Don E. Terruso, 71, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.
Born on April 2, 1950 in South Bend, Indiana he was the son of George Terruso and Bernadine Schall
He attended LaVille High School graduating with the class of 1968. On March 23, 1974 Don married Susan Myers.
Known as a quiet, reserved man with a great sense of humor to his family and friends. Don would spend his working years as the parts and service manager at car dealerships and would spend his last 30 years at Kelley Buick in Bremen, which were like a second family to him.
Don served at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on the vestry and as an usher. He was a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrews and attended morning prayer and breakfast with the men’s group. Also, he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Delta Nu Chapter and was the national president in 1991. Don was also an avid gun and coin collector.
The greatest attribute that his family learned from him was to put your family first, as he always did.
He is survived by his wife Susan of Plymouth; daughter Sara (Lamar) Thomas of Plymouth; son Nicholas (Lauren) Terruso of West Lafayette, IN; brother Mark Schall of Tyner; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Don is preceded in death by his parents George and Bernadine, and his sister Barbara Jean Terruso.
Visitation will be held on Monday August 30, 2021 from 10-11 am at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 400 N. Center St. Plymouth, IN. A Requiem Mass will follow with Rev. Bernadette M. Hartsough officiating.
Inurnment will take place in the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Columbarium.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 400 N. Center St. Plymouth, IN 46563 or to Phi Delta Kappa Foundation, P.O. Box 111, Plymouth, Indiana 46563.
Kathy Parker says
Oh Sue, I was shocked to see this. I am so very sorry. Your family is in my thoughts and sending lots of prayers.
Carol Finkbiner says
Sue, Sarah, and Nick both Ken and I are so sorry to learn of Don’s death. We’re keeping all of you in our prayers.
Cecil and Pam wilson says
Cecil and I are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing you and your family are in our prayers.
Randy McGriff says
Susan, my sincere condolences for your loss. Don was a classmate at LaVille. It was always good to see and hear from him. I especially enjoyed working with him on the 45 year class reunion. I know from his messages, the last few years were not easy. May he Rest In Peace. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lucinda & Bruce Shidler says
So very sorry to see that Don has passed. He was always quiet in school but yet easy to talk to. Bruce & I enjoyed working with Don on our last class reunion. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Don Relos says
Susan, I’m so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Wayne Vance says
Susan and family,
Very sorry to learn of Don’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to him at our class reunions. Many years ago bought a few car parts from him when he worked a Kelly Buick. He will be missed.
Martha Tyler ( LV Class of '68) says
Offering my deepest sympathy for your loss of Don. Although he is in God’s loving embrace, will always have your wonderful memories. Christ’s peace to the Terrurso family. <
Cindy Crossgrove Owens says
Susan, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I am uncertain how many years we were in school together, but early grades at the very least. Don was a good guy. He will be missed by many. Prayers and peace to you and your family.
james d hamann says
So very sorry for your loss . Don and I were very close childhood friends . we grow up in the same neighborhood. played hard, and road horses together . As an adult don and i would meet for breakfast to discuss our lives and times at hand . God bless my friend , see you on the other side. Sincerely Jim Hamann
Joseph Clinton says
Susan and family, Judy and I are so sorry about Don’s passing. He was many things but especially a great friend. We will all miss him dearly. No more pain. He’s in Gods hands now.
Joe and Judy Clinton
Gene Wenzel says
I knew Don as a good, quiet, person. He enjoyed people and was very caring with a big heart. May God Bless him and comfort his family.
Tim & Shirley Pearson says
Susan, Don was a very nice guy. Know him many year. He was good friend of my brother Jim De Mien. Don spent lot of time our house. God be with you during this time.
Sharon E Heckaman says
We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. A link in our family tree is gone. He was my first cousin and I am married to Toby Heckaman who was in Don”s 1968 class at LaVille. Prayers going up to Susan and the family.
Larry Detro says
Susan and family we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Don was a great guy and a great Phi Delt.
Larry & Vonda Detro, Beta Eta, Winchester
Diane (Haddix] Butler says
Susan and family. Prayers going up for peace and comfort. So sorry for your loss.
Loree Swart says
Comforting thoughts to Don’s family. Don was a classmate at LV an authentic human being with a great sense of humor! Remembering him with kindness and peace .
Pat Cressman says
Jim and I were so sorry to hear about Don. May he Rest In Peace and no more pain. He certainly put up a brave front. Our prayers for your family and God bless. Don will truly be missed.
Patty and Jim Cressman
Mike and Barbara Stillson says
Although we only knew Don through his work at Kelley Buick in Bremen, he was certainly a rare man of high integrity in the car business. When he told us our car needed a repair or replacement part, we trusted him completely. He was very understanding of my mother, Irene Monhaut, after may father, Ralph, could no longer make the car repair decisions. Don was “one of a kind.” You have our deepest sympathy.
Ren and Beverly Van Gilder says
Sending you our sympathy.
Mr and mrs Denny. Vermilion says
Sue sorry to hear about Don passing away our deepest sympathies to you and our family
Patti (Finkbiner) Anderson says
So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Don was a wonderful Person. I have great memories of Don picking Me up or dropping me off for when I babysit for the kids. Our prayers are with all of You.
Linda sipes says
Dear Sue, I am so sorry to hear the passing of your husband. Thinking of you and your family.
kirk and pat clark says
SUE WE ARE SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. KIRK AND PAT