Terry M. Ellerman, age 67, of Rochester, Minnesota died Saturday, December 2, 2017 at his home.
Terry was born in Waseca on May 26, 1950 to Ronald and Anita (Larson) Ellerman. The family later moved to Rochester and Terry graduated from John Marshall High School in 1968. After graduation he entered the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Higbee until being honorably discharged in 1973. Later in life he worked at several Rochester hotels and Home Depot.
Terry was an active member of VFW post 1215 in Rochester, serving on their Honor Guard. He was also active in veterans causes, assisting in fundraising for memorials and a flagpole at Oakwood East cemetery. After surviving a heart attack thanks to an AED, he was active in promoting installation of these devices. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his son, Todd (and Rachel) Ellerman of Rochester; sister, Cindy (and Marv) Sawyer; nephew, Scott Sawyer; and niece, Brooke (and Torsten) Arnold. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 11, 2017 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes' Chapel. A Visitation will be held Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Oakwood East Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the VFW Post 1215.
To share a special memory or condolence, please visit: www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.
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Terry's generous spirt, kind heart and smile will be missed and remembered by all. He touched many in this community and his actions to support this community will be spoken of often and with fond remembrance. We can feel privileged that we had the opportunity to know him, to work with him and most importantly, spend time with. I will miss my coffee buddy.
Terry will be missed in our West Circle dr. location at HY-Vee. My Dairy isle will be very quiet, as Terry would come to say hi for a minute or 4 about 3 times a week. He was very proud Vetren and family man, and he will be missed from all the workers at HY-Vee. His Post im sure will feel low, but Terry would be the first to say time to move on, and you all got the Job done with the new VFW now. He will rest in Peace and have all his body and soul restored in heaven. God bless you terry and all your Family's, Kevin your helpful smile in the dairy isle Hy-Vee NW Rochester.
I met Terry once when we came to Minnesota. He was an awesome person, so kind and caring. We had a lot of fun while we were there visiting in Minnesota. Terry showed us the Military Memorial along with other places to site see in Rochester. We became very close friends over the years after meeting Terry through our Mutual Friend Beth Irlbeck. Terry was always there to help anyone he could. I had an Uncle who passed away 10 years ago and my uncle's wife was not offered the flag or marker for her husbands grave. Terry took all the info' and arranged for the flag and marker for my Uncles grave. My Aunt was so happy and grateful for what Terry did for her. Terry had always told me his life experiences in the Military and Navy, all about the Color Guard, the Parades and all that he lead out in and the help that he was able to offer to anyone who was in need. I sold Scentsy at that time and Terry liked the Scentsy Warmers because they had the Navy Warmer. He was proud to have that warmer in his home. Terry was a joy to talk to and we would talk for hours on the phone. He had always planned on making a trip to Wisconsin to visit us but then, his health made it hard for him to travel long distances. We are saddened by his death, with Sympathy to Terry's Family & his special friend Beth Irlbeck. God bless you all in this sad and difficult time.
I only met Terry once, we were both Ford car guys and I enjoyed talking with him about the muscle cars of years past. My Sympathy to Terry's family and to his special friend of 20 years, Beth Irlbeck.
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