Terry Robert McGeorge

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

May 19, 1933 -- May 3, 2013

Sixteen days before his 80th birthday, Terry went home to his heavenly father to join his wife, Lynn, family and friends who prepared his way.

He is survived by his children, Judy (Rick) Smith, Mike and Terry Mark McGeorge; and by three grandchildren, Breanna and Jenna McGeorge and Seth Smith. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas R. McGeorge and Lottie H. Monroe, and by his two brothers, Tom and Don.

Born in Cedar Rapids. Terry lived and schooled in Iowa, until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1954. He married German-born Engelina Boettcher in 1957 meeting her in Frankfurt, Germany, while serving in the U.S. Army as a German language interpreter. Lynn and Terry lived in the United States since December 1958. Terry remained married to Lynn even after her death in October 2006.

Terry's parents were long time residents on Big Spirit Lake since 1955 and the reason for the family's residence in 1973. Terry was school and hospital board member and worked as personnel manager at McQuay-Perfex. The company transferred Terry to Milwaukee in 1979 which is where the family continues to live today.

Because of Terry's impeccable ability to appreciate, understand and find the qualities in each person, he was recommended to consider human resources as a vocation. After 31 years in personnel management for various companies, Terry retired in 1996.

In addition to his vocation, Terry was a minister for 40 years with the Community of Christ Church. Terry was active in Kiwanis and other charitable organizations, especially those working with the developmentally disabled. He also loved to sing, both in church and in senior chorus. Next to his Lord and his family, Terry's main love was golf.

A Memorial Celebration was held Friday, May 10, in Brookfield, Wis. Contributions made in Terry's memory support the Community of Christ Church in Wauwatosa, Wis., where a garden tribute to Terry and Lynn McGeorge (1934-2006) is currently under construction.