Terrence L. Strawhecker

Terrence L. Strawhecker
August 20, 1937 – March 6, 2020

He was preceded in death by his son, Tom; parents, Leone and Les Strawhecker and brother, Michael. Survived by wife, Jackie; children: Todd (Melissa), Terry (Judy), Ty (Jane), Tracey Parsons (Thad), Tiffany O’Bannion (Lannie), Troy (Tracy), Trevor (Haley); brothers: Tom, Paul (Peggy), Kurt (Kathy); 19 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends Thursday, March 12, 2020, 5-7pm, with 7pm VIGIL SERVICE, West Center Chapel.
MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 10:30am Friday March 13, 2020, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church (11802 Pacific Street).
Interment: St. John’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Folds of Honor Foundation or St. Roberts.

Terrence Leon Strawhecker, a man of deep faith, loving husband, father, papa, brother, master storyteller and entertainer, sharp dresser, accomplished griller, and avid Husker fan, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2020. Terry was born in Omaha on August 20, 1937 to Les and Leone Strawhecker. Terry attended Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, graduated from Holy Name High School and went on to Creighton University. Terry briefly attended the seminary, but God had a different plan.  And so the journey began. He wed Jackie Sullivan in 1959, they enjoyed over 61 years of marriage. Family was first, yet for a career, he was made for a sales role. Terry was the consummate salesman. His silver hair was matched only by his silver tongue. His career took them across the mid-west, gaining customers along the way, but more importantly, life-long friends. He had a unique ability to connect people and make the world smaller. He often said “I believe we can find common ground if we just ask 3-4 questions of people.”  And boy, did he ask those questions. He was larger than life. As a result, he lit up most every room he entered. To know him was truly to love him.


  • Steven Meltzer Posted March 8, 2020 9:40 am

    So sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed our time with Terry and Jackie and all of their family. Terry was a wonderful man! The Strawheckers are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Howard A. Brown Posted March 8, 2020 11:43 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the Strawheckers. He was very special and we can cherish many
    wonderful memories.

  • Howard A, Brown Posted March 8, 2020 11:49 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the Strawheckers. He was very special and we can cherish
    many wonderful memories.

  • Kayla Hall Posted March 8, 2020 3:10 pm

    Hugs to the Strawhecker family

  • Jackie Galvan Posted March 8, 2020 3:28 pm

    I am so very sorry for your most difficult loss. What a wonderful legacy he has left behind. My thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

  • Fred and Tammi Witherspoon Posted March 8, 2020 3:40 pm

    We send our deepest condolences to you all. I realize that the pain of losing such a great person can feel overwhelming, but do know that God has his hands over you for protection, and also weeping may endure for a night, but joy will surely come in the morning. I will forever hold the picture of your dad’s infectious smile in my mind, he truly was a great man!

  • Doryna and Steven Pfefferle Posted March 8, 2020 4:29 pm

    My deepest condolences to the entire Strawhecker family. Especially Jackie, your bond as husband and wife is a beautiful example of what true love is. Terry will be terribly missed. I will miss his spontaneous phone calls to Arizona as well as his jokes. God speed Terry. Much love from Arizona, Doryna and Steve

  • David White Posted March 8, 2020 5:20 pm

    So very sorry for your loss . I have never been around a family that had so much love for one another. You were so blessed to have a dad that loved you unconditionally.

  • Tom Godfrey Posted March 8, 2020 5:42 pm

    I have always held this man as well as this entire family in such high regard as simply good people. This started with their parents and it wasn’t hard to see that. Growing up with them in Liberal Kansas was a blessing so much so that we had three members of the Strawhecker family in our wedding service with Mr. Strawhecker as our lecture. His grace and style is continued in his family. You were a gift to know Sir.

  • Jacquie Wang Posted March 8, 2020 5:46 pm

    So many incredible childhood memories – Strawhecker’s house in the old neighborhood was a 2nd home! So warm with love, support and laughter. Thank you all for everything.

    Our mist sincere condolences…. Wang Family & Eileen & Jim Evanson

  • Matthew Cook Posted March 8, 2020 5:50 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers going out to the Strawhecker clan.

  • Mary Ann Johnson Posted March 8, 2020 5:58 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Terry! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Bud was reminiscing this morning about Terry. Bud was a buyer at National Beef in Liberal and bought from Terry. Terry talked Bud into playing golf for the very first time. Bud said no and Terry said left handed huh? He asked Bud if he could come up with some left handed golf clubs in an hour , would he play. Bud said sure thinking that Terry could not find golf clubs on that shout of time he said about 20 minutes later he was back with a set of left handed golf clubs. They played together in the National Beef Golf tournament. Bud said Terry had a wonderful sense of humor. RIP TERRY !🙏🙏

  • Jimmy Howell Posted March 8, 2020 6:57 pm

    Heaven has gained an awesome man.

