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Parmer Mac "Bud" Terry

Bud passed away peacefully at home after a valiant battle with leukemia. Although a cancer diagnosis early in retirement was a shock to him, he didn’t let it define him. He continued to do many things that he loved, including traveling to Florida, keeping beautiful gardens, tinkering at his workbench and watching NASCAR and old westerns. Bud served in the US Navy aboard the USS Columbus from 1966 to 1970, during the Vietnam war. Following his four years in the navy, Bud worked in supply chain management at Brown Company for many years, where he met his wife of 43 years, Rita, who survives. Following the closure of Brown Company, he put his artistic talents to work for Sign Design and Otten’s Trophies. He considered himself lucky to do work that felt like a hobby. Many of his corporate signs still stand throughout the community. Bud was an exceptional bowler and spent over 50 years in the Kalamazoo major leagues, and is listed in the American Bowling Congress for a perfect 300 game in sanctioned bowling. His love of the game led him to coaching junior bowling, which he did for many years. He was also an avid fisherman and loved being on the Michigan lakes and going on Canadian fishing trips with the guys. In addition to his wife, Rita, Bud leaves behind two children; his son Andrew and his daughter, Michelle and her family, which includes his son-in-law Jeff and his grandchildren, of whom he was incredibly proud; Nicholas, J, Courtney (Garett) and Natalie. He was thrilled to learn at Christmastime that he was going to be a great-grandfather this summer. He is also survived by his brothers Manor “Butch” (Gloria), Mike (Susan), and Jeff, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nate and Vallie Terry and his younger brother Tony. He was a good ‘ol southern boy and according to his wishes, there will be a private family gathering later in the summer, where fishing, grilling and cold beers will celebrate his life. While we weren’t ready to lose him, we are incredibly grateful for the quick response and gentle care provided by Dr. Seagle and the entire staff at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, especially to nurse Anne V, who is an angel on earth. Cremation has taken place per Bud’s wishes. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Ln., Portage, MI 49002. Please visit Bud’s webpage to leave a memory for the family at www.avinkcremation.com. (269)344-5600.

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Our love and prayers are with you all. Bud was a wonderful friend and big brother during our years at Brown Company. So many wonderful memories. Love to the Terry family.

Rob & Darlene Haase Feb 22 2020 4:51 PM

Love, Tracey and Pride purchased the Angel Charm Stretch Bangle Bracelet for the family of Parmer Mac "Bud" Terry.

Love, Tracey and Pride Feb 19 2020 7:22 PM

The best neighbor that a person can have...It has been many years that we have lived next door to each other...We are going to miss Bud so much...Our hearts go out to Rita, Michelle and Andy and the Terry family... Ken, Kerry & Kori Stuart

Kerry Stuart Feb 18 2020 9:11 PM

Bud was a pure pleasure to work with and I am proud to call him my friend. He was a man that liked the simple things, a coffee in the morning, the visiting of the family and the pleasure of knowing someone else is doing well.Always said he married up and had a very proud story of his daughter, his son or his brother Jeff. Loved helping others. It was my honor to have known a good ole Hillbilly he use to call himself. Sincerely Joe Otten

Joe Otten Feb 16 2020 6:57 AM

Sending lots of love to this family that has been a second family to me. Bud was a good man, always happy to spend time with his family. May happy memories be a comfort to all in the days ahead.

Janessa Feb 15 2020 9:19 PM

Divine Peace Bouquet was purchased for the family of Parmer Mac "Bud" Terry.

Feb 14 2020 1:07 PM

Sending love and prayers to Rita and the Terry family on the loss of their beloved Bud. Gina and Fred Boehne

Gina Boehne Feb 14 2020 1:05 PM