Jack R. Terry
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Kimberling City, MO
Mt. Ayr, IA
Born July 31, 1924, in Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, he moved with his family in 1926 to Polo, Illinois, where he graduated from high school in 1942. He attended the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, receiving his ensign's commission and bachelor of science degree in 1945. He served the next 15 months as navigator aboard amphibious craft in the South Pacific.
Following his discharge from the Navy in 1946, he returned to the University of Minnesota where he received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1949. After a year as a news editor of the Tri-County Press at Polo, Illinois, he bought and operated the Lamoni, Iowa, Chronicle from 1950 until 1969.
In April 1966, he purchased the Mount Ayr, Iowa, Record-News, which he owned and operated until 1982. In addition to weekly newspapers, Terry owned and published the Herald of Health, a nationally circulated health magazine for 20 years, and Joe's Bulletin, a small flower grower's magazine, for 15 years.
On August, 24, 1951, he married Helen Ann Copenhaver of Polo Illinois; they were parents of three daughters, and one son who preceded him in death. Terry married Dorothy Garber Johnson in 1984; they made their retirement home in Kimberling City, MO. He is survived by four grandsons and five great-grandchildren.
A 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite Masonic order, Terry was a life member of Sigma Delta Chi, national journalistic fraternity, and affiliated with Kappa Tau Alpha, honorary journalism fraternity. He also served as president of Rotary and Lions clubs in Iowa. He was a member of Table Rock Post 637, American Legion, and served several terms as treasurer of the Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City, MO.
Short services were conducted at Stumpff Funeral Home South in Kimberling City with interment in Farimount Cemetery, Polo, Illinois. A memorial has been established for the Kimberling City Area Library, P.O. Box 730, Kimberling City, MO. 65686.
Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 18, 2013