Terry Brandenburg
1951 - 2021
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Terry Brandenburg

Carmel - Terry Brandenburg, 69, of Carmel, passed away on Jan. 4, 2021. He was born on Nov. 23, 1951, in Lafayette, IN. Terry is missed and loved by many.

Terry was a 1970 graduate of Muncie Central High School and a proud and accomplished 1976 graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Terry practiced Veterinary Equine Medicine for 43 years and was known and respected for his knowledgeable, practical, and dedicated approach. As many of his clients found when he retired in 2019, he is impossible to replace. Terry was very understanding to his clients and cared as much for the owners as he did the animals. It wasn't uncommon for Terry to "forget" a bill for someone going through hard times.

He was a very generous, kind and principled man who always took the lead and was there to take care of people in need. He made everyone feel valued and had the strength and patience to give thoughtful and tough advice. He was a loving, supportive, and caring husband to Sue and they shared many adventures and travels together. He was very happy to have found his Sue. Terry cared deeply about his children and was very proud of Brett. He was the best "Grumpa" to his grandchildren. He thrived in this role and had the perfect balance between being stern when necessary and spoiling them the rest (most) of the time.

Terry was a loyal Purdue fan and never missed a game, no matter if he was at home or Mexico. Terry and Sue enjoyed their winters at their home in Mazatlan, Mexico and there will be many that will miss his Hoosier/Spanish accent. They spent countless evenings having dinner and listening to music on the Plaza Machado or just relaxing and having margaritas with friends.

Terry was extremely active. He loved canoeing the Boundary Waters on the Minnesota-Canada border. He was able to truly relax at the boundary waters where there were no motors and he could canoe for days without seeing another person. He was an avid pickleball player in both Indianapolis and Mazatlan and will be missed on the courts. Terry and Sue also loved taking their horses camping and trail riding all over the country. He was an accomplished and patient rider, even when faced with a herd of buffalo.

Terry was a 38 year member of the Lebanon Rotary Club. He served as chair and host of the traditional Octoberfest for the club for a number of years as well as taking part in many service projects. Terry was known in the Bridge community where he belonged to friendly and competitive bridge groups. He was always willing to join in a game and loved coming in first.

Terry is survived by his wife, Sue Brandenburg; son, Brett Brandenburg; daughter, Kate Brandenburg; grandchildren, Nolan, Devin and Bensen; sister, Kathy (David) Segal; step-children, Nikki Gray, Jaime (Kyle) Moore and Simon (Lisa) Ashmore; cousins, Mark, Steve, David, Lisa, Kirk and Eric; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Judith Brandenburg.

Family and friends will gather Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 for visitation from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon. A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. You are invited to visit the website www.strawmyerdrury.com where you may sign his online register and leave a personal message.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home, Inc. (https://www.iumch.org/) and the Dr. Andy Lavignette Fund at Purdue Veterinary School, which supports veterinary students in need of help to cover an emergency; please make checks payable to Purdue Foundation, in the memo name College of Vet Med A. Lavignette Emergency Fund, and mail to Purdue Foundation, Gift Processing, PO Box 772401, Detroit, MI 48277-2401.




