.

George Smawley

Sending thoughts, prayers and love - memories of those who have touched our lives in a positively impactful way live on indefinitely. Tim lived his live as a servant leader and gave so much to so many. I am blessed and thankful to be one of the multitudes of those who received so much from Tim. Everlasting love and peace be with you.

Pete Jones

Dear Amy & Ava, may you find comfort in the many memories you and Ava have of Tim. Lean on “your village” and let people hold you closely in their arms as you navigate the path that is now set before you. Sending my heartfelt condolences and big virtual hugs.

Emma Corriveau

We are so very sorry about the sudden passing of your beloved husband, Amy, and your loving father, Ava. Please know that we have been and will continue to pray for you both during this difficult time. I was at the Veterans Day service at FCA so I got to hear Tim's speech. It was very inspiring. You both have much to be proud of. Ava, I will never forget your dad coming off of the stage after giving his speech and giving you a high five. What a special moment! Please know that we are praying for God's comfort to surround you and the peace that only He can give will be yours. Much love and prayers, Cori and Madison

Cori and Madison Goertzen

We are holding you tight in our hearts and sending many prayers for comfort and healing.

Tim, Mickey & Oliver

Amy and Ava, I wish there were words to express comfort during this extremely difficult time. We are truly sorry for the loss of Tim. May you hold your many adventures, memories, and the love Tim had for his girls close to your hearts and allow his memory to live through you both. We love you, and know you have your tribe of support lifting you up. Always here and loving you.

Manseau Family

We are so sadden by Tim’s passing. Keeping Amy and Ava in our thoughts and prayers.

Patrick, Veronica, Colum, AnneMarie Grant

This is such sad news - Amy and Ava. Tim is one of my best Army and Life buddies. He made me laugh all the time, even when things were looking down. With his witty dry humor and warm soul, he always provided a calming comfort view of life. We pray for strength and peace for you, Litka family, and Fernandez family. All our love, Rich and Deb

COL Rich and Deb Sudder

Dearest Amy and Ava. I'm so sorry to hear of the news about Tim. I know you had a magical love and have enjoyed getting to know you all. My heart aches for you! My family and I are thinking of you and hope you can find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Big hugs to you both!

Anneka Moline (neighbor)

My deepest condolences and heartfelt love to Amy and Ava on your loss. I felt this news deeply, Division West with LTC Litka was my last assignment before my present one, and not only does d LTC Litka give me the freedom to operate as his Division Chief Paralegal, but he also shared his family with me. Amy and Ava, I thank you so much for making me part of your family, from letting Ava be a part of the office Christmas decorations to going to her plays. Amy and Ava, your husband was so special, he was open to our meetings where I could freely express my disagreement and concern over a course of action, or my wanting him to ‘mentor’ one of theBaby Jags when their enthusiasm may be leading them down the in cautious path. I thank him for his leadership, his laughter, his belief in people and restoring my enthusiasm and live for my profession. Again, I am filled with dismay and disbelief on his passing. I also regret that I am not able to attend his celebration of life to honor him and his legacy. Kayla and I are extending our love and deepest hugs. Love you both.

SFC Carla Toussaint and Ms Kayla Hewitt

Amy and Ava, you have my deepest sympathies and condolences. Tim was a friend and a brother and followed my career path from DSJA at Camp Zama to the Legal Advisor at the Marshall Center. I recently talked with him while doing a reference check and enjoyed catching up. He was the type of supervisor and leader that subordinates enjoyed working for, and he was a kind and caring attorney. He will be missed in our profession, in the JAG Corps, and in our hearts, and we will look forward to seeing him again at the Resurrection.

Barry Stephens

Tim and I entered back on Active Duty at the same time thru the "return to active duty" program and we've always felt somewhat connected by that - looking out for each other when we were having date of rank issues and the like. We also attended the Grad Course in C'ville together.... I thought the world of Tim and was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. Praying that God gives you the strength you need to walk forward, and the memories you need to look back with love and laughter in your hearts. My deepest sympathies.

LTC Melissa Ridgely

Dear Amy and Ava, You are in our hearts and prayers. We are so shocked and sorry to hear this news, Tim was such an amazing father, husband, and leader. We will remember him always. Much love, David, Kelly and Zachary

David and Kelly Smith

Amy & Ava, We are so sorry for your loss and you have our deepest condolences. May the Good Lord comfort you always.

Donna and Neil Buckley

I am very sorry to hear this news. LTC Litka was my supervisor for one year when he was the SJA at First Army Division West. Most of our interaction was via phone and email as I was at JBLM. Nevertheless, he took the time and effort to build a relationship. I enjoyed all my conversations with him. He was always available, calm, and gave sage advice. He also had the right sense of humor for the job. He helped me work through several tricky and stressful issues. I had hoped to cross paths with him again in the Army. My condolences to his family.

MAJ Robert W. Rodriguez

Dear Amy and Ava, I know there are no words that can ease your pain. Tim and you ladies shared a one-of-kind bond that can never be broken. Be kind and gentle with yourself. Take your time and know that you have a huge support system. May all your wonderful memories comfort you during this challenging time. I love and miss you both!

Naterria Fenceroy

Tim was my boss at the 7th Signal Command (Theater) when I came back to the Army as an Army Civilian. He was a great leader and mentor. His common sense and calm leadership style were always appreciated by the office. I have enjoyed remaining as his friend and will miss our occasional chats. I will pray for the family at this difficult time.

