Terry Lee Nemec, aged 80, of West Bend, Wisconsin, peacefully passed away at his home on September 23, 2023, surrounded by the love of his family.
Terry was born in Milwaukee on October 26, 1942, to proud parents Frank and Angeline Nemec. After graduating from Custer High School he dedicated himself to serving his country, proudly donning the uniform of the United States Army in both the United States and Germany.
Upon his return, he pursued an associate degree in engineering, which led to a career in Operations Management. His work took him to various parts of the world, including China, where he had the remarkable opportunity to explore iconic landmarks like the Great Wall.
Terry is survived by his adoring daughter Kim (John) Laufer, his cherished son Bryan (Victoria) Nemec, and five beautiful grandchildren: Beatrice, Jonathan, and Breleigh Laufer, and Brooklyn and Adaline Nemec who he treasured dearly. He is also survived by his sister, Debra (Nemec) Schiess, sister-in-law Kelly Nemec, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, as well as a multitude of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Angeline Nemec, his wife Patricia Nemec, his brother James (and sister-in-law Kathy) Nemec, brothers-in-law Burt Manke and David Schiess, and his
stepfather, Ray Arndt, along with many other dear family members and friends.
Terry spent nearly two decades in Lake Geneva before relocating to West Bend in 2018 to be closer to his daughter and her family. During his time in Lake Geneva, he found solace in fishing, hunting, and shared
countless mornings at the local coffee shop with his friends.
In West Bend, he cherished regular family dinners with his daughter and her family, and cheering on the Packers during games at The Linden. Terry was thrilled able to spend so much more quality time with his family. Terry was also an avid fan of the Brewers and really enjoyed golf. He co-sponsored the traditional annual Nemec Brewers Outings and the annual family Nemec Golf Outings.
He had a knack for humor and would always introduce Kim as "his favorite daughter," a fact that was true but always delivered with a touch of humor, as she was his only daughter.
Terry was passionate about politics and didn't shy away from sharing his strong opinions, whether in conversation or on social media. As a result, he was banned from Facebook more times than one could track. He led a life filled with outdoor pursuits, including hunting, fishing, and golf.
Terry took great pleasure teaching his son, Bryan, all the activities he enjoyed. His love for Black Labradors was undeniable, and he always had a faithful Black Lab companion by his side, making his hunting trips and his life overall more enjoyable and memorable. His dog, Ruger, held a special place in his heart and was a true companion.
On warm days, he enjoyed the simple pleasures of going for ice cream with the top down in his Camaro, feeling the wind rush through his hair. Terry had an incredible gift for bringing smiles and laughter to those around him, and his absence will be deeply felt by many.
The family extends special thanks to his long-term caregivers Tammy, Randy, and Rani. And a special thank you to Lisa of Greater Solutions. They were all more than caregivers; they all became friends and family to Terry. Additionally, they would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful Horizon Hospice professionals. Collectively, they made it possible for Terry to fulfill his wish of peacefully passing away at home.
Your care and compassion are deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten.
A private celebration of Terry's life will be held in his honor at a later date, with details regarding the time and date to be announced. Terry Nemec touched the lives of many, leaving behind cherished memories and a legacy of love.
He will be dearly missed.