Terry Verhage age 73, of Tucson, Arizona passed peacefully in his home surrounded by family on August 19th, 2022. Terry is survived by his children Sean (Ericka) Murphy, Kori (Allen) Chappins, Garrett (Shannon) Verhage, and Trent (Arianna) Verhage; Grandchildren Shannon Murphy, Lane, Tatum, and Cooper Chappins, Reese and Olson Verhage. Sisters Karen Palmer and Gayle (Bill) McKinley. Stepmother Retha Verhage. Lifelong dear friends Johnny (Linda) Rippetoe. Preceded in death by his parents Jack and Hilda Verhage, Brothers Bobby Palmer and Mike Verhage.
Terry was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up playing sports. He loved basketball, baseball and fishing. Terry was awarded a full baseball scholarship to the University of Arkansas; where he graduated as a sociology major. Terry’s love for sports carried throughout his life. He was a passionate University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball fan. Terry spent his work life in merchandising, entertainment, and theme park industries. Terry concluded his working career as a proud member and leader of the Old Tucson Studios Family.
Terry was strong in his faith and lived life by the golden rule, treat others as you wish to be treated. He believed actions spoke louder than words. He was quick with a joke to ease a tense situation. He never forgot a name or familiar face. Everyone he encountered felt welcome and included. Every year Terry blessed friends and family with a Christmas poem that he beautifully crafted. His quick wit, stubbornness, kindness and unconditional love will not be forgotten.
Celebration of life ceremony to be held Friday August 26, 2022 at 1pm.