In Memory

Terry Minnick




Terrill K. “Terry” Minnick, age 65, died at Heartland Hospital on February 20, 2012.

Terry was born September 26, 1946, in Omaha, Neb., to Donald C. and Thelma M. (Turner) Minnick. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Spencer, Iowa, where he graduated from Spencer High School. He earned an Associate’s Degree from Estherville Jr. College and graduated from Mankato State College in 1971 with a BS and MS in Theatre Arts. He moved to St. Joseph in 1971.

On June 9, 1973 he married Kendra S. (Meyer) Minnick and together had three children.

Terry led a full and colorful life. He taught at Central High School, where he was the originator of KCHS Radio. He was an instructor at Highland Community College in the extension program, where he taught in the Federal Military Prison at Ft. Leavenworth.

Being the incredibly talented and charismatic person he was, he also pursued many other interests. Other employment included Manager at Bedell Guitar Company in Spencer and Spirit Lake, Iowa, Continuity and Production at KFEQ Radio, Sales Executive for Eagle Radio, and Sales Executive for KMRN.

Throughout his life, many endeavors revolved around music and theatre arts. He was Master of Ceremonies at the Miss Iowa Pageant, designer and originator of the Kracker Jack Children’s Theatre Company, and director and actor in hundreds of plays and pageants in the United States, Iceland and Greenland. He performed with a three member group called The Bunch whose album “Now That Summer’s Gone” was placed in the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The Bunch frequently played as the opening act for Peter, Paul, and Mary. He also performed with the Gene Terry Trio and HUGS Incorporated, a group similar to The Smothers Brothers.

He owned and operated a variety of businesses including Holligraph Productions, ShirtWorks, A Step Beyond, Cobblestone Theatre Co., The Bone Factory, The Hills of East, and Calendar Club.

Terry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kendra; his son, Tyson Terrill and his girlfriend, Erica Ricker, Kansas City, Mo.; his daughter and her husband, Autumn Leah and Collin Dahlberg, Liberty, Mo.; 4 grandchildren Jordan Davis, Collin Davis, Nyla Dahlberg, and Austin Dahlberg; two brothers and their wives: Donald (Sue), Stevens Point, Wis.; and Richard (Judy), St. Joseph. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Upon passing, Terry joins his daughter, Dominique and his parents.

Thanks to Michelle and Scott Byers, Roy and Kathy Gee, Dean Mulvaney and Dr. A.J. for their help and support.

Services: 3 p.m. Friday, Wyatt Park Baptist, 2902 N Leonard Rd, St. Joseph, MO 64506. Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorial gifts may be made to the family in care of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

Mr. Minnick will be removed from Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory to arrive at the church one hour prior to the service.