Terry Klages

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“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

Gary Snyder

Terry loved the outdoors and being one with nature. It didn’t matter if he was hunting or fishing with the boys, splitting wood, or on a road trip with Anne, if he was surrounded by nature, he was at peace. 

Terry Dale was born at home, on Lot 11, Concession 11, in Sullivan Township on November 15, 1945. He was the firstborn to Melvin and Mavis (Ash) Klages and was soon joined by younger siblings Dennis (1948), John (1950), Carol (1953) and Mark (1960). The Klages family owned and operated a mixed farm and Terry soon began school, attending S.S. #9 Marmion. He continued his education at Chesley District High School, before moving on to the University of Guelph and obtaining his Diploma in Agriculture. He was a 1966 A graduate.

It was around this time that Terry was set-up on a blind date by a friend. On this particular evening, he was taking his date to the Drive-In theatre. His date, who was also set-up for this evening, was a young woman by the name of Anne Marie McKinnon. The two hit it off immediately, and soon began dating. They were wed on December 27, 1968 at Port Elgin United Church and soon settled in Owen Sound for a few months.

Terry had joined Local 527 in June of 1968 and was working through his five-year apprenticeship. In addition to spending some time at George Brown in Toronto, completing his schooling, Terry worked in Owen Sound for Central Mechanical (based in Guelph). Before long, he and Anne settled on his grandparent’s farm near Dobbinton, where they remained for the next 16 years. The Klages family soon began to grow with the additions of four sons, Mike (1969), Neil (1970), Stacey (1972) and Chris (1976). Terry spent the first few years working as a journeyman throughout much of Southwestern Ontario. In 1969 Terry began working at Douglas Point Generation Station as a Pipefitter. 

Life was not all work and no play for Terry though. He absolutely loved spending any free time he had hunting or fishing. It didn’t matter if he was out by himself, spending time teaching the boys the craft, or heading out on a hunting or fishing trip with family or friends, he truly loved every minute of it. There were countless fishing trips to Whitefish Falls, moose hunting trips up north, or just hunting with the guys on a weekend. When time allowed it Terry and Anne hit the road in their small motorhome. Together they explored much of North America, travelling north to Alaska, south to the likes of Florida and Texas, east to Newfoundland (several times), west to Vancouver Island, and many places in between. All these adventures, and Terry didn’t travel on a commercial airplane even once! Amazing! Terry also enjoyed working with wood. It could have been as simple as chopping wood, or building a unique piece of furniture for a family member, many of which will be passed on to future generations. Most recently he made a number of wooden pens (yes, you read that right) that he gave to a variety of family and friends. A token of his talents, that will always remain with those closest to him for years to come.

Terry gave of his time and talents in other ways as well. He was a member for a time of the Chesley Kinsmen Club and an active member for much of his life at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed a good game of cards, once a member of a card club, and in recent months spent Thursday nights at his mom’s, playing cards with her and his brothers. In more recent years, Terry would make a concerted effort to end the workday early to go to George Klages’ for a 3 O’Clock Meeting, to catch up on the local news. Fish, wild game and seafood were some of Terry’s favourite foods. Younger family members learned early to guard their desserts, as “Prankster Terry” would steal the icing right off the top of their cake.  Maple syrup was another favourite, as was a glass of rye or cold beer, shared with friends or family. I am told a little liquid courage always helped him get up on the dance floor! 

In 1985, Anne and Terry relocated to Newtonville, as Terry was transferred to Darlington. Here they remained for the next six years, until 1991, when they returned to Chesley, settling in their current home. Terry remained at Bruce Power until his retirement in 2003, after spending 31 years with the company. On his first day of retirement, his co-workers dropped off his trusty “I seeeee” chair on the front lawn – a phrase Terry was often heard saying.  Unlike most, retirement did not mean that Terry slowed down, but instead he got to do more of the things he loved when he wanted too. He loved spending time with others, and often said, “working together is better than by yourself.” He was also known to say, “All you can do is the best you can do!” Terry was a handy, fun-loving man, who loved his family dearly. Thankfully, the countless tales of Terry’s adventures and stories will remain with us all for years to come. 

Terry passed away after a brief illness at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Monday, December 7, 2020 in his 76th year.

Beloved husband of Anne (McKinnon). Loving father of Mike (Lori) of R.R. #2 Desboro, Neil (Becky) of Hanover, Stacey (Krista) of Tara and Chris (Natasha) of Chesley. Terry will be dearly missed by his grandchildren Luke, Wes, Dianne, Evangeline, Dale, Daniel, Beverley, Kendra, Tyler, Gerret, and Mackenzie. Cherished son of Mavis Klages of Chesley and brother of Dennis (Norma) of Kitchener, John (Mary) of R.R. #4 Chesley, Carol (Vern) Weiss of Elmvale and Mark (Susan) of Chesley. Terry will be fondly remembered by Anne’s siblings, David (Judy) McKinnon, Rod (Connie) McKinnon, Laurel (Wayne) Purdy, Elaine (Wayne) Mundle and Craig McKinnon (Catherine Racine). He was predeceased by his father Melvin and brother-in-law Gordon McKinnon.

