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TIMOTHY F. TERRY
Tim Terry passed away peacefully at home in Iowa City on Sunday, Oct. 17, having spent his final weeks surrounded by his loving family. Tim was born in 1954, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the fourth of 12 children, where he lived before attending Divine Word seminary and then graduating from Loras College in Dubuque in 1972. Upon graduation, Tim settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he lived until moving to Iowa City in 1997.
Tim was an entrepreneur and a leader in the business community. He founded the accounting firm, Terry Lockridge and Dunn in 1978, as well as World Trend Financial in 1991. In 1998, he opened a second location in Iowa City. He will be remembered for his charisma and kindness as well as his business acumen and financial know-how. He generously gave his time and talent to such organizations as Rotary International, UNESCO City of Literature and Willowwind School among others.
Tim was an adventurer who traveled the globe, visiting over 90 countries. He made friends everywhere, from the streets of Cairo to Buddhist temples in Tibet. As long as he had his passport in hand, he was ready to go. And while he could be at home anywhere, Tim was most content sitting on his back porch or walking the beach in Duck, N.C.
Tim was a lifelong learner who loved music and art. He took up multiple instruments alongside his children, often continuing long after their interest had waned, and enjoyed listening to any type of performance from a street busker to opera. In his later years, he studied online at the University of Oxford, and at the time of death was working on his masters degree in art history.
Tim's passion for literature was apparent to anyone who entered his home, where books filled the rooms. Being a great fan of Shakespeare, he carried a pocket treasury so he could always be ready with a quote from the Bard.
Tim is survived by his wife of 24 years, Gretchen Rice; and their four children, Maggie, Liam, Lila and Rosie; and his devoted dogs, Teddy and Oliver. His surviving siblings include, Charles (Joyce), Bob (Barbara), James (Cindy), Gerard, Kevin (Theresa), Michael (Madonna), Brian, Donna Salem (Azzam) and Edmund, along with numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Charles Terry, as well as brothers, Leonard and Christopher; and his first wife, Debbie Meyers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3000 12th Ave, Coralville, IA 52241, followed by a family-only interment at Oakland Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at Hancher Auditorium in the Stanley Cafe, 141 Park Rd., Iowa City, IA 52242. The family requests that all guests be vaccinated and masked for the Mass and the Reception. The service may be viewed live on Zoom. To view, please go to Tim's obituary page at www.lensingfuneral.com, where the Zoom link is under his Tribute Wall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be directed to Iowa City Hospice, iowacityhospice.org/donate or Hancher Auditorium hancher.uiowa.edu/become-hancher-donor. Please choose Hancher Student Support Fund under gift instructions, enter "In support of K-12 programming," under Make this an Honorary Gift, please designate "In memory of Tim Terry."
The Family extends their sincere gratitude to the staff at University of Iowa's Holden Cancer Center and Palliative Care Clinic, and to Tim's care team at Iowa City Hospice.