Terry Whitehurst

July 8, 1948May 16, 2012

Peoria: Terry L. Whitehurst, 63, of Peoria passed away at 12:18 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Terry was born July 8, 1948, a son of Lawrence & Mary (Loew) Whitehurst.

He is survived by his mother Mary of Peoria; son, Gary (Michele) of East Peoria; one granddaughter Tori; three brothers, Tom (Marlene) of Missouri, Tim (Betty) of Peoria, and Scott (Karen) of East Peoria; and Jackie Giddens with whom he shared his life.

Terry was a Vietnam Veteran. He did two tours in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne.

He retired from Caterpillar in 2002. He was a member of the Eagles Club on East Lane in Peoria, and UAW 974.

Terry was preceded in death by his father and his brother Steve.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday May 20, 2012 at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. The Rev. John Plunkett will officiate. The family will receive friends and family two hours prior. I n lieu of flowers the family asks that a memorial be given to Wounded Warriers.

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Gordon Wassell

June 26, 2012

So very sad to just hear of Terry's passing. We first met as freshmen at L.CH.S. as we were assigned alphabetically to the same homeroom. Four years and many memories later, we ended on the same note. I'm so very glad we shared those years together. He will continue to be fondly remembered.

steve champagne

May 29, 2012

I never met terry in person but we had sent emails back and forth . When i was looking for info on my brother who died in vetnam . I would like to let the family know i too will miss terry and know of his kindness first hand with his help he gave me and its sad to see another one who gave so much and ask so little leave us. I send along a prayer and my fondess wishes

May 28, 2012

Every summer I would come home to my neighbors telling me a suspicious bearded man was creeping through my garden. He was looking for my prized large tomatoes! The competition was fierce between us!! I will hold onto those memories and think of my Uncle Terry every tomato I pick from here on. He nicknamed me "The Captain" during my dad's cancer treatment and was there to support me in every important decision I had to make. His sense of humor could not be matched by anyone. He had me laughing till I cried during the most difficult times of my life. Beezers and I enjoyed walking to see him & Jackie at night. I am so blessed to have had such a loving uncle!! I will never ever forget him and will keep his memory alive in my heart! Rest in peace, but raise hell up there in heaven with my dad!! I love you Uncle Terry!!!

Doug Augustine

May 24, 2012

Terry was my friend, my thoughts today are with him and his family. God bless you my friend, and God bless your family.

Mark Peters

May 23, 2012

To Scott and Gary, very well said. I always thought very highly of Terry and all of you. I was always proud to let people know that Terry was my cousin and let them know whet he did for all us and our country. I am proud to to be related to all of you. Love you all,
Mark Peters

Scott Whitehurst

May 21, 2012

The passing of a loved one is always difficult and filled with sorrow. Before that, there was lots of joy. We shared some big laughs and some memorable times. Thank you to all that shared in our joy and sorrow. Scandinavian proverb:"Joy shared is twice the joy, sorrow shared is half the sorrow"

May 21, 2012

Mission accomplished. Now I can feel just a little bit at peace. Son,father,grandfather,soldier and hero. Now the secret is out my dad was amazing all the way around. I hope everyone got a real chance to know my Dad the way way I did. I can not begin to thank everyone for making today the most honorable gift for my Dad. I am so proud of him and am so lucky to be his son. Dad, you may have thought it was a little too much because you were too modest; but, I tell you it wasn't enough! I love you so much! Tell Grandpa and Uncle Steve we love them so much. Nobody there today will ever hear a helicopter the same way again! I miss you so much, but your mission here is complete. And nobody did it better!

Love your son, Gary

May 20, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Brian and Sherrie Withers

Mike Lormand

May 19, 2012

To the Whitehurst family & Jackie God Bless each of you during this period of suffering.
We served together in the Nam, E-troop 17th Cav. 67-68. Terry and I keep contact by phone and e-mail over the years.

As will the family I will miss my brother in arms and close friend. He now is in the hands of God, being comforted and cared for.

May 19, 2012

Sorry for your loss. I remember Terry from grade school at Christ Lutheran. We were friends. - Rev. Bill Schreiber (dayton, Ohio)