Terrance “Terry” Curtis Mullner, 84, of Westport, SD passed away Friday, February 3, 2023, at Sanford Hospital in Aberdeen, SD. Terry recently moved to Bethesda Assisted Living in December 2022. Prior to that he resided at his home in Westport, SD.
Memorial Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Westport, SD, with Father Don Peck officiating.
Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Westport.
Terry was born on April 25, 1938, to Jacob and Lorna (Wimpsett) Mullner in a farmhouse in rural Frederick, SD. Terry grew up in Westport where he attended and graduated from Westport School in 1956.
Terry farmed and drove a gravel truck for Casper Benefit until September 1956. He went to work for Boeing in Seattle, WA building router boards until March 1957. Terry contracted pneumonia and decided to move home. He farmed with his Dad until February 1961. They raised flax, oats, barley, rye, wheat, and corn. He enlisted in the Army in February 1961. He initially trained as a helicopter mechanic and was eventually promoted to crew chief on a UH-1 Huey helicopter. He was stationed in Alaska at Fort Richardson from June 1962 through February 1964.
Following his Army service, he returned home to Westport, spending a short time farming, until he began his career as an equipment manager in the Athletic Department at Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen, SD. He worked at NSU from November 1965 until he retired in December 1994. He also farmed for more than twenty of those years. After retirement, Terry worked for Aberdeen Living Center for a couple of years before going to work at Walmart. While at Walmart he assembled bicycles, snowblowers, and lawnmowers, performed general maintenance, and was a greeter. He spent more than twelve years there before his official retirement.
Terry was introduced to his future wife Alice (Hieb) Mullner by Cliff Hertel, who operated the elevator in Barnard, SD. Terry and Alice were united in marriage in August 1976 in Frederick, SD. With this union, Terry also became a father to two daughters, Roxane and Sheila. The couple raised their family in rural Frederick. They had many good years together. The couple enjoyed playing cards with friends and neighbors, and many good times were also had while enjoying the sauna with friends and neighbors.
Terry was an active member of the Frederick American Legion for many years. As part of the Legion, he served in the honor guard for funerals and parades, worked the Turkey Shoot, lit Independence Day fireworks for Frederick and several other towns in the area, and on one occasion for halftime of the NSU homecoming game. He later became a member of the Aberdeen Legion where he also worked the Turkey Shoot. He also was a member of the 40 et 8 service group of Legionnaires and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Aberdeen, SD.
Terry is survived by his brother, Lyle Mullner of Cheyenne, WY; daughters, Roxane Schumacher (Michael) of Aberdeen and Sheila Ducello (Steve) of Gillette, WY; grandchildren, Bethany Curtis of Aberdeen and Nathan Mueller of Windsor, CO; great-grandchildren, Keyanna, Kira, Alysiam & Liiam of Aberdeen and his niece Karen Mullner (Luster) of Chico, CA and nephew Scott Mullner of Laramie, WY.
Terry is preceded in death by his mother and father, Jake and Lorna Mullner, and his wife, Alice Mullner.