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Terry R. Mcnees

Terry passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at Borgess Pipp Hospital in Plainwell.

He was born October 9, 1947 in Plainwell the son of Howard and Agnes (Ockerman) McNees. Terry proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He had been a truck driver for many years and had driven over 3 million miles.

In his spare time Terry enjoyed old cars and motorcycles and farming with his companion, Lynette Collins. He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Surviving are his sons, Tony McNees and Tim McNees both of Arizona; 4 grandchildren, Talia, Janeann, Lisa and Tim; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ron (Sandy) McNees of Otsego and Tom McNees of Kalamazoo; sister, Carol Pantzer of Tennessee; several nieces and nephews and his friend who was like a brother, Tim Brewster.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Terry.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 5-7 P.M., at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Terry may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030 or to the

Wounded Warriors Project.

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Bob and Joyce Bloom

May 10, 2018 at 6:34 pm

Our deepest sympathy to all of Terry’s family and friends.


Garry and Terri Parrish

May 10, 2018 at 9:16 pm

Our deepest sympathy to Lynette Collins and to Terry’s family. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs Lynette. Terry will be saddly missed.


~Bill and Janice Thompson

May 10, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Lynne and Family,

Our deepest, sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to all of you. May our Lord God comfort you and give you peace during this very difficult time.


Mary Flegal

May 12, 2018 at 10:12 am

My deepest sympathy to Lyn and to the families. To Tim Brewster too. Terry was a very, very, special person. So dear to my heart.


Joni (Flegal) Haggard

May 12, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Terry was the kindest man. His stories about his life were well-told, with much emotion. He was so generous to my mom, Mary, in the sharing of the bounty from his and Lyn’s gardens. (Thank you, Lyn). I know my Mom always enjoyed seeing him at her door, having come by for a visit. My condolences to everyone who loved Terry.


John & Lucy Pullen

May 12, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Lynette & Family,

We heard about Terry for several years and finally met him during the winter when he began volunteering at our monthly dinner at Post 3030 for Vets from Battle Creek Medical Center. He was so nice, friendly and very helpful. We are glad we got to meet him. We know he will be missed.

John & Lucy Pullen


Jill Flegal

May 13, 2018 at 10:11 am

My heartfelt sympathy to Tim and to Lyn and to all the rest of Terry’s family and all who were honored to know him. As for my family, our hearts and our lives have been touched by Terry’s goodness, kindness, and friendship. Fly high, free bird.


Jerry and Judy Shumaker

May 13, 2018 at 8:15 pm

Our sincerest sympathy to Lyn and to Tim Brewster and family on the loss of Terry. I only met him a couple of times but he was a very special guy and will be missed by so many people. May your fond memories and photos help to bring you some comfort in the coming days and months ahead. Thank you to Tim for calling and letting us know. Take care. Judy Flegal Shumaker


Lisa McNees

October 15, 2018 at 2:28 am

There’s so much to say, but I don’t know how to say it. I miss you Poppa Terry. I can’t believe you are gone, you were such a great man and the best Poppa I could’ve asked for. Thank you for being my family.


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