Terry N. Thoreen, age 86, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. He was a resident at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, OH. He lived in Pleasant Hill, Ohio previously for over 40 years. Terry was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on October 24, 1936 to Fern Thoreen. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, IA (1954) and McPherson College, McPherson, KS (1962) and Fort Hays State College, Fort Hays, KS. Formerly a teacher for 35 years at Newton High School, Pleasant Hill, OH and 2 years before that at Miami East High School, Troy, OH. Terry taught math, computer science, woodworking, metal shop, and various other industrial arts classes. He also was a bus driver and a class advisor. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren, taught Sunday school, volunteered as a Youth Advisor, and sewed over 1,000 school bags for Church World Service. After retiring, he began computerized embroidery designing, and created many other wood works of art.
Terry is preceded in death by his parents; first wife Janet Dorothy (Niessner) Thoreen passed August 12, 2008, married May 30, 1958; son Randall Thoreen in June 2005. He will be missed and remembered by his wife Laverne Niessner, married August 28, 2011; children Kathryn Lee (Tim), Lynda Ragan (Michael), Sandra Thoreen; daughter-in-law Marlene; grandchildren Kyle Thoreen (Ashley), Josh Ragan (Sharlene), Jason Thoreen (Rachel), Nick Ragan (Melissa), Heather Thoreen, Stephen Lee (Corrinne), and April Thoreen; great grandchildren Taley, Vance, Addy, Hudson, and Lincoln; brother Jim Johnson (Portland, Oregon) and sister JoNelle Hayes (Little Rock, Kansas).
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren, 300 E. Monument St, Pleasant Hill, OH 45359. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill. The family will receive friends from 4-7 PM on Monday, January 16 at Jackson-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 1 S. Main St, Pleasant Hill, OH 45359. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Everheart Hospice, Greenville, Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund, or the Alzheimer’s Association, Dayton. Online memories of Terry may be left for the family at www.jackson-sarver.com.
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