January 15, 1947 – October 15, 2022
Terry Lee Clauff (75) was born on January 15, 1947, in Omaha, Nebraska, of Lowell and Donadean Clauff, and passed away on October 15, 2022. He was preceded in death by his father, Lowell Clauff, his mother, Donadean Clauff, and his brotjer. Stephen Clauff. Surviving Terry is his wife of seventeen years, Lisa Trummer-Clauff ; Leigh Ann Gobber, her husband, Tim, and their children, Carsen and Clara; Robert Clauff, his wife, Denelle, and their children, Deakon and Amethyst; Jack Tighe Clauff, his wife Jordan, Madeline Key Clauff, and Tylyn Trummer, his stepdaughter; and his brother, David Clauff.
Terry was proud of the legacy that he built and was a major part of the lives of his children and grandchildren.
He went to Westside High School and went on to the University of Iowa in Ames, Iowa, securing an Associate’s Degree in Architecture. Following college, he entered the Army Reserves until he was honorably discharged in 1976.
Terry started his career working at Falstaff with his father, but ultimately became employed with Dial Management of Omaha, Nebraska. His first position was with the maintenance staff at the Hilltop Mall in Kearney, Nebraska. He later moved on to a management position as the on-site manager and marketing director in apartments. As real estate took its twists and turns, Terry was given the opportunity to join Donald Day, the owner of Dial Properties, and voyaged off into the land of Real Estate Development and Management, which resulted in many developments and managed properties all over the United States. Ultimately Terry was the Chief Executive Officer of Dial Properties Co. and a Principal of Dial Companies Corporation, the holding company of the Dial Organizations. He joined Dial in 1969 and became President of the Management, Marketing, and Leasing division in 1975. He was truly married to the mission of his work with Dial and the development of many colleagues that remain part of his legacy today. He was a driving force in the success realized by Dial and was viewed and respected by many in the business.
Throughout Terry’s life, he experienced several major health issues which could have retired him early. However, he stood proud and continued to pursue business as usual.
While he had a vision in his career, he also had a strong vision in his personal life, one of building abundant roots in the land. He loved working outside at his acreage in Elkhorn. He had flower and vegetable gardens, orchards, berries, a pond, and numerous flower gardens. He was definitely a proud farmer. Terry loved to travel and, over time, took his family to all four corners of the country.
With all that activity, his daily ritual was always to return home from work and immediately head out on his deck and watch the sunset with a stiff drink and a good laugh.
Terry was a private man, one with determination, conviction, and commitment. He was an awesome man and will be truly missed.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Monday, October 24, 2022, 10:30AM, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4200 N 204th St. Elkhorn, Nebraska.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N Main St. Chamberlain, South Dakota.
I played baseball with Terry at Westside High. His nickname was “Clutch” and it suited him well. He was a great classmate, teamate and person. Rest easy friend.
Terry was my cousin. I will always remember his smile and laugh. I will also cherish the memories I have from all our family gatherings. He was a very kind man.
Gina and I were sorry to read of Terry’s sudden passing. Our prayers and condolences are offered to Lisa, Leigh, Robert, Jack, Madeline and Tylyn. Terry was a force in many lives, including ours.
I did not know Terry but my condolences to the Clauff family. He sounded like a great person.