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Terry McElwain

10/30/1942 - 4/14/2018

ARKANSAS ~ Terry McElwain, 75, was lifted up to heaven in the arms of his guardian angels after his courageous fight with cancer ended on April 14, 2018. He was formerly of Kewanee.

Born October 30, 1942 in Kewanee to Charles and Cecelia (Maxwell) McElwain McElwain. He was preceded death by his parents and four sisters.

Terry is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Karen (Fahnders); one son, Mark (Jenni) and little grandson, Finn, of California; one brother, two brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1960 and the University of Southern Mississippi in 1965. He had a successful career with GTE for 33 years, retiring in 1999.

Terry was a loving, devoted and protecting husband to Karen, a great father to Mark and grandfather to Finn. He loved nice cars and was a fantastic trip planner. He and Karen traveled the roads of America by car and enjoyed each and every trip. They did not get to finish their journeys due to Terry's illness, but they sure talked about the great times they did experience. Playing golf, hunting and fishing were of great interest to Terry in addition to automobiles.

Terry entered the U.S. Army in 1968 and was sent to Berlin, Germany where he worked in the Treasury Finance Office. It was during this time he met his loyal and one of a kind friend, Tom Lucas of Marietta, Georgia.

He will always be loved and greatly missed, especially by Karen. There is no more pain and suffering for Terry and that gives us peace along with knowing we will all be together again one day.

His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Sand Prairie Cemetery in rural Green Valley. Father Michael Andrejek will officiate. Military rites will be provided by the United States Army and the Tazewell Military Rites Team. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. 

Per Terry's request and that of the family, in lieu of flowers, memorials are to be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN or the Hospice of the Ozarks.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

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