Terry Lynn Veazey passed away on Nov. 14, 2018, in Peoria, Ariz. He was 63 years old. Terry was born Aug. 14, 1955 in Salina, Kan. to Lynn “Bud” Veazey and Jane Shoemaker Veazey.
He was the grandson of Earl and Loubelle Shoemaker of Kanopolis, Kan. and Nathan and Edna Veazey of Fort Wayne, Ind. Terry attended Buckeye Grade School and Holyrood Grade School. His family moved to St. Charles County, Mo. in 1967 and Terry attended Francis Howell High School. Terry participated in drama in high school. He graduated in 1973. After high school, Terry attended Emporia State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 and his Master of Science Degree in 1982.
Terry eventually moved to Omaha, Neb. and worked as an occupational services specialist for many years. In Omaha he met his future wife, Deborah “Debbie” Johnson. They were married June 11, 1994. Terry and Debbie subsequently moved to Peoria, Ariz., where they spent the last part of their lives. Terry and Debbie were members of the Atonement Lutheran Church in Glendale, Ariz. The Reverend David Haught, pastor of the Atonement Lutheran Church, was a dear friend of Terry and his wife, Debbie.
Terry was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, and cousin.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Debbie and his parents and grandparents.
Terry is survived by his sister, Tonia Jane Veazey Cassetta of St. Charles County, Mo., and her husband, Richard Cassetta, his sister, Teresa Sauvain, of Ellsworth Kan. and her husband, Rick Sauvain; his nephews (and godchildren), Valery Cassetta and Alex Cassetta; his in-laws; aunts; uncles; nephews; cousins; and friends, including Lonnie Cason, Steven Wiencek, and Markia Baker of Phoenix, Ariz.; and his beloved cat, Beeker, who is now in the care of Markia.
Terry will be remembered as a truly unique individual, who was well-read, funny, and a truly great storyteller. He was a Christian, a patriotic American, a hunter, a gun enthusiast, and a Second Amendment rights defender. Although he was stricken with polio as a child which rendered him unable to walk, he did not let his disability prevent him from living a full, loving, and productive life. His spirit and determination were an inspiration to all. Walk free Terry, you will forever be in our hearts.
A grave side service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at Buckeye Cemetery. A reception and celebration of life will follow immediately afterward at the Ellsworth Golf Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Terry’s name to the Fort Harker Guardhouse Museum, P.O. Box 144, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.