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Terry Musser

November 15, 1947 November 1, 2018
Terry Musser
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Obituary for Terry Musser

Terry Musser, age 70, of Melrose, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Gundersen Hospital, La Crosse, WI. He was born November 15, 1947, in Black River Falls, the son of La Von (Spors) and Millard Musser.

Terry was born and raised in the Melrose area, attending Melrose High School and the University of WI-La Crosse. On October 21, 1967, he married Elaine Murray at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Black River Falls. For forty-one years they lived on Elaine’s family farm in the township of Irving.

Terry served three years in the Army, serving two tours in Vietnam. He was with the First Calvary Division in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966. In 1967, he was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade until he was discharged February 1, 1968.

Terry was a driver’s license examiner and then a farmer. In 1984, he was elected to the State Assembly for the 92nd District. He served as a State Representative for twenty-four years, retiring in 2008.

Terry belonged to several veteran organizations as a lifetime member: Vietnam Vets Chapter 3, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and AMVETS. Veterans were dear to his heart.

Terry enjoyed many different activities: taking special care of his dogs, feeding and observing the birds, daily trips to town to get his newspaper and running errands for the family, deer hunting, spending hours every week mowing the lawn, and playing sheep’s head. He loved watching the Packers, the Brewers, and the Badgers play.

Terry is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elaine; a son, Laine (Crystal) of Black River Falls; a daughter, Terilyn, of Merrillan; his mother, La Von (Spors) Zeman of Black River Falls; five grandchildren, Carson (Stephanie Wathen), Cameron, and Carissa Scholze of Humbird; Jackson Peterson of Merrillan; Liam Musser of Black River Falls; a great-granddaughter, Oaklynn Stuhr of Independence; a sister, Vicki (Jerry) Huber of Humbird; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Terry was preceded in death by his father, Millard Musser; his parents-in-law, Lloyd and Ovidia Murray; two brothers-in-law, Harry Reineking and Gene Murray; and his sister-in-law, Katie Murray. A Celebration of Life for Terry will be Saturday, November 10, at 10:30 at the American Legion Hall in Melrose. Burial will follow at the Melrose Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, November 9, from 4:00 - 7:00 at the Melrose Legion Hall and again on Saturday from 9:30 until the time of service.

Memorials may be given to the Melrose American Legion Post 439, AMVETS Post 1776, Jackson County Food Pantry, and Jackson County Animal Shelter.

The Buswell Funeral Home of Black River Falls, WI is assisting the family with arrangements.


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Visitation

Friday

9

Nov

4:00 PM 11/9/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/9/2018 7:00:00 PM
Melrose American Legion Post 439

303 N. Washington Street
Melrose, WI 54642

Melrose American Legion Post 439
303 N. Washington Street Melrose 54642 WI
United States

Celebration of Life

Saturday

10

Nov

10:30 AM 11/10/2018 10:30:00 AM
Melrose American Legion Post 439

303 N. Washington Street
Melrose, WI 54642

Visitation continues at 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at the Melrose Cemetery.

Melrose American Legion Post 439
303 N. Washington Street Melrose 54642 WI
United States
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