Jeff Barham

Amy and Ava, we are so sorry for your loss. We can't imagine how hard this is for you both. Even though our families had not known each other for very long, we were blown away with yours and Tim's kindness and generosity. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to share a few drinks and good conversation with Tim while we waited at Girls Scouts events. I came away from those few times with him knowing that he was a great father and husband. We will be thinking of you and Ava

Mark, Ella and Jennifer Davies

I am so sorry to hear about your husband's passing. I am sending my condolences to you and your Family in this hard time. Praying for God's peace and strength for you and your Family. Sincerely, Esmeralda Butolph/OSJA JBLM JAG OFFICE

Mrs. Litka and Family,

Amy, Ava, and family I served with Tim and you in Japan, and have always recalled with joy and fondness the wonderful hospitality you showed to my family and me. Tim was both conscientious in his work and kind in his relationships. I sincerely pray that God provides you peace, comfort and restoration in this challenging time.

Perry Wadsworth

I am sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences and prayers. M. Rey & Family

Michael Rey

Amy & Ava, We were heartbroken to hear of Tim's untimely passing. Both of us had the pleasure of being deployed to Iraq with Tim in 2011. He was a wonderful lawyer, officer, and human being. We were at a higher headquarters, so our interaction was limited, but he was a consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our careers crossed paths several times, and each time, Tim was always upbeat and positive. He had a wonderful reputation as an advocate, an officer, and a friend, and I know we will be missed dearly by so, so many. You will be in our prayers as you navigate this difficult time. Sincerely, Joanne & Dean

Joanne & Dean Neighbors

I was so sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. Gifted and wise, he was generous with his time during our transition in Iraq and beyond. My deepest condolences to his family.

COL Jen Neuhauser

Sir, You are a great leader and will truly be missed. You touched the lives of everyone that had the pleasure to serve with you. Prayers to your family and friends during this difficult time.

Marley Ganthier(MSG Ret)

My heartfelt condolences to Tim's family and friends. I met Tim on day 1 of our Army careers and always held him in the highest esteem. He was a great classmate and excellent lawyer whose intelligence and fantastic sense of humor and wit endeared him to all. Wishing his family great strength during this difficult time.

Adam Berlin

Tim is/was an amazing man, husband, father, dog father, Officer & lawyer. One of my all-time favorite memories was him offering to make pancakes when I last visited with you all. His laughter roped everyone in, especially Ava & Amy. My darling hearts, how deeply I grieve with you and for you. I want to wrap you up in the tightest of hugs, snuggles and a pinch for good measure. You are all in my constant thoughts and I am with your heart. I can walk alongside you, I can lift you up, I can laugh in memory, and I can rejoice in all Tim did for anyone lucky enough to know him. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🤟🏻🤟🏻🤟🏻

Diana Reamer & family

Dear Amy and family, Our heartfelt prayers are with you and we will always honor Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Litka with Military Honors throughout the year , including special Military-Veterans Days of Remembrances & Memorials.

Ann Marie & Garry Puck, Navy &Marine veterans, respectfully, & from St. James,

I am so very sorry for your tragic loss. We served together at Fort Hood in the early 2000s. Tim was a superb attorney and officer and an even better man, with a bright smile and a quick, dry wit. May he rest in peace, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Patricia Ham

There are simply no words to say how much of a loss this is. Yet, we strive to show you how much you cared for. We are surrounding you with our love and prayers. Tim was a phenomenal man, who will be sorely missed. May his memory be a blessing to each of you. We love you both and long to be there to hug your necks.

The Cuviello Family

Dearest Amy & Ava, My heartfelt prayers and love are with y’all, my A++ girls! I cherish all the time we spent here in Garmisch, Germany together. I’m so grateful that we met! God planned it. Now His plans have included calling your precious Tim / Daddy home to Heaven. It’s heartbreaking for us on earth. Clearly our God has different plans that we cannot comprehend. He loves you as do I. I pray that His love, accompanied by the many prayers of family and friends, will comfort y’all during the difficult times. Godspeed. With love, Cristina & Andrew Michta

Cristina & Andrew Michta

Dearest Amy and Ava, I was absolutely heartbroken to hear about Tim's passing. I know how much he meant to both of you! Holding you in my heart and sending hugs. Love, Shanda

Shanda Lonkhurst

My Dear Amy & Ava, I am so sorry for your loss of Tim and Dad. Your lives will forever be changed. Sadly there are no real words of comfort. Please know that you all will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in each other through this devastating time. Lots of love, Jamie Davis in GAP

Jamie Davis

Dear Amy, Ava and Families, I'm so saddened for your loss, it is indescribable. You are all in my heart and prayers. I will light a candle in the little chapel of Hammersbach on Saturday. Elke

Elke Stenger

I am so sorry for your loss. Tim was an amazing person. I am praying for you and Ava during this difficult that God will comfort you both. Much love, Jeni, Nachelle & Nevyn

Jeni Peterson

Tim Litka was a fine officer, lawyer and soldier. He served his Nation with distinction. He was a great father. He shall be missed. Our families enjoyed our time together in Germany. Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy and Ava at this most difficult time.

Andrew Brinkman

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