A private funeral service honouring Terry’s life will be held with interment to follow in Chesley Cemetery. A recording of Terry’s funeral service will be posted on the Rhody Family Funeral Home website following the service.

Memorial donations to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Chesley Hospital Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Sylvia & John Stard
December 29, 2020

Dear Anne, we are so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. We have happy memories of family gatherings. Thank you for sharing the Celebration of Terry’s Life.
John and I send our condolences to you and your family.

Paul A Orr
December 24, 2020

Dear Anne,

Over the next few days, I will offer up prayers that you and your sons will have some burden of grief lightened and that you will be comforted by the fact that Terry’s pain and suffering are over.

Your Aunt Elsie Jean and I had the good fortune to be in Bruce County during the first days of your marriage and I well remember how you and Terry moved about in a glow of happiness. When I last saw the two of you, during one of our visits north, that companionable affection for each other was still very much in evidence.
How fortunate you two have been in the long, good years together.

In affection and sympathy,
Uncle Paul

John Moulton
December 18, 2020

T.K. was a great guy to work with. We worked as welder/fitter for quite a while. He was one of the best. A great storyteller of his hunting expeditions, family and friends. And I know he liked his stainless steel too. R.I.P., T.K

Debbie Butler (Lipskie)
December 17, 2020

Terry’s sense of adventure and fun spread to anyone who was blessed to spend some time with him! “Racing” Terry home each year on our tractors was one of my favorite things about the Worlds fair!! (And my dad wouldn’t yell at me for making ruts in the lane with the Klages there!) Sending lots of hugs to your family

Ruth and Lyle Bell
December 16, 2020

Our sincere sympathies to Mavis and her family, Anne and her family. Terry always had a smile on his face, he will certainly be missed.

Tom & Karen Sweiger
December 15, 2020

Very sorry for your loss.

Moragh Orr Montoya
December 14, 2020

My father and I were deeply saddened by the news of Terry’s death and we send, with love, our sympathy and care for you, your sons, and all the McKinnons and Klages. We hope that in the days ahead you find all the love, support, and care you need to arrive at a place of peace.
I didn’t see you or Terry much as we all grew up but as a young girl I remember thinking, every time I saw you two — what a great looking couple you were, You, so beautiful and Terry so handsome.
Take good care of yourself.
Moragh & Uncle Paul

Glen & Wendy McKee
December 14, 2020

Dear Anne
We send our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Terry will be missed by many people, especially his hunting family and their 3 o’clock meetings.
Glen & Wendy

Ruth and Anne Wood
December 13, 2020

Dear Anne,
Terry was always so full of life and of love. He brought so much life to family gatherings. It was such a joy to see you two together. We will miss him terribly.
Ruth and Anne

the Schuknechts
December 13, 2020

Dear Anne,
Cancer is hard on everyone. We pray for strength & peace for you.
Our sincere sympathies in your loss.
Your former paper deliverer and Tower Park neighbour
the Schuknechts

Barb Schuknecht
December 13, 2020

Dear Gerret & Mackenzie,
Love & Prayers to you both in the loss of your grandpa,
Barb the Bus Driver

Barb & Steve Schuknecht
December 13, 2020

Dear Mark ( & Susan),
Sorry to hear of your brother’s passing.
Our prayers & sympathies are with you,
Lawn Bowler friends,
Steve & Barb

Barb Schuknecht
December 13, 2020

Dear Kendra,
So sorry to hear of your grandfather’s passing;
Will pray for strength for everyone.
Barb the Bus Driver

Doug, Lorna, Sheila,Faye
December 12, 2020

To Aunt Mavis and family, Anne and family
We are saddened to hear about the loss of Terry. Our deepest condolences. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you spent together as you celebrate his life
We will remember him for his big smile, his love of family and his great sense of humour. At family gatherings he could always be counted on for a fun filled game of ball, horseshoes or cards
From the Lorne Klages branch of the family (Doug, Lorna, Sheila and Faye and families )

Judy and Len Kraemer
December 12, 2020

Aunt Mavis, Ann and families, we were very sad to hear of Terry’s passing. Being the oldest cousin Terry was the one we always listened to.(maybe!) We had a lot of memorable times together and will miss his great smile.

Kathleen Orr
December 12, 2020

Dear Anne, Sons and their families.
My heart aches at the thoughts of the sadness and pain that you(all) and Terry had to bear during this sad and painful time. My prayers, thoughts and love are with you. Elsie Jean is sending you this from Heaven: “God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and bring you peace.
Love, your cousin, Kathleen

Paul and Suzane Sachs & family
December 11, 2020

Sincere condolences and God’s blessings to the Klages family. May you all find comfort in the precious memories that you have, of a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and son.

Cathy Blue
December 11, 2020

Terry set the gold standard, as a Husband , a Dad, a Grandpa, and a man.
Klages family, you will all miss him terribly…but he left you great memories and much joy.
Dear cousin Anne, you two were such a love match. It was always a pleasure to see you together. Your sweetheart will always be with you in many many ways. My sincere condolences to each one of you.

