Terry Ihlenfeld dies at 72
Terry M. Ihlenfeld, 72, of Silverthorne left this life on July 23 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Milwaukee Aug. 11, 1937 to ElRoy F. and Florence (Paul) Ihlenfeld. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1959 with a B.Sc. degree in marketing and earning his MBA in food distribution at Michigan State University in 1960.
On June 19, 1960, Terry married Carol Quaderer in Barron, Wisc. He worked for Red Owl Foods in Milwaukee and Chicago. In 1963 he accepted an offer from Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, where he held positions in sales, training and as director of human resources in the grocery division. There, he and Carol raised their two children. He retired in 1992 and he and Carol moved to Louisville, Colo. where they lived for 10 years until moving to Silverthorne.
Terry was very active in church work, and in Rotary projects, including the literacy committee. While living in Silverthorne, he read to three groups of preschool children, who affectionately called him “Tall Terry.” He enjoyed fly fishing, skiing, snowshoeing and traveling. He was an amateur magician and entertained at many functions, especially children’s birthday parties. He also did volunteer work on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona, where he helped a Navajo elder and her family with house repairs, hauling water and herding sheep.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Carol; his son David and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Ihlenfeld of North Scottsdale, Ariz.; his daughter Elisabeth Ihlenfeld of Chicago; his brother Rev. Paul Ihlenfeld and wife, Donna, of Milwaukee; and two nieces and their families and other relatives in Wisconsin.
A celebration of Terry’s life is set for Monday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon. Cremation arrangements were made by Howe Mortuary in Lafayette. Memorial contributions may be made to Lord of the Mountains Charitable Trust Fund, Box 1059, Dillon, CO 80435; to the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center Foundation, 1161 South Vivian St., Lakewood, CO 80228; or to the charity of your choice.
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