  • Karen Podschun Posted March 8, 2020 6:59 pm

    I’m so very sad for your family as you grieve the loss of this wonderful man. After reading this, I feel I truly missed out by not having known him. Prayers for strength for the family.

  • Scott White Posted March 8, 2020 6:59 pm

    My life is better from knowing him. The memories of Webster St. are so firmly planted in my mind and they make me smile every time I see him in my minds eye. I am praying for you all.

  • Judy Pane Posted March 8, 2020 7:04 pm

    Sorry I will be out of town and unable to attend services. Terry was such a wonderful, special person and will be missed by many. He had such a magnetic personality and so much fun. My thoughts and prayers are with Jackie and all the family.

  • Lanny & Sherri Carenter Posted March 8, 2020 7:06 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Terry was a very special person. I will always remember our time together on the golf course

  • Christine Rice Posted March 8, 2020 9:04 pm

    Sending love and prayers to Aunt Jackie and the entire Strawhecker family. Uncle Terry was a remarkable man, beloved by everyone in the family for his kind and gentle nature, strength of character and terrific sense of humor. May your happy memories bring you peace and comfort at this sad time. Love, Christy

  • Jennifer Chason Posted March 8, 2020 10:32 pm

    Myself, my husband Joe and our kids Olivia & William send our thoughts and prayers to all of the family and friends grieving for their loved one Terrence. While we never met him, Trevor is a dear friend and a great man and so I can only imagine what his Father was like and how much he will be missed.

  • Christopher Ewalt Posted March 9, 2020 5:59 am

    So sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and your family!@

  • Tricia Hill Posted March 9, 2020 6:59 am

    Prayers to your family at this time. Papa Straw was an amazing man who always had a smile!

  • Don & Angie Brummer Posted March 9, 2020 7:45 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Many great memories from my childhood growing up in the Montclair neighborhood . ❤️🙏.

  • Jake Kisel Posted March 9, 2020 8:35 am

    Ny deepest condolences. What a legacy. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mary and John Duvic and Family Posted March 9, 2020 9:06 am

    We were saddened to hear Terry passed away! Our sympathy and prayers are with you all! Am certain he is in Heaven with Tom rewarded for all the good things they did on this Earth! Our love to all of you!

  • Major Ed Pulido Posted March 9, 2020 9:49 am

    On behalf of our team at Folds of Honor, we want to take this time to send our deepest condolences on your families loss. We will pray for your family during this difficult time. God bless you! And may God bless Papa Straw! He was one outstanding Patriot and outstanding American!

  • Major Edward Pulido Posted March 9, 2020 10:01 am

    On behalf of The Folds of Honor Team, we wanted to send our deepest condolences to the Strawhecker family. God bless you all! And may God bless Papa Straw! An outstanding father! An outstanding American!

  • Peggy Sherman Posted March 9, 2020 11:22 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. lots of memories from when we lived next door.

  • Dan Pennington Posted March 9, 2020 4:33 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Growing up in Liberal, Kansas with the Strawhecker family created many wonderful memories. With eight kids there was always a Strawhecker in the mix, no matter the age group. Back in the day our family had a special relationship with Terry and family. Mom (Pat) worked with Terry and Jackie at DISCO Machine. My dad (Lester) worked with Tommy at Jayhawk Pipeline. Terry was a special person for sure. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please know that entire Strawhecker clan is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Phil and Marcia Stines Posted March 9, 2020 5:54 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. God bless this family.
    Phil and Marcia

  • Phil and Marcia Stines Posted March 9, 2020 6:43 pm

    Very sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the Strawhecker family. God Bless.

    Phil and Marcia Stines

  • Mike Brack Posted March 9, 2020 10:18 pm

    My continued prayers for the family of such a fun loving gentleman! Now after reading this beautiful obituary, I will silently ponder the idea of the silver haired Padre Terrance Srrawhecker giving Mass! So glad he chose to serve the Lord by procreating this beautiful loving family with his soul mate Jackie…his children and grandchildren are his legacy.and I know they will continue to do great things, love the Huskers and spread laughter to the world around them. God bless!

  • Tre Posted March 10, 2020 3:06 am

    Terrence, although we never met I know you are an amazing individual! Your son Trevor is a demonstration of another great man. Thank you for building an amazing family! Super Bowl Champs!!!!!!


  • Terry Tanking Posted March 10, 2020 10:33 am

    Many thoughts and prayers sent to the family. Truly a great man to know.

