Terry made his final lap and crossed the finish line Feb. 3 at Granite Creek Rehabilitation Facility in Prescott.
He was born to Larmon and Vivian (Shepherd) Blanckaert on July 3, 1944, in St. Louis, Missouri. However, he was raised most of his life in Lakewood, Colorado, and graduated from Lakewood High School.
Most of Terry’s passions revolved around cars, which led him to his fulfilling career as an auto mechanic and his participation in various types of auto racing. Terry had a strong sense of independence and enjoyed having his own business repairing his customers’ cars.
Terry married the love of his life - Eileen (Behm) - on June 29, 1980, and they moved to Wisconsin, living in the rural Lomira and Theresa area. They retired to Dewey, Arizona, in 2012. Terry enjoyed socializing and was a life member of the Elks, as well as being a member of the Moose.
He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law and his brother, Larry Blanckaert.
He is survived by his loving wife, Eileen Blanckaert; sons, Terry (Lisa) Blanckaert and Tim (Brittany) Blanckaert; and daughter, Shauna Stokes. He is also survived by his siblings, Jerry (Cheri), Gary (Connie), and Barry Blanckaert, as well as his sister, Mary McGee and brother-in-law, Bill (Laurel) Behm and sister-in-law, Brenda (Paul) Schultz. He also leaves behind a grandson, Josh (Christine) Hook and regretfully will miss the birth of his first granddaughter, Lacey-Mae Blanckaert, later this month. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Christ Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley. The family will greet friends and family from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Internment will take place at a later date at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church cemetery in Lomira, Wisconsin.
Special thanks to Pastor Stephen Hein and the Christ Lutheran Church congregation for their abounding love and support. Memorials in Terry’s honor may be directed to Christ Lutheran Church (3300 N. Navajo Dr., Prescott Valley, Arizona, 86314) or Winnebago Lutheran Academy (475 E. Merrill Ave., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 54935).
Information provided by survivors.