Jesse Terhune, 92

Posted on December 27, 2012

Jesse G. Terhune, 92, of Bluffton, died at 3:58 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Christian Care Retirement Community.
Born in Liberty Center on Aug. 29, 1920, to Daniel and Edith (Frantz) Terhune, he married Apollonia “Loni” Platz in Wormes, Germany, on Aug. 15. 1958; she preceded him in death.
He then married Marie J. Wilcox on Oct. 9, 1999, in Bluffton; she died on Sept. 30, 2005.
Mr. Terhune attended Liberty Center High School and finished his education in the U.S. Army, serving our country from Sept., 1940 until June, 1962. He then worked for United Airlines from 1962 to 1968 and retired from Lufthansa Airlines in 1977 after nine years of service where he worked in passenger service and in cargo.
He was a former member of the First Church of the Nazarene and currently was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 111 in Bluffton.
Survivors include a son, Robert Lewandowski of Cleveland; a step-son, Heinz Schleimann of Sarburken, Germany; a brother, Tom (Dorothy) Terhune of Bluffton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Elmer Terhune, Alvia Terhune, Rex Terhune and Dean Terhune; and by two sisters, Edna Crow and Violet “Vi” Barnell.
Services will be held Friday, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m. at the Thoma/Rich, Chaney and Lemler Funeral Home with Certified Celebrant Jeff Lemler officiating. Calling hours are Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Military graveside honors will be performed by the American Legion Post 111 and the U.S. Army Honor Guard at Fairview Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Christian Care Retirement Community. Online condolence may be made at

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