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Terwilleger, John Sheldon (1939 - 2021)


Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 4/22/2021 at 18:31:44

Name of deceased: John Sheldon Terwilleger

Aged: 81 yrs, 7 mo, 12 days

Residence: Dow City, Crawford County, IA

Born: Aug. 27, 1939; Shelby County, IA

Died: April 8, 2021; Dow City, Crawford County, IA (COVID-19)

Funeral services: Monday, April 12, 2021; Fouts Funeral Home, Dunlap, IA; burial was in the Dow City Cemetery, Dow City, IA

Survived by: Wife of 60 years, Sandra Terwilleger of Dow City, IA; children, J. Aaron Terwilleger (spouse, Pam) of Dow City, IA, Mark Terwilleger (spouse, Kandi) of Graettinger, IA, Kim Terwilleger (SO Hilton Frey) of Meeteetse, WY, and Krystal Terwilleger (SO, Gene VonTersch) of Denison, IA; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Wright of Omaha, NE; other family members and friends

Predeceased by: Parents, J. Wayne and Eleanor (nee Terrell) Terwilleger; grandson, Jakob Dio Hamer; brother, Gary Terwilleger

Education: Attended country school In Shelby County, IA, through Grade 8, and then 1 year of high school at the Dunlap (IA) High School; Later on in life John received his GED.

Religious affiliation: Member, United Methodist Church, Dow City, IA

Military service: In 1956, he joined the U. S. Army, serving 3 years; his tour included 15 months in the DMZ of Korea

Marriage: Sandra Soper; Dec. 7, 1960; Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, IA

Employment: After leaving school, John worked for neighboring farmers as a teenager, fixing fences, chopping wood, and hauling hay bales after his military service, he returned to Iowa and was employed in the Dunlap and Dow City areas before moving to Omaha, NE. where he worked for Pepsi Cola, Omaha Grain Exchange, and United Airlines. After his marriage, he worked at IBP, Inc., a meat wholesaler in Denison, IA for 25 years, then Boyer Valley Rendering, and finally for the State of Iowa on road maintenance.

Hobbies/Interests: Loved to go fishing and hunting with his kids; played guitar and sang together as a family; after he retired, he enjoyed playing the banjo and guitar, playing golf, and working in his yard.

Sources: foutsfuneralhome.com


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