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Terry Shell Gander

November 22, 1947 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Terry Gander Obituary

Terry Shell Gander, age 76, of Evansville, IN, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2024, at St. Vincent Hospital – Evansville, IN.

Terry was born November 22, 1947, in Evansville, IN, to Kenneth E. Gander and Opal W. (Croslow) Adams. He graduated from Reitz High School in 1966. Terry attended Christian Fellowship Church, and several others. He retired from Alcoa as a Pot Room Supervisor after 35+ years of service. He enjoyed the beach, golf, bowling Nascar, New England Patriots and Reitz Football, billiards, crossword puzzles, music, dancing, and old movies, family card games, “date nights”, family gatherings with meals shared, and he was an avid collector of knives & hats.

Terry honorably served as an Infantryman in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam with B company, 3/60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division in l967 - 68. He was in many battles and saw more blood, wounded buddies and dead bodies than the average person would see in a thousand years. He loved his combat brothers dearly until the day he died and they loved him. His combat brothers see him as a true hero. Terry was twice wounded and was awarded two Purple Heart medals, the Army Commendation Medal and the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge. He was also awarded National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter (Rifle), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal w/3 Bronze Stars. Terry and his combat brothers were also mentioned in and/or contributed to books authored by Combat Chaplain James D. Johnson; Combat Chaplain A Thirty-Year Vietnam Battle, Combat Trauma A Personal Look at Long Term Consequences, and Combat Trauma The Spousal Response to PTSD, authored by Diana Rahe Taylor & James D. Johnson.

Terry is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Donna Husk-Gander; sons, David Blake Gander (Coleen), Gary Ryan Gander (Kourtney), and Danny Simmons; grandchildren, Paige, Preslee, Phoebee, Ross, and Macy Gander, Ethan and Elayne Broach, Adriana Sanguinetti, Jameson Wilkerson, Collin Simmons, and Elliott Gipson; sisters, Sonya Weiss, Tammy Croslow, and Della Anderson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard Husk (Susan), Pamela Husk-Rogers, Vicky Husk Knapp (Rick), Kip Husk (Sandy), Chris Husk Parker, Cathy Husk Schnarr (Nick), Jenny Folz Cannon (Pete), Cindy Folz Diprimo (Pete), and Angie Folz Schockman; and an enormous number of nieces and nephews.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth E. Gander & Opal W. (Croslow) Adams; daughter, Tera Simmons (Sanguinetti-Vallee); sister-in-law, Sandra Husk Bratcher; brother-in-law, Jerry Weiss; and his lifetime best friend and military enlistment buddy, David Frankenberger (Linda).

A full Military Honor and Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, with Combat Chaplain James D. Johnson and Chaplain/Pastor Kris Holzmeyer officiating. Private burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in the Butterfly Garden at a later date.

Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until service time, on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel.

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On behalf of the entire Gander and Husk families, we would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the vast team of Ascension St. Vincent Medical Professionals who took such great care of Terry through the years. From General Practitioners, Cardiologists, Cardiac Interventionalists, Pulmonologists, Endocrinologists, Hematologists, Vascular Surgeons, etc. Honorable mention to Terry’s favorite Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Cardiopulmonary Rehab Team, where he religiously attended rehab three times a week for over 12 years. Humble thanks to Susie Chapman, Erica Polley, Susan Diaz, Connie Etienne, Amy Harris, Jane Kremer, Paula Montgomery, Julie Renshaw, Liesl Fratey, Carol Woodard, and Griffin Scaggs, who listened to and motivated Terry all those years.

Additional thanks for the services provided by the Evansville Department of Veterans Affairs, the McCutchanville Fire Department Officers, Members, & Paramedics, and the Ascension St. Vincent ER Staff for the heroic measures taken to save our Terry, and the compassion shown to our family thereafter by the entire staff, as well as the support of the Chaplain and Pastoral Care during our time at the hospital.

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January 27, 2024

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Boone Funeral Home East Chapel, Washington Avenue
5330 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715

Celebration of Life
January 27, 2024

1:00 PM
Boone Funeral Home East Chapel, Washington Avenue
5330 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715

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