Terry Messersmith

terry messersmith
Terry “T-Bone” Messersmith, age 69, of New Hampton, Iowa passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, IA with his family by his side. Terry Joseph Messersmith was born June 1, 1942 to Vern “Little Butch” and Minone (Sturdevant) Messersmith in Fort Dodge, IA. He received his education at New Hampton School District. On October 28, 1960, Terry was united in marriage to Shirley Vorwald at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton. Following their marriage the couple resided in New Hampton until moving to the farm west of New Hampton in 1975, where they lived until October of 2008. Terry was self-employed. He loved traveling, was an avid Chickasaw wrestling fan. He enjoyed racing, and talking with everyone he met. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Terry is survive by his two children, Cindy Randall (Jim Siglin) of New Hampton and Brad (Cindy) Messersmith of New Hampton; two grandchildren, Brooke and Jake Randall; his sisters, Linda (Ron) Hartman of Harper’s Ferry, IA, Deb (Mike) Tenge of New Hampton; his sister-in-law, Sharon Messersmith and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Shirley on September 10, 2005; parents and one brother, Dave Messersmith. Cemetery: Burial will be at New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton. Memorials may be directed to the family. at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday. at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating.

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  1. Cindy and family…..Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! Cherish the memories!

  2. Brad & Cindy and family, we want to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dad and Grandpa. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Roger & Laurie Tiemssen

  3. Brad & Cindy, So sorry to hear about your Dad. May you find peace knowing how many lives he has touched with special memories. He always had a story for me at the sale. Blessing to you in the days ahead.

  4. Brad and Cindy -our sympathy to both of you and the rest. Of the family. You know how important your dad (Santa) was to our entire family. He has blessed us for 20 some years at Christmas by making our grandchildren so happy. We will treasure the memories and know he is happy with your mom now.

  5. Brad and Cindy, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Everyone will certainly miss Terry, especially going around on that scooter. He always had a lot of love for everyone. We are so thankful for the time we spent with him in Sept. when in N.H. Now he can be with your Mom again and both look down on the family for protection. He will be missed by all.

  6. Cindy & Family,
    We are sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you in thoughts & prayers. It’s so hard losing a parent, especially the last one. Hold onto those wonderful memories & have peace knowing he is with your mom. They will be your guardian angels.

  7. Cindy and family ~ was so sorry hear of the death of Terry. He was always such a character when he would come into the pharmacy. Keep his memories close to your heart. Know that he is happy being reunited with Shirley. Love ya

  8. Cindy, Brad, Cindy, Brooke, Jake, Ross and Cassie-My sincere sympathy in the loss of your dad and grandpa. I always enjoyed getting to visit with Terry when I was back in New Hampton. He was a great guy and will be missed. Know that I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Gomer, Cindy and family `

    Your Dad was one of a kind – I will always cherish all the wonderful memories and he will be truly missed. Danny

  10. Gomer, Cindy and family our deepest sympathy during your time of sorrow…you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Gomer, Cindy, and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. Wish we could be there for the services. Terry was very special to us. We will miss him.

  12. Our deepest sympathy to all the family We could always visit with him and have a few laughs. He was a great man. RIP Terry.

  13. Our most sincere condolences to the Messersmith family.
    It was always good to visit with Terry at Waverly.

  14. Our sympathy and prayers to the Messersmith family.
    Terry will be missed by many and we especially enjoyed visiting with him.

  15. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your sorrow. Howard always enjoyed visiting with Terry. He will be missed by not only his family but many friends. God be with you all at this time.

  16. so sorry to hear about terry, i only knew a few years, but he was very special to us.

  17. Sorry to hear about Terry. He was a good friend of mine through the years. My condolences to his family. I hope to attend the funeral on Thursday.

  18. Was very sorry to get the phone call about Terry!! He will be missed by all that knew him for sure!! Many great memories! You are ALL in my thoughts and prayers!

