Donald E. Terry

November 04, 1928 ‒ March 30, 2010

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD ~ In the 1960s Don Terry would head in to work at Hercules on Saturday mornings, often with one of his sons tagging along. Don had worked at Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company, hired in as an internal auditor, but quickly recognized the importance of a new field: Electronic Data Processing. Programming and analyzing some of the first generation IBM and Honeywell computers – large enough to fill a room – Don told his wife “Honey, the future is in computers.”

With more than 30 years of experience in computer related business applications for major manufacturing industries, Don excelled at hardware installation and data conversion applications. He passed away Tuesday evening March 30, 2010 in Brethren Care Center of Ashland. He was 81.

Born November 4, 1928 in Kent, Don was the son of John and Mabel (Brown) Terry. After two years at Kent State, he served with the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War, stationed for a year in Germany. Honorably discharged, he worked several years with B.F. Goodrich, before returning to school and earning his bachelors degree in Business Administration from Ashland College. Upon graduation he stayed on at the college as Assistant Registrar.

His position with The Tire made him responsible for all computer related business applications and inventory control. In February of 1967 he accepted a position with Hercules Galion, later to become Peabody Galion, as EDP manager and was responsible for installation of their very first computer system. He later assumed the duties of Communication Manager as well as Material Manager supervising production supply, purchasing, inventory, sales forecasting, shipping and data processing.

Don was an active member of Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church. He had served the congregation as deacon, treasurer, on leadership council, and in various other capacities. Don loved the church family, and attending to the needs of the congregation. He and his buddies made a weekly routine of mowing the church grounds on Thursday mornings, and maintaining the building in everyway they could. When his illness may have precluded his participation in fulfillment of those Thursday morning church duties, his good friend Russ Channell persisted in picking him up and including him, giving him a sense of purpose and friendship to the very end.

Remembered as outgoing and quick-witted, Don’s humor enlivened group conversations. He loved his family and had a concern for people that became actions ~ he was always willing to serve. Don was always willing to offer a helping hand. He frequently came to the aide of widows in his neighborhood.

He is survived by his wife Mary E. (Vanderbilt) Terry, whom he married April 29, 1951; their sons and daughters-in-law Jeffrey & Deidre Terry – he’s a U.S. Navy chaplain stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, and David & Denise Terry of Warsaw, IN; grandchildren Brenna Louise Terry, Samuel Eugene Terry and Daniel Lee Terry; and a niece Sandra and her husband Michael Miller of Staten Island, New York.

He was preceded in death by a brother Charles Terry, sister-in-law Iris Terry and their son Charles Jr., sister Maxine Terry, and granddaughter Emily Nicole Terry.

The Terry family will receive friends Monday, April 5, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Les Vnasdale will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church, Brethren Care Village of Ashland or the North Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association may be made at the funeral home.

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