Ever Rest Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel

1783 East Keating Ave, Muskegon, MI


Terry Donald Elwell

June 20, 1953November 5, 2019

Terry D. Elwell, born to Mildred (Post) and Colly A. Elwell on June 20, 1953 went to join his friends and family members who have been waiting for him at the “watering hole in the sky” for his eternal break-time on November 5th, 2019.

Terry was a kind hearted soul. He always made sure that if anyone needed anything, they had it, even if it was at his own expense. He enjoyed hunting with his buddies. Though often, more beer drinking got done than hunting. He also loved telling and hearing hunting stories. Even in his last days, his eyes lit up watching videos of various trail cameras. He liked spending time being goofy with his kids and grandkids and always tried to pull one over on them. His sense of humor and lightheartedness will be missed; including his epic “dad jokes”. If anyone had a project, whether it be home improvements or car repairs, he was right there, tearing stuff apart. Luckily for us, he had a lot of “buddies” to step in to put stuff back together.

Left to carry on his legacy and goofy sense of humor are his loving wife of 46 years, Denise; children, Amy Elwell, Lisa (Jeff) Shumaker, and Sara (Bryce) Edgerton; grandchildren Alexandria, Daniel, Lauren, Rachael, Benjamin, and Kyle. Many extended family and friends.

A celebration to honor Terry’s life will be 12 noon, Friday, November 8, 2019 at Ever Rest Funeral Home and Chapel, 1783 E. Keating Ave., Muskegon.

Visitation will be Friday from 11:00am until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Please visit www.everrestfuneralhomeandchapel.com to leave a message or memory for the Elwell family.


  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, November 8, 2019


Terry Donald Elwell

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Kelly Cribbs

November 7, 2019

Where to start...how about the time he rooted me on and guided me in reeling in my biggest large mouth bass. Then tried to tell me it was too small and I must throw it back. Or how about the time I was in middle school and he met me at the bus stop and followed me home singing Happy Birthday and Like a Rock. I could also go on forever talking about all the home projects he helped us finish. My life is one of the many "Papa" has touched and I will be forever grateful to have been blessed to call him friend and family. I will forever hold the memories, dear brother in-law. ❤️

Sara Edgerton

November 7, 2019

I'm not sure how to limit the words to just 2000. So I will make attempt to make this short and sweet. Dad you taught me to find the funny in life. To be silly, no matter who was watching. To love and give with my whole heart. To give my ALL in everything I do and nothing less. You didn't teach it with words but with your actions. I am thankful you have been such a great Dad, not only to me but to my husband as well. You taught him a lot of things, not only about cars and fixing things. But about life and how to prioritize things. I will miss you forever and ever until we meet again. My job down here is to live my life like you would have lived yours, make memories with family and friends and to live and love by helping people.

Cathy Walsworth

November 7, 2019

He was such a selfless man. When I was a kid I found myself homeless and he opened his home to me no questions asked. His sarcastic smart butt comments always had me cracking up. He will be greatly missed.

Paula Gonzalez

November 7, 2019

Denise, Amy, Lisa and Sara. My heart goes out to you ladies at hearing of Terry’s passing away. Terry was a heck of a guy and he will be missed deeply.
All my love,

Lisa Shumaker

November 7, 2019

Dad... such a short simple word. But you were everything but a simple short word. (Total pun intended) You showed me how to be a kind compassionate person; but also how not to take any body’s guff. You taught me to be forgiving; and to know when to ask for forgiveness. You also taught me to give people the benefit of the doubt; unless they gave me reason to doubt. You always encouraged me to chase my dreams and to never give up when the odds were against me. You also taught me to be brave and to be strong. I learned to be a pain the butt because of you. That’s not so appreciated by others; especially by mom; but that’s ok. I also learned from you to love myself and to be “me” and to not care if anyone didn’t like it. This is something that I am honored to have passed down to your grandchildren whom adored you so much. I’m glad they got to be your grandkids because they had the best papa of all time and space. When you left us, a little bit of me left with you. And that’s ok because I know you’ll keep it safe. Thanks also for being a dad to my husband. He is a much better man having had you in his life. You (and mom) gave us a good life and many; many memories and values. I will continue to instill your ways into my kids so they remember where they came from. And that’s how we'll keep you alive and well in our hearts. Until we meet again old man....I love you and be careful.

Jamie Lorenz

November 6, 2019

Terry, I will never forget the times we spent working with your best buddy Art. Never a dull moment, and times I will never forget.

Jill Cribbs

November 6, 2019

Terry was always welcoming and funny. I knew him more when I was a teenager . He would include me and my brother, Mike, in his teasing along with all of our cousins. Terry was a kind and funny man.

Erick Grimmer

November 5, 2019

I am sorry for the family's loss. I have so many great memories of Terry. He was an amazing man who I called Uncle Terry growing up. He was always there to help his friends and helped me on countless projects. There were times I'd only see him once a year at hunting camp. I always looked forward to this as he had the best stories and sense of humor. I will never forget all of the great times and stories that were shared.

Terry OBrien

November 5, 2019

I only knew Terry through his daughter Lisa. She shared with me stories and family memories, and Terry even has one of our license plates in his collection. I am 55 days older than Terry and will meet him one day. Sounds like a life well lived. Jennifer and I send our condolences.

Lorie Smith

November 5, 2019

I knew Terry as he married into the Cribbs clan. Not sure if he knew what he was in for all those years ago, but he was a welcomed addition. The first memory I have of Terry is when Denise was cutting his jeans to make a pair of cutoff shorts...and they were still on him...and Denise seemed to make them quite short...a tad awkward for a naive young teenager to watch. I think we were headed to the lake. Terry was pretty patient with having me at Denise's and his home many weekends when they were just newlyweds when I was making road trips across M46 exerting my independence at 16 (still in awe my folks let me do that...but times were different back in the day). I remember one of those trips, I left Midland and didn't tell anyone where I was going (boys were in charge as folks were gone), and Sunday evening rolled around, and a phone call came in, and Terry answered...and assured my folks all was cool. It was an honor to be part of your journey and wedding, and I am sure Dick and the other Cribbs you knew who passed before you have welcomed you along with your clan in your next chapter. Denise, we traveled different roads in life, but know my heart is with you at this time and always. Hugs, Denise, you were my childhood idol, a sister.