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Published in The Indianapolis Star from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 16, 2021
We were shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of Terry and offer our condolences and warm wishes to Sue and the family. We got to know Terry in Mazatlan and enjoyed his competitive spirit in pickleball. He had an infectious laugh, enjoyed good music and was always a joy to be around. We will certainly miss him and offer our sincere warm thoughts. Ken and Gail Komm, Sherwood Park Alberta
Ken and Gail Komm
Friend
January 15, 2021
Sympathy Gift courtesy of Marysue Randolph. Group of 10 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Terry Brandenburg.
Marysue Randolph
January 15, 2021
I first got acquainted with Terry through our first IAEP trailride at Midwest. We hit it off pretty well, and we enjoyed riding the trails there a couple times. Since then we were pretty good friends at all the IAEP meetings, and visited on the phone a few times. I'm sure his clients have lost a dedicated, caring, Dr. and friend. My condolences go out to his family. In reading his obituary, I was surprised to see he loved canoeing in the Boundary Waters, because I do too, and that common interest never came up in our conversations.. He will be missed.
Ray Whitman
Friend
January 15, 2021
Sympathy Gift courtesy of Bihl Beckstedt. Group of 50 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Terry Brandenburg.
Bihl Beckstedt
January 15, 2021
Our families spent Christmas together for many years, in addition to trips to state parks, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and many an evening watching sunsets enjoying a cold one. More recently, we have spent time with Terry and Sue on vacations to Canada, Mexico and a trip to see sandhill cranes in northwest Indiana. I am still in shock at losing Terry. I will miss you, old friend.
Cloyce Hedge
Friend
January 14, 2021
Sue, May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know I am thinking about you at this difficult time. Hugs and Prayers from your Pickleball friend, Cathy Zbieszkowski
Cathy Zbieszkowski
Friend
January 14, 2021
Katie and Brett, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Hugs and prayers.
Jeanne Brandenburg
Friend
January 14, 2021
We were so shocked to learn of Terry's death. We wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Becky and Arch McClure/Hawkins
January 14, 2021
May God comfort you in your loss
Steve and Anne Burress
January 14, 2021
Dr. Brandenburg was my equine vet for 15 years. I couldn’t have asked for better care of my horse. He was one in a million and will be very hard to replace his equine caring and skills . What a wonderful man.
Sally Caine
Acquaintance
January 13, 2021
Terry, you were a good man.
Pam Shetler
Friend
January 13, 2021
I sure enjoyed playing bridge with Terry. Bill Whitaker
January 13, 2021

Terry was a great person, a talented veterinarian and possessed a great love for horses. We met 30 odd years ago when I brought home a gelding named Tinker. Nine horses later I brought home a quarter horse gelding Macks Magic Man, aka Buddy, a babysitter for my great nieces to learn to ride with. When you came to the barn for him the first time you exclaimed he is out of my dads stallion Harleys Pride and you were right he was his grand sire and you owned his half brother. Thank you so much for all you did for my horses. I learned a lot and became a better caretaker of my horse family having known you. You always came when I called whether it was a wellness visit or an emergency in the middle of the night. My condolences to Sue, whom I know brought great happiness into your life, and your family.
Marianna Soots
Friend
January 12, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sue and all the family. Terry will be gone but not forgotten. I feel very blessed to have had an opportunity to know Terry and call him friend. Much love to all from Jane and Howard
Howard Singer
Friend
January 12, 2021
Sue and family: So sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. I enjoyed playing pickleball and talking Purdue sports with both Terry and Sue last summer. May he Rest In Peace.
Frank St. John
Friend
January 12, 2021
I extend my condolences to the family of Terry. A very good person. Terry and I grew up in Muncie. We became good friends on the baseball diamond, football field and in school classes we shared. Although I have not seen Terry in years, I am sure that he still possessed that great smile and laugh. I will always remember those qualities of his, plus his love of horses. Peace to You. Dan Harrold
Dan Harrold
Classmate
January 11, 2021
I am so saddened to read of Terry’s passing.
We lived next door to Terry’s parents for years and Terry took care of our horses.
My prayers and sympathy go out to his family and to his sister Kathy.
Judy Long
Friend
January 11, 2021
Much love and sympathy to Sue and family! My thoughts are with all of you.
Lisa Cardwell
Friend
January 11, 2021
We met Terry and Sue through playing pickleball with them here in Carmel, and were happy to befriend such a fun-loving, outgoing couple. We enjoyed Terry so much and are shocked and saddened by his passing. With love to Sue and all the family, Mike and Libby
Mike Calvert and Libby Mathews
Friend
January 11, 2021
Terry was not only my vet but also a dear friend for over thirty years. He never hesitated to come to our barn when I had a concern about Little Me or Chinook, regardless of the time of day or night. Often I think some of those trips were more for my peace of mind rather than a serious equine issue. On routine calls Terry frequently seemed to have time to chat awhile after the horse's needs were addressed. There was rarely a conversation without laughter. The darkest day of my life with horses seemed bearable because Terry was there. My husband and I were privileged to attend the reception when Terry and Sue were married. Of all my memories of Terry Brandenburg, the one I choose to hold onto is the joy that Sue brought into Terry's life. My heart and prayers go out to Sue and Terry's family.
Mary Mills
Friend
January 11, 2021
When we first met Terry in Mazatalan we became instant friends due to his likeable personality. We enjoyed many great times together with Terry and Sue from ball games to Plaza Machado, Henry's, Poncho's and Friday nights at La Fabula. Terry always enjoyed a good laugh. We will cherish every memory. We never knew when we said goodbye it would be forever. Our deepest sympathy to Sue and family.
Your friends from Canada.
Stephen and Wendy Vautour
Stephsn and Wendy Vautour
Friend
January 10, 2021
Terry was an excellent Veterinarian and friend. I had used him for Vet services since the 1980s and when my horse colicked 10 years ago, because of Terry's experience, knowledge and wisdom, he knew my horse needed to go to Purdue for surgery or he would not make it. My horse is now 24 years old. I am glad Terry and Sue got to have a loving marriage and many great adventures together and wish they could have had so many more. I will truly miss him. I pray for God's comfort for Sue and Terry's family.
Karen Hammersley
Friend
January 10, 2021
Terry was there for me at a time when I was completely heartbroken and had lost all hope. He was thoughtful and supportive, and never expected anything in return for his generosity. I think of him often when I ride Phyllis, who was gifted to me by his father. He had a tremendous impact on my life. I’m so sorry for your loss and pray for your family’s peace during this difficult time.
Emily Grieshaber
Friend
January 10, 2021
Terry made many many trips to take care of my horses over the 25 plus years that I knew Terry - he was as a great equine vet! Also was lucky enough to spend some non-horsey social times with Terry which involved some beer drinking. I moved to St Louis a few years back and sorry to say lost track of Terry. He will be missed by many.
My condolences to Terry's wife and family
wife and family.