  • Donetta Conn Posted March 10, 2020 10:49 am

    To the entire Strawhecker Family,
    To this day, your father is still one of the greatest men, I have ever known. He and Jackie helped shape the lives of so many of us, when we were growing up. My heart breaks for all of you., and the many friends who knew and loved him.
    Know that my thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
    Love and Hugs,

  • Michael Sherlock Posted March 10, 2020 2:45 pm

    Mitzi and my thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. Ty and I had some great adventures during our college years and I had the pleasure of spending time and meeting Terrence and Jackie. What i will always remember is that infectious smile and sense of humor your father had. You all carry that with you as well.

  • Susan Doerr Posted March 10, 2020 3:22 pm

    To all the Strawhecker’ clan, I love your family and truly see your Dad in all of you. I was blessed to have my sis marry into the family and Terry was always a true gentleman and kind to everyone. He will be greatly missed. May the wonderful memories and love he shared continue on. Many prayers and love to you sweet Jackie.

  • Sherrie Harrison Posted March 10, 2020 9:02 pm

    The Strawhecker family moved to Sunset in the 70’s. Immediately our family bonded! We had 6 kids and they had 8!! A friend for every child. And it was that way. My sister Jaque was friends with Tiff and Tracy; Bobby with Trevor and Try, Clendon with Ty, and I fell in love with Terry and Todd, LOL! They then moved to Webster. Crazy thing? Mart and I moved into the ‘Strawhecker House’ on Webster years later. We have made major renovations, yet we still find ‘Strawhecker’ remains, LOL! When we ripped out the master bath, behind the Medicine chest, in the wall, was sooo many razor blades! Mart said, can you imagine the Strawhecker DNA there? God bless you all, your daddy was so wonderful. He always greeted me with a warm hug, never forgot my name, and will always be precious in my heart.

  • Marybeth Paletta Posted March 11, 2020 7:18 am

    Thinking of the Strawhecker family at this difficult time and wishing them all comfort in the days ahead. My sincerest condolences.

  • Paul John Circo, Jr. Posted March 12, 2020 7:58 am

    Our condolences to the family. I worked with Terry for a number of years and found him to be a patient coach and loyal friend. Enjoyed a few rounds of golf with him as well. His kind disposition and warm personality were a gift to us all.

  • Joe Ekis Posted March 12, 2020 12:26 pm

    Condolences to the Strawhecker clan. While I never met Mr. Strawhecker, I do feel like I knew him given all the stories from Troy (what a surprise). We’ll be praying for you all during this tough time.

    The Ekis Family
    Joe, Nicole, Carson and Emerson

  • Jim, Barb McCarty & family Posted March 12, 2020 12:42 pm

    We can’t express the sorrow we feel for all of the family. We have so many great memories and they are all filled with laughter, fun and friendship. The world did lose a wonderful man who always made us smile. Our prayers and thoughts are with all the Strawheckers.

  • Meg Tucker Posted March 12, 2020 3:15 pm

    Trevor, so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. It’s been a pleasure listening to you tell stories about your dad along with reading all of the incredible things said here. His legacy lives on, sending all the love during this tough time.

  • Al and Bonnie Boone Posted March 13, 2020 8:29 am

    No words can express what you all are feeling but our heart and prayers are with as you honor a special man and celebrate his life here and in His Fathers Kingdom.

  • Kelli McCarty Oseen Posted March 13, 2020 4:28 pm

    One of my most favorite people on the planet. I love you all and am so sorry for your loss. Kelli

  • Kelli Mccarty Oseen Posted March 13, 2020 4:32 pm

    One of my most favorite people on the planet. Huge love to all the Strawheckers. Kelli

  • Sara L Nevins Posted March 13, 2020 7:25 pm

    Praying for all of you and looking back with lots of smiles! He was such a positive force and touched so many lives. I just remember how happy and fun he always was! I pray you all find comfort being together. Seeing all of you is proof of the amazing impact he left on the world. Love to all of you!

  • Gene and Kathy Schroeder Posted March 14, 2020 12:50 pm

    Kathy and I are so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie and family. Even though it has been a very long time since our high school and college days in the 50’s, we remained good friends through out. I will always remember his great smile and exuberance. He was a loving and caring man and it was a privilege to know him and to be his friend. He will be missed by many. Jackie, may your many happy memories give you comfort during this difficult time. God Bless!

  • Dave McElwain Posted April 13, 2020 8:19 am

    There is no finer Husband, Father,, Grandfather! And Friend than Terry!

  • Travis Bowles Posted June 14, 2020 9:35 pm

    Always treated me like family and always had a smile. An example of what a man should be…

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