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Terry Eaton

Terry Lee Eaton, of Kalamazoo passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at the age of 76. Terry was born on April 23, 1944 to Erwin and Isadore (Nelson) Eaton. Terry was proud to serve his country during the Vietnam War. Terry also worked for Michigan Department of Transportation for 30 years. In his spare time Terry enjoyed gardening, hunting, camping, and fishing. In the past 5 years he also volunteered at Senior Services with Toolman Tuesday and Habitat for Humanity. Terry is survived by his wife of 49 ½ years Joyce Herrick: children; Tanya, Kelly, and Brian: grandchildren; Tristan, Madison, Alexander, Brandon, Heather, Ryan, Tyler, and Zachary: great grandchildren; Aaden, Breighlynn, Lillianna: siblings; sister; Helen Hall; brother; Ernest Eaton, Gerald Eaton, Darrell Eaton: many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Terry is preceded in death by his parents, 8 brothers and 1 sister. A graveside service will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Ln., Portage, MI 49087 (269-344-5600).

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Terry was one of my favorite people to work with on Habitat Homes. He worked hard and with a bunch of humor. He knew what he was doing, and often would try the unconventional approach when appropriate. I'm so sad to see him go. The last time I saw him was the end of last year because I was recovering from a knee replacement operation, but it seems like yesterday we were having fun on the job. Rest in peace, Terry. You were one of the good ones. ...Paul Franklin..... fellow Wednesday Habitat for Humanity worker

Paul Franklin Jul 1 2020 5:49 PM

You will be building relationships in Heaven! So grateful for your 1100+ hours with Habitat!

Joe Gemmill Jun 26 2020 7:52 PM

I have such fond memories of working with Terry at Kalamazoo Habitat for Humanity. I really enjoyed our conversations, every time I saw him he had a joke for me. Terry was a skilled volunteer Who enjoyed being a part of the Habitat Wednesday volunteer crew, and just a great person. My thoughts and prayers to Terrys family. Peace. Michaelyn

Michaelyn Denny Jun 25 2020 2:17 PM

Thank you so much for the pictures!

Kelly Osteen Jun 25 2020 7:48 AM

Terry was such a kind and gentle spirit. I met Terry while working at Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity. I recall there would be times on the jobsite where he would walk up to me with and ask if he could talk with me. He would than proceed to tell me a joke that had us both laughing out loud. Terry enjoyed his coffee and donuts and working alongside his fellow Habitat volunteers. Rest in peace Terry. - Tim Smolenski

Tim Smolenski Jun 24 2020 2:32 PM

I was fortunate to meet Terry at Tuesday Toolmen and to work with him on many projects. I will miss his friendship and quiet humor.

Gregory Morris Jun 23 2020 11:21 AM

Dear Eaton family, It's so hard to lose our loved ones, but know that Terry made our lives and work a little better each day. We in the Toolmen serve others, but also as a band of brothers and sisters heal each other. Terry was a gem, and we'll miss him, too. Scott Aldrich

Scott Jun 23 2020 9:14 AM

Dear all, I was one of the Wednesday volunteer crew at Habitat and we worked together often. I was also aware of his involvement with Tuesday Toolman and admired his dedication to service. I didn't know much about his life outside of those activities. We are nearly the same age and both were involved in the military during the Vietnam conflict; I remained stateside. I will miss him greatly and wish all of you who shared much more of life with Terry God's peace. It was probably the last Wednesday prior to the shutdown that we said goodbye, knowing that he would be facing surgeries. I wish now that we had made a bigger thing of his going. I am relatively new to Kalamazoo and, in this time of pandemic, I pray that you will still be able to experience Terry's life through the eyes of the multitude of people who were blessed by his life. Ray Sweany

Ray Sweany Jun 22 2020 9:45 PM

I got to know Terry when he joined Tuesday Toolmen. I worked with him on many occasions and really enjoyed his wit and skills. My thoughts and prayers are offered to his family. I know he is now in a better place. Rest in peace Terry. Richard Bommersbach

Richard Bommersbach Jun 22 2020 4:27 PM

I met Terry when he joined Tuesday Toolmen. We worked on many projects together and as fellow Vietnam veterans we shared many memories of our experiences there. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Terry, he was always one of my favorite people to work with and be around. He had a subtle sense of humor and we used to smirk when he would say something quietly humorous and people dident get it. I will miss Terry greatly but I know he is in a better place. Bob Arnold

Bob Arnold Jun 22 2020 3:29 PM

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