Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ivan Terwilliger 1912-1986

Ivan Terwilliger, of Eldon, formerly of Vienna, was born on December 24, 1912, in Maries County, a son of Frank E. and Rosetta Terwilliger, and departed this life at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, February 11, 1986 in the Harry S, Truman Veterans Administration Hospital, Columbia, during heart surgery.  Mr. Terwilliger had attained the age of 73 years, one month and seventeen days.

On January 26, 1945, at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, Mr. Terwilliger entered into active federal service in the Army of the United States and served until December 1, 1945, when he was honorably discharged at Camp Haan, California.  During his military career, Mr. Terwilliger served as a automotive mechanic and was entitled to wear the Victory Medal World War II.  His “Honorable Discharge” is a testimonial of honest and faithful service to his country during World War II.

Mr. Terwilliger attended the Aurora Springs Baptist Church near Eldon and was a self-employed carpenter for many years.  He built and opened the Wye Motel near Vienna in 1961 and operated his motel business until his retirement in 1977 when he moved from the Vienna community to Eldon where he made his home until his death.

Fond memories of Mr. Terwilliger will long be remembered in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were conducted for Mr. Terwilliger at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, February 15, 1986, in the First Baptist Church, Vienna, with the Reverend Bob Stevenson, Pastor, Aurora Springs Baptist Church, Eldon officiating.

Interment was in the Vienna Cemetery under the direction of the Vienna Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes.

Pallbearers for Mr. Terwilliger were leslie Clark, Steve Clark, Adin Shanks, Floyd Clark, Emil Shanks and Melvin Shanks.

Those left to mourn the passing of Mr. Terwilliger include: two sons, Don Terwilliger, Bradenton Beach, Florida, and Dallas Terwilliger, Eldon; two daughters, Mrs. Nadine Unell, Bradenton Beach, Florida, and Mrs. Carlene Jenkins, Fairbanks, Alaska; one brother, Leland (missing text); one sister, Mrs. Lavera _____, Belle; fourteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Mr. Terwilliger was preceded in death by his father on May 9, 1942; his mother on July 9, 1929; three brothers, Oran Terwilliger, Leonard Terwilliger and Leman Terwilliger; and two sisters, Mrs. Amy DeYoung and Mrs. Wiona Clark.

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