Rick & Joyce Tellmann
Richard Tellmann
Friend
January 10, 2021
Terry was such a kind and caring individual . He was my first vet of my for my horses as a young adult. He was always willing to help in any way he could. More than a vet, he was a good friend to me and everyone we commonly knew. I was proud to be his friend. After I moved to Arizona, we lost touch, but I always knew if I needed him, he’d be there to help. I know he will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to all his family.
Kathrine Abbott Conflenti
Friend
January 10, 2021
Terry and Sue were new neighbors and I was looking forward to knowing them better. My heartfelt sympathy to the family. I am so sorry for you losing him so young.
Bonnie Hand
Neighbor
January 9, 2021
Rosie, Felix and me missed him when he retired. He always took great care when he came out for their twice a year health care. And a few times in between. He always took time to visit and answer any questions I might have. He was the best! My condolences to Sue and everyone grieving.
Ramonette Dugan
Acquaintance
January 9, 2021
Much love and sympathy to Terry’s family. We will greatly miss him.
Scott Williams
Friend
January 9, 2021
We did not know terry for very long,just met sue and terry in Mexico last year.We played pickleball together.We had some good laughs.We are very sad Terry’s life was cut way too short.RIP terry.Love your canadian friends,Murray and Gail schur
Murray and Gail Schur
Friend
January 9, 2021
Terry was a wonderful man , his love of people and horses was obvious to anyone. His warm smile and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. I hope there are horses in heavan and that Terry is enjoying his first ride in the clouds. My deepest sympathy goes out to Sue and Nikki and his entire family.
Gregory Nichols
Friend
January 8, 2021
I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. I only had the pleasure of knowing Terry the last six or so years of his life, having been introduced by a fellow Bridge player at Ulen. He had become a great friend and in addition to the Bridge games, we shared a lot of laughs and a few philosophical discussions. I was looking forward to having him as a friend for many years to come. He had talked about getting the Bridge group together for a weekend in Mexico, which I'm sure would have been a great time. Sue, my thoughts are with you, and I hope to be able to express my sympathy in person next Thursday. Prayers,
Jerry Torr
Friend
January 8, 2021
You were a very gifted vet that I always trusted and enjoyed. Prayers for your family you are already missed.
Amanda Hysong-Coffman
Friend
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