Doyle Edwin Terry
Doyle Edwin Terry, age 87, of Numa, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center, Long Term Care in Centerville.

Doyle was born on May 26, 1932 in Exline, Iowa, the son of Raymond L. and Essie (Pugh) Terry. After graduating from Seymour High School, Doyle enlisted in the United States Navy. He served his country faithfully, and was honorably discharged. On May 30, 1953, Doyle was united in marriage to Donna Clara Turk in Seymour, Iowa. To this union, two children were born, Van and Sonja. The couple spent 65 wonderful years together.

Doyle worked at Omar Continental Bakery in LaSalle, Illinois for a few years, before relocating to Numa, Iowa in the early 1960's. He farmed cattle, as well as milking cows, crops and hogs for over 30 years. In the early 1970's, Doyle and Donna were presented with the Appanoose County Farmer of the Year award. He was a 4H leader for Franklin Farmhands for 15 years. In his later years, Doyle restored tractors. He also enjoyed remodeling the farm home in his spare time, starting from the time they moved in- doing a little at a time throughout the years. Doyle attended the Faith United Methodist Church in Centerville for many years. He was also a member of the Laplanders Tractor Club. Doyle cherished the time he spent with his daughter, Sonja, his friends, his dogs, Luther and Dee Dee, and his granddog, ShyLo.

In 2015, Doyle was invited to go to Washington D.C. with fellow soldiers on the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. He graciously accepted the invitation, and it was a memory of a lifetime.

Left to honor Doyle's memory are his daughter, Sonja Terry of Centerville; his sister, Jane Dillin of Bakersfield, California; two sisters in law, Joann Terry of Colona, Illinois, and Beverly Cowan of Ankeny, Iowa; close friends, Mark (Kathy) Purdum of Centerville, and Jon Davis of Centerville; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Doyle was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond L Terry and Essie Terry; his wife, Donna Terry; his son, Van Terry; a brother, Raymond Terry Jr.; and brothers in law, Ronald "Pard" Turk, George Dillin, and Lloyd Cowan.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Centerville, with Pastor Christy Ehrle officiating. Private burial will take place at a later date. A Visitation will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Centerville, with the family greeting friends from 10:00-11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to either the Faith United Methodist Church of Centerville Building Fund or to the Van Terry Outdoor Living Classroom (Corydon Schools), and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at
Published on January 14, 2020


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Phyllis Gardner
Jan 17, 2020
I did not know your Dad all that well, Sonja. We did share great Christmas cards. Your Mom is a first cousin and a very special lady. I know that your Mom and Dad complimented each other and made a wonderful couple.
My heart goes out to you.
Michael, Jaimie, and Molly Conger
Jan 15, 2020
Our hearts go out to you!