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Jack R. Terry

Jack R. Terry, 89, Kimberling City, Mo., died Friday, July 26, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo.

He was the oldest son of Gifford Clark and Romana Rains Terry.

Born July 31, 1924 in Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, he moved with his family in 1926 to Polo, where he graduated from high school in 1942.

He attended the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, Minn., 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 an 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 news editor of the Tri-County Press at Polo, 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.

He married Helen Ann Copenhaver, Polo, on Aug. 24, 1951, and they were the parents of four children, Dr. Martha Ann Terry, Pittsburgh, Pa., Barbara C. McAnelly, Indianola, Ind., Thomas Robert Terry, Stuart, Iowa, and Sandra Jean Jett, Mountain Home, Idaho.

He has four grandsons and two great-grandchildren.

Terry married Dorothy Garber Johnson in 1984; they made their retirement home in Kimberling City, Mo.

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 City, Mo.

Short services were conducted at Stumpff Funeral Home South, Kimberling City, Mo., with interment at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo.

A memorial has been established for the Kimberling Area Library, Kimberling City, Mo.

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