Terry Gene Besemer
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Terry Gene Besemer

Terry Gene Besemer, age 82 of Howard City, passed away on September 27, 2022 at the U of M Hospital in Wyoming. He was born on April 6, 1940 in Howard City to Ezra Rice and Carol Margaret (Ames) Besemer. He was preceded in death by his wife Waltraut Trudy Conradi.

Terry graduated from Grand Haven High School where he played football, took scuba diving and played saxophone in the band. After high school he went into the US Air Force and served for four years. While in Germany he brought back a beautiful cuckoo clock from the Black Forest for his parents. After getting out of the service he worked for an Interstate Trucking Firm, farmed, was a machinist in tool & die, and painted houses. He bought a piece of land in deer country and built a new house near Howard City and started his own landscaping company. He worked with the Amish families in the area. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and taking short trips.

He is survived by one daughter, Melissa Fay Kellett of Cadillac, a grandson, Randy (Jessica) Kellet of Wilmington, Delaware, great grandchildren, Steven Ray Kellett Jr. of Cadillac, Caitlyn, Olivia, and Happy Kellet of Wilmington, Delaware. Terry's surviving siblings are, Joyce Mae (Bob) Bird of Muskegon and Maxine Elizabeth (Rev. Terry) Dodge of Charlotte, nieces and nephews, Michelle (Steven) Pester of Tennessee, Tobin Dodge of Wesille, Alaska, Trevor, Autumn, Winter Rose Willaude, Terry Dodge III, Holden Dodge, and a niece in-law, Jill Dodge of Berrien Springs.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Steven Ray Kellet, nephew, Terry Dodge Jr., and a niece Diane Bird.

Services will be held on Monday, October 3, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. at the Grace Community Church at 9920 Reed Road, Howard City, with Rev. Terry Dodge officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's. The Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain is handling funeral arrangements and thoughts and prayers may be left at www.burkholderfamilyfuneralhome@hotmail.com

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