Le Mars, Iowa – Terry Utesch, 71, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Mercy One in Sioux City, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021 at All Saints Catholic Parish - St. James Church in Le Mars. Father Bruce Lawler will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Le Mars. Visitation will begin one hour prior to Mass on Friday.
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Terrance Lee Utesch was born on February 14, 1949 in Le Mars, Iowa to Earl and Dorothy (Calhoun) Utesch. He graduated from Le Mars Community High School, class of 1967. Afterwards he attended Wayne State College where he graduated with a degree in Education. Terry served his country in the U.S. Army from 1970-1972. Terry belonged to the Oleson-Halweg Legion Post #125 in Merrill, Iowa.
Terry was a welder and a metal fabricator for Gus Pech Manufacturing for most of his career. He had an amazing gift for crafting metal, and will be remembered for his sculptures, including the soaring eagle at Westmar Memorial Park in Le Mars, an ice cream cone on the blvd; and his latest work, bright yellow sunflowers surrounding a monarch butterfly which will be displayed near Okoboji hopefully this next year. Terry’s skill will be remembered but our memories of a father and grandpa will be treasured by those he left behind. Humble, kind, sometimes a bit set in his ways, fisherman to his core, fair in his blood, creative, card shark, die hard Hawkeye fan, could figure out any problem, early to church, worked hard for his loved ones, always a helping hand, heart and soul for his family. He was our quiet rock and will be dearly missed.
Terry is survived by his partner, Mary Reynolds of Le Mars; his son, Wesley Terrance (Charrisse) Reynolds of Middleton, WI; grandchildren, Aiden and Jude Reynolds; a brother, Dan (Donna) Utesch of Akron, IA; a sister, Diana (Denny) Bixenman of Le Mars; his extended family, Cheryl Bolser and Frank Hiles of Le Mars; nieces and nephews, Scott (Molly) Bixenman of Sergeant Bluff, IA; Lisa (Mike) Peters of Creston, IA; Pam (Kevin) Anderson of Akron, IA; Rob (Janelle) Bixenman of Le Mars, IA; Neal (Heidi) Utesch of Moville, IA and Jami (Mark) Hartzel of Henderson, NV.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Dorothy Utesch and his brother, Jack Utesch.
Cards may be sent to Wesley Reynolds at 3710 Deerpath Road, Middleton, WI 53562 and to Mary Reynolds at 435 3rd AVE SW, Le Mars, IA 51031.