Rev. Terry L. Brandenburg

Rev. Terry L. Brandenburg

November 17, 1948 – March 23, 2024

VISITATION: Tuesday, April 2nd, 5 to 7 p.m., at West Center Chapel.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, April 3rd, 11 a.m., at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 11615 I St.

Memorials are kindly suggested to Grace Hill Lutheran Church, Concordia Lutheran Junior and Senior High School or Reaching the Unreached – India.

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Terry Lynn Brandenburg was received into the loving arms of Jesus, his Good Shepherd, on March 23, 2024, at the age of 75. Terry was born on November 17, 1948, in Seward, Nebraska. He was the oldest of three children born to Lemuel J. (Buck) and Evelyn Brandenburg. He attended elementary school at Immanuel Lutheran School, Staplehurst, Nebraska. He was always grateful for growing up in that community. His pastor and teacher encouraged him to consider the ministry, but Terry dismissed the idea. He graduated from Seward High School in 1967. Terry enrolled at Concordia Teacher’s College, Seward, Nebraska. After a near-death experience playing a basketball game, he reconsidered God’s calling in his life. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, after which he completed his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, Illinois, in 1976.

On May 28, 1972, Terry married Rachel Cloeter at St. John Lutheran in Seward, Nebraska. Over the years, he ministered in churches in Southern California and Minnesota. Terry had a passion for the development of mission congregations and served churches from their very beginnings in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. In Las Vegas, Nevada, God used this experience to move Mountain View Lutheran from their original site to a location seven miles northwest. This quickly growing congregation began with a preschool and added an elementary school growing to 350 students through grade 5. Terry also served on the Board of Education for Faith Lutheran Junior and Senior High School, helping it relocate to Summerlin, where it has experienced tremendous growth. In most congregations, Rachel served in some capacity in the ministry alongside him. In 2010, he returned to Nebraska, where he retired from ministry, after serving as Senior Pastor at Peace Lutheran in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Terry had a heart for reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He loved developing ministries, discipling people, teaching Bible Study and just loving the people God placed in his charge.

He was a sports lover, playing football, basketball and baseball through high school, baseball and football in college. Terry enjoyed sports his entire life, both as a participant and as a spectator. He was an avid Husker, Green Bay Packers and KC Chiefs fan He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in their sporting events. In retirement, Terry and Rachel moved to Omaha to be nearer their children, grandchildren, and some of the siblings. They became active in the church, especially enjoying Bible studies and their small group. Terry enjoyed reading, playing games and cards, and participating in anything the grandkids were doing.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel; daughter, Jennifer (Brad) Kreikemeier; grandchildren: Kylie Kloster, Katie Kloster, Colton Kloster, Daxton Kreikemeier, Isabella Brandenburg; Isabella’s father, Brett Hoefert; sister, Susan (Rev. Doug) Zurek; sister-in-law, Melanie Brandenburg; brothers-in-law, Rev. Dan (Marji) Cloeter, Rev. David (Lisa) Cloeter; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Bethany; brother, Steve; parents; and in-laws.

9 Comments

  • Jim Tonniges Posted March 26, 2024 11:45 am

    Dear Rachel, My deepest sympathy! Ike called last night to relate Terry’s dying. Just shocked for sure.
    Memories of Terry are many, and all of them are great. Sharing moments on the athletic fields perhaps
    are the top of the memory list. Terry’s one of the special people! May the Lord grant you His peace.

  • Derek Klemm Posted March 26, 2024 3:58 pm

    Deepest condolences from the people of Mountain View Las Vegas. We are praying for you and yours.

  • Coleen Neujahr Posted March 26, 2024 6:36 pm

    Rachel and family, I will miss Terry he was one of my favorite cousins and always will be he love teasing and he did it so well. So appropriate that he go during Holy Week. Terry and i were 3 weeks apart and the first Neujahr grandchildren. No one was happier to meet his Lord. RIP. dear Terry. Until we meet again.

  • Bill Grierson Posted March 26, 2024 7:22 pm

    So shocked and truly sorry for your loss and our loss as Band of Brothers

  • Amy Schmidt Posted March 27, 2024 8:51 am

    Uncle Terry, my Godfather, was one of the greatest blessings in my life. I am so thankful for his witness, support and love. Many prayers to you, Aunt Rachel, Jenni and Isabella as well as all the grandchildren, Brad and Brett as you experience this difficult time. I love you all.

  • Lanny Moles Posted March 28, 2024 12:12 pm

    Rachel,
    We are so sorry for your loss! Terry’s and your participation in our SHS reunion in Seward last summer were very instrumental in making it successful. It was important at that event for all who gathered to feel important and listened to. Terry’s participation and help with the planning was a big part of that. Your willingness to share gave others courage. Thank you! Our deepest condolences.

  • Allison Cloeter Posted March 30, 2024 7:43 am

    What a Holy Week to enter heaven! Remembering and praying alongside you in these hard days. Uncle Terry was such a blessing to our family and we’re thankful for his faith to us all! I always say-you and Uncle Terry, besides my parents, have given me so much foundational spiritual faith truth in real life. Sending you so much love Aunt Rachel, Jen, and Isabella too ❤️

  • Ronda Schramm Posted April 2, 2024 9:33 am

    Rachel we are so sorry for your family’s loss. We enjoyed seeing and visiting with you when you were here dropping off and picking up Daxton. We will be keeping your family in our prayers here at the King of Kings ELC.

  • Connie Dennis Engh Posted April 3, 2024 11:41 pm

    As we were at the Celebration of Earthy Life of a fellow LasVegas Lutheran Rachel’s note of Pastor Terry’s sudden death was viewed. Prayers immediately were said in silence with tears. Pastor Terry was an influence in many lives. Thank You .

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