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“My thoughts and prayers to Terry's wonderful family. I had the highest respect for Terry. He was a good and honest man and fun to be around. So sorry...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Cheryl Luse

“My thought and prays are with all of Terry's family and friends. ”
2 of 26 | Posted by: Peggy (Moles) Ruhkamp - Blair, NE

“Myron and I were so glad we were able to visit Terry and you in Souix Falls and share some time with you and Terry. We will treasure those visits...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara Nilson - Springview, NE

“To Karla and family and to Kaye, Linda, Dale and their families: My heart breaks for you in the loss of Terry. His smile was infectious & I will...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Bob & Carol(Jamison) Painter - NE

“I am so sorry to hear about Terry. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Kevin Payne, Penny, Justin, and Paige Veskrna ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: Penny Veskrna - Aberdeen, SD

“Karla There are no words to express how deeply the loss goes. He was a great person and even though hadn't seen in years remember his smile always...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Jean Bucholz - Mitchell, SD

“Karla, I will miss Terry's friendly smile and the sincere "Hello" He was a good friend and fellow teammate on the trap team. I was proud to call...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Kathy and Jim Cahoy - Colome, SD

“Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear Just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. Terry's beautiful smile...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Larry and Dixie (Boyd) Worth - NE

“Karla: Sorry to hear about Terry, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I also like that picture, but I always had to look...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Gary and Linda Nelson - Phoenx, AZ

“Karla, we are so sorry for your loss of Terry. It seems that when cancer gets ahold of someone it doesn't let go. Buck will try to attend his funeral...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Buck and Doris Carr - Springview, NE

“Words cannot express how sadden we are for the family In the loss of this wonderful man. He touched so many with his warm smiles, friendly hellos,...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Della B and Gary Z - winner, SD

“Out thoughts are with you all. May your cherished memories bring you comfort during this time. ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: Jason and Anna Percy - Rowena, SD

“Karla, We were so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. We haven't seen you in sometime, but knew that You and Terry were going through a tough time...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Sally and Lanny Mong - Merriam, KS

“My thoughts and prayers are with Terry and family. He will be missed and feel blessed to have known him. One truly great guy. ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Tim Pravecek - Winner, SD

“Wishing you all comfort and peace. God Bless. Andrea, Dan and Elise Nelson ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Andrea Nelson - Family friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. I remember him working for Dad. He always had a smile with a friendly hello. ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: Cara McCoy - Randolph, NE

“So sorry for you loss. ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Gary and Sue Baker - Alexander, SD

“We are so sorry to hear this, our thoughts and prayers to his family. ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Eugene and Carol Odenbach

“I was sorry to hear of this. I remember Terry as a cute little kid in the neighborhood. God bless you and your family. Diana Kinzer Syfie ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Diana Syfie - Ainsworth, NV

“I LOVE this picture of Terry...his grin lit up a room and with that look you just never quite knew what he was going to do or say...HA that is what I...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: lexi heath - onida, SD

“My deepest sympathy, Karla, and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Terry was a fine person, called home too soon by man's measurement, but wanted...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Candy Erk Manthey - Rapid City, SD

“I was blessed to call Terry my uncle. We will all miss him so much. ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Lesa Hodgin - ft pierre, SD

“Sorry sorry for your loss, Terry was a great guy with a great sense of humor, he will be missed. ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Thomas Peterson - Houston, TX

“I'm so sorry for your loss. terry was my neighbor growing up. always smiling! ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Colette weickum swan - rapid city, SD

“I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with u all . Sorry i can not be there. but know I will be thinking of u all. ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: cheryl sranley (jerred) - WY

“Karla, I was so saddened to hear of Terry's passing. It has been a pleasure getting to know both of you. I will miss his smiling face and joking...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: SHEILA ISAIS - friend


Terry Earl Luse was born July 28, 1951 to Earl and Lucile (Johnson) Luse. He was the third of four children. Terry attended grade school all eight years at the little school house right at the top of the hill being taught by his sister Kaye, and Rod Billings and Glenn Linse, who later became his cousins-in-law. He went to Keya Paha County High School and graduated in 1969. Terry then attended half a semester of diesel mechanics school in Springfield, SD.

Terry married his high school sweetheart, Karla Nilson on April 4, 1970. Other than two years spent living east of Burton, NE, they lived all of their married life on the home place just north of Wewela.

Terry was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on December 13, 1970. They were members of Grace Lutheran Church in Burton, NE for over 40 years and later transferred to the Zion Lutheran Church of Colome, SD.

He was a member of the Burton Bombers men's softball team and also coached baseball in Wewela and Clearfield. Many fond memories and friendships were made during these times. Terry was also active on the Wewela Community Hall Board, the Keya Paha township board, Grace Lutheran Church, and Zion Lutheran Church and belonged to trap clubs in Springview and Winner.

Terry instilled his love of shooting and hunting in his son and grandkids. Many hours were spent out on the deck shooting prairie dogs or waiting in a deer blind and walking the draws looking for "the big one" during deer season. His other love was farming and watching his crops grow. This started at a very early age, as he remembered and talked fondly about using an 8N Ford and two row equipment with his Grandpa Johnson and dad.

Terry was a people person, he never met a stranger and greatly enjoyed visiting with anyone he encountered. He was a prankster with a contagious attitude and laugh, who loved his family and friends very deeply, especially is grandkids and lived by the motto "the best things in life are not things." Terry will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his best friend and wife of 45 years, Karla; his son Shannon (Brandy) Luse; daughter Terri Lee (Tom) Cahoy; six grandchildren: Samantha (Brent) Olson, Jake Luse, Cameron Biggins, Will, Wyatt, and Westlie Cahoy; great grandson Bo Olson; two sisters Kaye Smolik and Linda (Theron) Hodgin; one brother Dale (Teresa) Luse; a special aunt Margie Williams; three brothers-in-law: Myron (Barb) Nilson, Howard (DeeAnne) Nilson, and Galen (Dixie) Nilson; four sisters-in-law: Margo (Darrell) Dawson, Cindy (Ted) Cook, DeEtta (David) Grooms, and Holly (Mike) Moore as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

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Funeral services for Terry Luse were held Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Keya Paha County High School Gym in Springview, NE with Pastor Don Windsperger officiating. A visitation and prayer service was held Friday evening at Zion Lutheran Church in Colome, SD.

Elizabeth Cahoy and Deloris Mullen were in charge of registration.

Ushers were Ray Worden and Dan Musilek.

Flower attendants were Nancy Miller and Tanya Fletcher.

Music was provided by Joan Swim, pianist. Soloist Kayla Sefus sang "In Christ Alone." Stan Libolt played the saxophone "Amazing Grace" and "In the Garden." Soloist Geoff Smith sang "Precious Lord Take My Hand.

Casket Bearers were Samantha Olson, Jake Luse, Brent Olson, Cameron Biggins, Will Cahoy, Wyatt Cahoy, and Westlie Cahoy.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Gary & Kathy Woods, Mick & Marylynne Zink, Marion & Linda Ishmael, Charles & Bev Axtell, and Dean & Jackie Musilek.

Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Springview, NE.