Gerald J. Terhaar, 96, of Glenwood, died on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Glenwood Retirement Village.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, July 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood with Father Joe Vandeberg officiating. Inurnment was at Calvary Cemetery in Glenwood. Arrangements were with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Gerald Joseph Terhaar, the son of Ben and Anna (Zinner) Terhaar, was born on Aug. 25, 1921, on a farm near Pierz. He attended school in Grove Lake before enlisting in the Army in the summer of 1942. Gerald was deployed to the Normandy region of northern France, right after the initial invasion. His work involved automotive mechanics, signal corp, and cutting hair. He was honorably discharged in October 1945.

After returning from the military, Gerald began farming east of Glenwood. Over the years he was involved in custom farming throughout the Glenwood area, including running his own acreage around Glenwood.

Gerald was united in marriage to Rosella Bryce on Sept. 15, 1947. They made their home on a farm east of Glenwood. After retirement Gerald and Rosella made their home in Villard, and later Gerald moved to the Villa in Glenwood.

Gerald enjoyed playing the concertina, and his wife Rosella, played bass guitar. Gerald also was involved in square dancing, restoring old tractors and fishing. Gerald continued to play the concertina up until three months prior to his passing. He was a longtime member of St. Bartholomew and Sacred Heart Catholic churches, where he ushered for 50 years. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus and served as chairman of the Glenwood Township Board for a number of years.

Gerald died on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Glenwood Retirement Village having lived to the age of 96 years. May his memory be blessed.

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