Timothy Scott Stelling was born on January 22, 1951, in Tilden, Nebraska to Duane and Violet (Auman) Stelling. Tim graduated from high school in Bloomfield, Nebraska. He attended veterinarian school in Ames, Iowa.
On January 10, 1970, Tim was united in marriage to Linda McCain at United Brethren Church in Crofton, Nebraska. Tim joined the U.S. Air Force in 1971 and was stationed at March Air Force Base in California and Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska until 1974. This is where he met his best friend, Harry Hammonds, and the two became more like brothers. He continued his military career with the Air Force National Guard for another 5 years as the couple began farming with Tim's family in Nebraska in 1974. While farming he started working for Carnation Genetics. He always appreciated and enjoyed working with his family in Nebraska and with the community he lived.