John Ruby Terrell, 74, of Port Orange, Fla., went home to be with his Lord and Savior, on Friday, July 20, 2007.

John was born June 6, 1933, in New Lebanon, Ohio.

He attended Dixie High School in New Lebanon and continued his education at Taylor University in Upland, Ind. After his graduation in 1956, he earned a divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.

John married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Blosser in September 1952. They served for many years together, as pastor and wife at churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Washington state.

Together, they raised four children, Rebecca, Jennifer, John, and Betsy. They shared 27 years of marriage, which ended in Joanne’s death in 1980.

In 1992, John married Patricia Steffes in Mercer Island and he welcomed her children, John, Andrew and Karin into their life together. They resided in Bellevue and moved to Port Orange, Fla. in 1998, to care for John’s mother, Betty Mae Terrell.

Together, John and Pat loved and served their family, played golf, attended Christ Community Church, and opened up their home for many gatherings that were full of laughter and rich fellowship.

John’s life was filled with the joy of sharing and receiving God’s love. He touched many lives with his Bible teachings, his writings, and his never-ending humor.

In 1979, he began selling commercial real estate and was currently with Coldwell Banker of Port Orange.

He was a member of and had served as president of Cypress Head Men’s Golf Association. Golf was his passion. He was an avid reader, loved taking walks on the beach and enjoyed music, particularly singing with his family and giving ukulele lessons to those who also loved music.

John will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Patricia; his children and stepchildren, Rebecca (Donald) McIntosh, Jennifer (Rodney) Kauffman, John (Lori) Terrell, Betsy (Ruben) Hernandez, John (Kathie) Steffes, Andrew Steffes, Karin O’Hall; their 23

grandchildren and great-grandchildren (whom he affectionately called “his little bums”); his brothers, Charlie (Marge), Dale (Anabelle)

and Dan (Michelle) Terrell; his sister, Betty Lou (Russell) Mills; and many other family members and friends.

John was preceded in death by his father, James Matthew Terrell; and his mother, Betty Mae Terrell.

Memorial services to honor John will be held Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Lohman Funeral Home, 1201 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, Fla., with Rev. John McIntosh, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley, Calif. officiating. officiate. A reception will follow.

A committal service will be held for John in Seattle, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice of Volusia-Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL., 32129.

Condolences may be shared with the family at

. Lohman Funeral Home in Port Orange is in charge of arrangements.


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