Harlin L. Terry, 93, of Littleton, passed away at 4:10 PM, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
He was born on December 22, 1924, in Beardstown, Illinois, the son of Charles E. and Lillian Elizabeth (Riggall) Terry. He married Margaret Trone on August 24, 1947, at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville.
Surviving are his wife Margaret of Littleton, son Stephen Terry and wife Cathy of Littleton, daughter Rita Geisler and husband James of Rushville, five grandchildren Stephanie Maliongas, Sally Trone and husband Steve, Terri Belville and husband Dennis, Scott Terry and Anne Oliver and husband Justin, 12 great grandchildren Cody Morris and wife Jayme, Abigail Morris, Alex Kellerman, Jakob Maliongas, Deni Trone, Tyler Trone, Madelyn Belville, Carson Belville, Charlie Terry, Ethan Oliver, Mitchell Oliver and Emersyn Oliver, five great great grandchildren Keaton, Dawsyn, Jaxson and Oliver Morris and Lillian Zeisler, one sister Carolee Gorsuch of Littleton and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Earl Terry and a grandson-in-law Adam Maliongas.
Harlin joined the United States Navy, during WW II. He served as a ships cook Second Class Petty Officer aboard the SS America, which was the first cruise ship converted to a troop transport ship. After the service, he worked for a short time at Porcelain Plant in Macomb. He then became a farmer for his entire life, surveying the crops the last week of his life. He and his son operated a logging business for over 50 years, until 2008.
He attended the Littleton Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting raccoons and mushrooms. He cherished time with his family and everyone looked forward to Sunday get togethers. He was a dedicated caregiver to his parents for many years. He loved humor and was a practical jokester.
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Monday, July 9, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Steve Hoover officiating. Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials are suggested to the Schuyler School District Lunch Program or the First Baptist Church of Littleton.