Nancy Harlton
December 11, 2020

This passing represents a tremendous loss to your family, Anne, and the Klages family. No words can express…..my deepest sympathy to all! What a wonderful legacy Terry leaves!

Frances Guido
December 11, 2020

Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. I am so glad you have each other to share the sorrow, revisit the memories, and comfort each other.

Jennifer Cooper
December 11, 2020

My sincere condolences. You are all in my thoughts at this time.

Brian and Deborah Perry
December 11, 2020

Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Have lots of great memories of Terry. He will be greatly missed.

Shane, Jenna, Taylor, Kohen and Emerson Weiss
December 11, 2020

We are keeping you in our thoughts and in our hearts as you are going through this tough time. He will be missed dearly.

Roger. n. Joan Bell
December 10, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Klages family. Terry and I rode to work over at the point for many years. Went salmon fishing and had great fun. So sorry and Rest In Peace.

Beki Waples
December 10, 2020

I will always remember Uncle Terry’s card playing. I knew I was good at the game when he’d let me play at the table and as his partner! Love you all. We will all miss him.

Kathy & Murray Knapp
December 10, 2020

Our condolences to Anne and family and to Terry’s siblings. He is going to very missed in the community and also in the church family. Sending our hugs and prayers

Michele, Jamie, Ashlee and Abbey Nesbitt
December 10, 2020

Uncle Terry blessed so many people with his smile, kindness and love of life. Praying that you all find comfort in your memories of him and in the knowledge that others are missing him too.

Sharon Westenberg
December 10, 2020

What a wonderful smile. Cherish the memories

Tara, Stuart, Dilynn and Jacob McGhie
December 10, 2020

What a wonderful man Uncle Terry was. I will always remember him with a big smile, a hunting cap, and some sort of hunting clothing being worn. The entire Klages clan is in our thoughts at this time.

Trevor Mundle
December 10, 2020

Thinking of Aunt Anne and the family at this sad time. I will always remember Terry taking me fishing and hunting.

Tania, Jay, Justin and Julia Tessier
December 10, 2020

Uncle Terry was a wonderful man and loved by everyone he met! I will especially miss his ‘bear hugs’ and wonderful stories. He will be greatly missed. Aunt Anne and family, please know that you are not alone. We are all here to support you during this difficult time.

Sandy & Brenda McAllister
December 10, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to Anne and family and the Klages siblings.

Doug and Chris Fischer
December 10, 2020

So sorry to hear of Terrys’ passing. Sending our sincere condolences to you and your family Anne during this difficult time.

Stephen & Gayle Severin
December 10, 2020

Dear Anne and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss . Terry was a great friend and will be missed . Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jeff and Bobbi Jo Vandervoort
December 10, 2020

Sincere sympathy to the entire Klages family. Terry was a great man and will be dearly missed. Cherish all the great memories xo

Trevor & Hazel Bell
December 10, 2020

Deepest sympathies to the Klages family. I enjoyed working with Terry over the years.

Gary and Cathy Lund
December 10, 2020

Dear Mavis, Anne and family. Our hearts are broken for you at this sad time. Terry was a wonderful man and Gary so much enjoyed his weekly chats about Terry’s conquests in hunting and fishing. We are so honoured to have been the recipients of 2 of Terry beautiful pens on our leaving Ontario. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sending love and hugs to you Anne. Cathy and Gary

Sherry Caldwell
December 9, 2020

Sincere sympathy to all of the family. Many times Terry mentioned he had to go to his 3 oclock meeting. These times were always spoken with great enthusiasm for the fun the boys would have. The community has lost another wise and friendly man. Sincerely, Sherry Caldwell

Dean and Marion Leifso
December 9, 2020

Our sympathy to Carol, Mark and the Klages family on the loss of Terry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

Sharon and Ralph Schmidt
December 9, 2020

Dear Anne and family: Our hearts go out to you at this most difficult time. May your memories bring some peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robert and Darlene Thompson
December 9, 2020

Deepest sympathy to the Klages family, we will miss him in the hunting group and at the 3 o’clock social at George’s. Rest In Peace Terry.

Yvonne Lembke and Robert Kehoe
December 9, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time.

Joan and Rick Denomy
December 9, 2020

Anne and Family, please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Terry.

George and Norma Klages.
December 9, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Take care and stay safe.

Ken McCulloch and Deborah Pope
December 9, 2020

Anne, we are thinking about you, our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Joan Wilson (nee Sacks)
December 9, 2020

Dear Anne, Mavis and family. My deepest sympathy to you and the entire family on
Terry’s passing. He will be greatly missed.

Mary and Darryl Klages
December 9, 2020

Anne and family. Our deepest sympathy at this sad time.

Dianne and Ross King
December 9, 2020

Dear Anne and family,
We are so sorry for your loss, he will be missed not only by your family but the community as well. Lots of great memories of our time spent with him at St Mark’s Church.

Ron and Sandy Neeb
December 9, 2020

Deepest Sympathy to you Annie and your entire family on Terry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

aunderia and Ken Boyd
December 9, 2020

Dear Anne and Family,
Thinking of you with fond thoughts and sincere sympathy in this difficult time.

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