Terry, 74, of Sebastian, Florida gained his angel wings at home while receiving care through VNA Hospice of Vero Beach Florida for several months. He was born in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian-American Hospital now known as Humboldt Park Health to Frederick J. and June R. (Lalowski) Warner. He was the youngest of three boys. His family moved to Cicero, Illinois and he graduated in 1961 from Eighth Grade at Goodwin School. Finally, they settled in Berwyn, Illinois where he attended J Sterling Morton High School West. He wrestled varsity all four years along with his two older brothers. They were known as the Warner Troupe. He also belonged to the “M” Club all four years and was on Senior Council for 2 years. After graduating in 1965, he attended Morton Junior College for a short time then transferred to Northern Illinois University. His first year there he pledged the Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity and became an active member in April of 1967 then becoming the secretary in his junior year. His father fabricated the Greek letters for the newly built fraternity house in May of 1968. He began wrestling but a trampoline accident in his sophomore year where he received a cervical fracture ended that endeavor. It was also in his junior year that he met his future wife, Nancy Hovar. They were both taking a criminology class which consisted of over 300 students where she caught his eye. He told his pledge son to ask to take her back to her dorm and get her name and phone number. That was the end of the first semester, and everyone left campus to go home for semester break and didn’t return until after the New Year. Upon return to campus, he called, and they had their first date, an NIU basketball game. The rest is history! He was supposed to graduate in June of 1969 but figured out how to extend his stay an extra semester as his girlfriend was a year behind him and would be on campus the first semester of the next year before she did her student teaching. So, because of adding that extra semester he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in January 1970. Now along came the drawing for selective service. He had a low number and his older brother, Garry, was already over in Vietnam on search n destroy missions. Terry decided to take the test to see if he could become a pilot with the Air Force. He didn’t hear the results right away, so his family encouraged him to apply to the National Guard. As fate would have it, on the day he took his oath to join the National Guard, he received his congratulations from the Air Force that he had passed the test. However, the National Guard would not let him out of that commitment. Not being able to fly had always been a deep regret of his. But, believing that things happen for a reason, he was sent to Fort Polk Louisiana which was the United States Army Infantry Training Center from May to June 1970. Upon completing training was ordered to serve as a PVT EB-2 in Chicago, Illinois. With that obligation settled now came the time to search for a job. With a science interest, he always thought he’d find something in a lab wearing a white coat. He took an aptitude test to help guide him on where to begin applying and low n behold it wasn’t a lab. It turned out his best fit was sales. What? By this time, he was soon to become engaged and wasn’t sure this was the right path. But he trusted the process and soon had his first job with Parke-Davis, a Pharmaceutical Company. His territory was in the Chicago area. As he honed his sales skills, he realized his job had just the right amount of science to keep him interested and he was great interacting with people. He became engaged December 19, 1970. Soon after, that company was bought by Warner-Lambert. He always said he wasn’t the “Warner” in the company though! By this time, six months before he was to be married, the company transferred him from the Chicago area to Fort Wayne, Indiana. That also meant that he
had to change where he would continue with his National Guard service. While in Fort Wayne, he served with the medical detachment as a medic. He married in May 1972 in Rockford, Illinois and by June Nancy moved to Indiana. By the time he completed his military service, he had reupped for an extra two years and was Honorably discharged in February 1978 with a SSG E-6 status. During his time in the service, he made many everlasting friendships. Life was good and he and his wife had three beautiful children with a dog and a picket fence. In 2000 Warner-Lambert was acquired by Pfizer. Terry continued to work hard in the pharmaceutical industry as a medical sales rep and earned the degree of a CMR (Certified Medical Representative) in 2004. His chosen field garnered him many awards, prizes, trips, accolades and commissions. He was very proud of his accomplishments. His weakest attribute was his inability to dress professionally. For that he relied on John at the Squire Shop in Georgetown to pick out his ensembles twice a year. His private life was just as full as his professional. With his spontaneous personality and spur of the moment demeanor living with him was always adventurous and exciting. He had many close friendships, but he could talk to a stranger about anything. He had the uncanny ability for remembering faces and he could do that same recall with a sequence of numbers. He was fast witted, outgoing, fun loving and above all else charming with a huge, sweet tooth! Those closest to him loved him beyond all measure. While employed, he worked many years with the Duke’s Day Organization which involved a golf outing and dinner and presented scholarships to graduating seniors going to college. When his two boys were young and playing baseball, he volunteered countless hours to the Georgetown Little League. When the kids got to be in high school, he and Nancy were presidents of the Snider Athletic Association for several years. He also loved bowling, gambling (especially craps), guns (in the army he proved to be a natural shot), photography (one of his bathrooms became a darkroom for a while), boating in the Lake James, Snow Lake and Jimmerson area and he always made sure to have a big dog included in his family. He also was a member of the Elks and Mizpah Shrine at one time. His greatest passion however was in vehicles. Any and every kind of vehicle. It began with motorcycles, boats and RV’s. He had one of each when he first married. As the years went by, he kept replacing those and added sports cars, snowmobiles, wave runners, ATVs and scooters to his list of interests. Everything he owned was kept in pristine condition. His pride was in his detailing. His most prized possession was his Mercedes SL550 convertible. He even bought a bubble to put it in in the winter. He also loved attending the Auburn Auction every year where he would park his RV and open it up to all his friends to stop by for a drink or grab a golf cart. So, wouldn’t it make sense that he’d eventually end up selling cars? Well, that’s exactly what he and two friends did. They opened a used car lot called Galaxy Motors, Inc. for a time combining his love of sales and cars. It was pure ecstasy for him. Several years after retiring he told Nancy that he’d always wanted a little place in Florida. She said, “That’s funny, I’ve been married to you for over 40 years, and I never knew that!” So, after retiring at age 61 in 2009 with almost 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry, they bought a small home in Sebastian, FL. In August of 2011. Then in July of 2016, they sold their Fort Wayne home and moved permanently to Florida where he immediately developed a love of pelicans. A few months later, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He put up a valiant fight to hold this progressive neurological disease at bay.
This sentiment by Hunter S. Thompson sums up Terry’s attitude about how he lived his life – Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty & well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, “Wow, what a RIDE!”
Terry is survived by his wife Nancy of almost 50 years; a daughter, Rachel H. Askins (Brian) of Fishers, Indiana; a son, Brian S. Warner (Jessica) of Bloomington, Indiana; and son, Scott M. Warner (Emily) of Parkland, Florida; and grandchildren, Logan, Megan, Neely, Ian, Lucas, Jacob, Sophie, Eliana, Cody and Harper; and brothers, Fred Warner (Janis) of Granger, Indiana and Garry Warner (Diane) of Fox Lake, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Terry’s wish was to be cremated and his ashes commingled with Nancy’s upon her passing and then scattered together in the water.
The family requests that since there will be no formal service that donations be made in his memory to the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County, Inc. 2300 5th Avenue Suite 150 Vero Beach, FL 32960. This is where he and Nancy received much care and support through participating in their many free movement programs.
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