David F. Terveer, 93, of Decatur, IN, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Adams Woodcrest. He was born on January 7, 1925 in Decatur, the son of the late Bernard T. and Frances M. (Deininger) Terveer. On June 18, 1949 he married Betty J. Melchi and they celebrated 56 years of marriage; she then preceded him in death on March 10, 2005.
He is survived by his 3 children, Dr. Michael (Paige) Terveer of Lima, OH, Elizabeth “Liz” Terveer of Craigville, and Pat (Ginny) Terveer of Decatur; 6 grandchildren, Dr. Adrienne (Sebastian) Ranly of Decatur, Kelley (Nathan) Mullins of Bluffton, Dr. Taylor (Agi) Terveer of Decatur, Carrie Terveer of Indianapolis, Abbi (John) Tuohy of Nashville, TN, and Tyler (fiancé Mollie Ann) Terveer of Lexington, KY; 7 great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by 6 siblings, Mary Martha Miller, Dr. John Terveer, Thomas Terveer, Kathleen Rumschlag, Phillip Terveer, and Carolyn Hakes.
David was a 1942 graduate of Decatur Catholic High School, where he was an Indiana Catholic High School Athletic Association All-State Basketball Player. He received a scholarship to St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer and after active duty in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, he receved his B.A. Degree in 1948. He then earned his Master’s Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1952.
He was a teacher and head basketball and baseball coach at Decatur Catholic High School from 1948 – 1956. He began his career with General Electric in 1956 holding various management and employee relations positions in Ft. Wayne and Decatur. David received the General Electric Management Award in 1973. He retired in 1986 as the Decatur Manager of Employee and Community Relations after 30 years of service.
David maintained an active interest in athletics throughout his life. He was one of the original organizers of the Decatur Little League organization and coached several teams in the 50’s and 60’s. He was a high school basketball official, avid golfer, and one of the organizers of the annual Notre Dame Smoker and St. Mary’s golf tournament to benefit St. Joseph Catholic School. For over 40 years he and his late wife were loyal fans and boosters of Bellmont High School Athletics.
He served as past president of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce as well as chairman of the Chamber’s Industrial Division. He was a past member of the North Adams School Building Corporation and a former Vice President of the Woodcrest Board of Directors. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. J.J. Seimetz Council 864, where he was past Grand Knight and a former District Deputy. He was also a 4th Degree Knight of Assembly 257.
David was a member of the Adams County Historical Society. He was a member of the American Legion Post 43 for over 70 years. He also belonged to the Elks and Moose fraternal organizations
He was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, where he served on the parish council and was the alumni director of the St. Mary’s Foundation. He was also a member of the St. Joseph’s School Board and received the “Outstanding Senior” School Volunteer Award in 1994, and shared the “Business Partnership” Award in 1997.
Visitation will be from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. K of C 4th Degree Honor Guard will post from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
A Prayer Service will be held at 9:20 a.m. on Monday July 30, 2018 at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy Zelt Funeral Home followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Father David Ruppert will be officiating.
Burial will take place at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, with Military Graveside Rites by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard.
Memorials may be given to The David & Betty Terveer St. Joseph School Scholarship Fund or to The David & Betty Terveer Memorial Scholarship Fund, both through the Adams County Community Foundation.