Visitation was held Sunday, November 5 at All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service was held, Monday, November 6th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Reverend Jeff Pedersen officiated. Burial took place in the Grand Island Cemetery.
Terry was born on April 3, 1944, to Bertus and Frieda (Rosendahl) Twiestmeyer in Fullerton, NE. He grew up on his parents’ farm along the Timber Creek near Belgrade, Nebraska, and attended Timber Creek rural school and Fullerton High School, graduating in 1962. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for one year before returning home to help his father farm.
On August 28, 1966, Terry was united in marriage to Cheryl Norskov of Albion, NE. They farmed and raised their two children, Lisa and Clark, near Belgrade. He sold farm equipment part time while he was farming, and he began to develop a love and true talent for sales. In 1984, he quit farming and the family moved to Fullerton. That year, Terry formed his own company, Twiestmeyer & Associates, Inc., and began a successful career as an independent sales representative for numerous farm and industrial equipment manufacturers.
During his sales career, Terry traveled throughout the entire Midwest and beyond. In 1997, he served as president of the national Agricultural & Industrial Manufacturers Representatives Association (AIMRA). In 2007, Terry was instrumental in bringing grain bagging technology to the United States from South America. He and his business partner were the first to sell the grain bag system of storing grain in the United States. In 2010, the Triumph of Agriculture Exposition in Omaha selected Terry as the recipient of its yearly Agri-Award for his contributions to agricultural development in the Midwest. In 2012, he sold his company, but he remained involved in sales until recently.
Terry and Cheryl moved to Grand Island in 1996, where they have resided ever since. For 16 years, they had a second home at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, where Terry enjoyed boating and spending time on the water.
In his retirement years, Terry enjoyed spending his days at his shop, Twisty’s, where he could always be found working on a project or helping his son, Clark, with his classic car and street rod building and restoration business.
Terry was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he was an usher for many years. He had a beautiful singing voice and sang for countless weddings and funerals throughout his entire adult life. He was a member of the South Central Corvette Club, having owned seven Corvettes during his life. Terry and Cheryl loved spending their Saturday evenings dining at the Saddle Club or Riverside Golf Club after attending church. He was also a member of the Platt-Duetsche and the Liederkranz. He enjoyed listening to jazz music, reading John Grisham novels, Starbucks coffee, a good joke, and an evening martini. His greatest joy, however, was spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s many activities.
Terry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Cheryl, daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Shane Stava, son and daughter-in-law Clark and April Twiestmeyer, and grandchildren, Olivia Stava, Graham Stava, and Ava Twiestmeyer, all of Grand Island; sister Norma Jean Sindelar of Omaha; sister and brother-in-law Berniece and Arthur Craft of Lincoln; sister-in-law Julie (Jack) Adkins of Eugene, OR; brother-in-law Tom Norskov of Grand Island; sister-in law Alida (Gary) Lamb of Centennial, CO; along with a niece, nephews, and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law Arnold and Ellen Norskov, brother-in-law Tony Sindelar, sister-in-law Mary Ellen Norskov, and niece Michelle Sindelar.
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Grand Island.