  19. As a young boy I got to spend a couple weeks each year on my granparents farm north of New Hampton. Each week we went to town for groceries and such with Grandma. I always had to eat at Little Butch’s. Little Butch treated me like his own family. I also loved to watch Terry race, especially at Mason City. It was fun watching the bus pull in with the car.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

  20. Brad and Cindy-Our deepest sympathy to you and all the family. Your dad took Aaron and Justin on many trips delivering horses over the years and always showed them a great time. He was a kind and thoughtful man and will be missed by all. Joe and Linda Koenigsfeld

  21. Cindy so sorry to hear about your dad, my thoughts and prayers are with you and our family. He will be missed dearly.


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  23. Our deepest Sympathy to the entire Messersmith family. Terry lived a good life and he always made the best out everything. He had a great attitude. May the peace of God be with you and your family.

  24. Our heart felt condelences to the Messersmith family. Our fond memories of all fun times at the horse sales and always know the right thing to say to us.My his new travels be even greater than his past.

  25. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Terry’s family. He will be truely missed at the wrestling meets.

  26. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Messersmith family during this sad time. May the good times sustain you in the days ahead.

  27. Cinday and family so sorry to hear about your dad passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, our deepest sympathy to you all.

  28. Cindy, Jake and Brooke,
    So sorry to hear about your dad and grandpa. You have great memories you keep forever and ever. You all are in our prayers. Take Care Cuz!

  29. Gomer and Cindy, We are so sorry to hear of the death of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything please let us know. May god give you comfort during this difficult time.

  30. Gormer, Cindy, and Families: Our prayers and sympathy to all of you. Leon enjoyed working with T-Bone at White, and watching him race # 89 at Nashua. We’ll miss seeing him on his scooter in the neighborhood, and his great sense of humor. Sorry we could not attend the wake, as we are in Texas. Leon and Nancy Wegner

  31. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your father/grandfather. I never had the opportunity to actually meet him in person, but Gina has told me many stories about him. He sounded like a very interesting person, and it’s a shame his time here was cut short. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  32. Jean and I send our condolences to family. We knew your Dad for 60 plus years. He will missed. Our thoughts and prayers go the family. Dan and Jean

  33. So sorry to hear about your dad. I always enjoyed visiting with Terry. He was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him.

  34. Deb, so sorry you lost your brother. His pictures looks like he was a nice guy. Know you are in my thoughts.

  35. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the Messersmith family. Terry was a fabulous person and always made everyone laugh. He will be missed greatly. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  36. After completing our condolences, realized I omitted a thought. T-Bone told us that every Sunday he called Aunt Eleanor. He called to save her the phone bill, he said. They would chat about family matters, the week’s happenings, keeping in touch. He said if he didn’t call, Eleanor would call him, worried something was wrong. She will miss his voice, chats & caring. Just another way he cared and did thoughtful things. God Bless.

  37. Cindy, Brad & family. We are so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. I just found out today and am saddened to have missed the funeral. We would have certainly been there to pay our respects. We last spoke with Uncle T-bone @ Klunders last Fall. We visited and caught up a bit. He spoke of his medical issues, asked of Merle, Dorothy was there. He was always jolly & witty. I remember even now the story he told me of his encounter with a hitch hiker back in the day. He slowed up, stopped up ahead of the hitcher, waited for him to get up by the bumper and sped off, sending dust & rocks flying. He chuckled as he was reliving this. FUNNY! May God grant you strength & peace. You were blessed to have 2 wonderful parents that loved & adored one another and are reunited, together forever. They will watch over all of you with love and pride. God Bless You All. Love, Deb & Don & family, Merle & Dorothy

  38. Gomer, Cindy and Family, Just heard at the Denver Stock show that Terry is no longer with us, my prayers and thought go out to each and every one of you! When ever i got to visit with Terry you could guarantee there was plenty to laugh about, some of it true, some a LITTLE stretched it would be fun to know him and Mo are talking about.
    Mike and Susie

  39. It was so hard to tell Bob about his dear wrestling buddy’s passing. It is especiallly challenging for those who are fighting to live to lose loved ones. But, since he reads the NH paper each week, I knew I must. After mourning our loss, we were able to move on to the wonderful memories Bob has of his many wrestling road trips with Terry and Derwin. Prayers and comfort to Terry’s family.

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