Terry Allen Heater, 81, of Findlay, Ohio, peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at The Heritage. He was born in South Bend, Indiana to the late Harris E. and Edith I. (Archambeault) Heater on December 10, 1937. On July 26, 1958, Terry married his true love, Judy Moore and were blessed with three children.

Terry graduated from Adams High School, South Bend, IN and attended Ball State University graduating in 1959. He received his bachelor’s degree in teaching. He also lettered four straight years playing football for The Cardinals. After graduating, he relocated to Tipp City, OH where he taught for 10 years. He coached varsity football, baseball, track, and wrestling. One of his proudest accomplishments was starting the wrestling program at Tipp City. The wrestling program became quite successful during his tenure.

In 1969, Terry relocated to Findlay, OH for a teaching position in the vocational department. He continued coaching at Findlay High School with the football and wrestling program. After many years of coaching, he continued officiating wrestling.

Terry retired after 35 years of teaching. He enjoyed his many years of coaching and teaching. He received The Golden Apple Award in 1991 and in 1994, was The Outstanding Educator for Chamber of Commerce. He also received the Findlay City School Bruce Hill Award between 1993-1994 and OWE Northwest Region Teacher of the Year between 1983-1984. Terry was a member of the Knight of Columbus and attended St. Michael Catholic Church. He loved traveling, fishing, working with his hands and helping others when possible.

Terry is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judy; sons, Bruce S. (Mindee) Heater of Findlay, and Joe A. (Kim) Heater of Bellefontaine, OH; daughter, Julie A. (Mike) Barrett of McComb; grandchildren, Heather (Carl) Muniz, Matthew (Brittany) Heater, Aaron, Ashleigh, Mariah, Mackenzie (Darren) Daulton, Jack, isabelle, Kiersten, Brandon, Brody; great-grandchildren, Emma, Carl Jr., Addie, Gavin, Asher, and Colton. He is also survived by a brother, Gary Lee Heater of South Bend, IN.

Friends and family may visit from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with Fr. Mike Zacharias officiating. Inurnment will be held in St. Michael Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions in Terry’s name may be made to the Findlay High School Athletic Department (Wrestling/Football) or Bridge Home Heal and Hospice

Hufford Funeral Home

31 thoughts on “Terry A. Heater

  1. Mr. Heater was the only reason I graduated. He also gave me the courage to go to college years later. He kept myself, Jane Custard, and Ed Settlemier from getting into too much trouble. We all made it because of him. He’s the only teacher I stayed in touch with. I thanked him many times over for not giving up on me. He was one of a kind and will not be forgotten. Missed but never forgotten!

  2. I am a 1970 graduate of Tippecanoe High School. Mr. Heater was one of a group of the finest teachers I have ever had. There was always a story around school that you never wanted to get in trouble with Mr. Heater because he would stuff you in a locker then tell every other teacher you had so they would be on your case the remainder of the day. I was never in trouble with Mr. Heater so had no personal experience with this nor did I ever know anyone who he stuffed in a locker. I know I believed the story and I believe others did. I don’t think any of us wanted to really find out if it would happen!

    Mr. Heater was a good, decent man. He was a varsity coach in football, baseball, track and wrestling. Few may know that he was often around the girls’ sports teams which were really just getting started at that time. It was in his capacity as a track coach that I enjoyed the benefits of his coaching, his deep love for sports and his early support for the emergence of girls’ sports. Thank you!

    Peace be you.

  3. I sorry to hear about Coach Heater. Have a lot of memories from football and wrestling. I am sorry for your loss, you will be in my prayers

  4. Dear Heater Family,
    What can I say about Terry that hasn’t already been said. He lived his life as a prime example of what a husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, mentor and friend should be. I have great respect for him and he will be dearly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Pam Bair-Zimmerly

  5. Judy and family, Terry truly was a wonderful man, had it not for him I would have never finished school or became the person I am today. Judy only you will understand this but I hope he gets some grape pie in heaven.
    My prayers are with all of you at this time.

  6. Dear Judy & family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless Terry; God bless you and your family.

    I still have wonderful memories of Tipp City, Ohio, and working with Terry and fellow teachers in the Tipp City Schools. He had a great impact on students as worked as a teacher and coach there. I know that he is remember by so many.

    Love, Phil & Berni Stephenson

  7. To Judy, Bruce, Joe and Julie. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Terry was a GREAT MAN–family man, teacher, coach and all around “good guy”. He gave young people the hope and inspiration to get an education and live a productive life. The world is a better place because of him. Prayers and love to each of you. Bill Manuel

  8. Dear Judy,Bruce,Joe, and Julie
    From one coach to another Terry will be missed, especially all the wrestlers and wrestlerettes he advised throughout his coaching career. Terry was old school when it came to working with young people and everyone respected him for that. Like a preacher told me at my own father’s funeral, if there were more men like that man ,there would not be the problems we have today in today’s youth and Coach Heater falls in that group of men. God bless all the Terry Heater’s family and may the Lord be with all you on this day.

  9. Judy , Bruce , Julie and Joe … We are so sorry to hear of the passing of a very respectful man that I and many others called ” Coach “. Mr. Heater taught us the fundamentals of the game but also taught us respect, hard work and dedication . To the Heater family please accept our deepest condolences and thank you Mr. Heater ( coach) for being a big part of mine and so many other lives. God bless you!
    David and Tonita Karcher

  10. What a wonderful Uncle. I have to say Uncle Terry was someone to look up to and admire. He was a respected, loved, and caring individual. My heart goes out to my Aunt Judy, and Cousins Bruce, Joe, and Julie. I still remember all the fun we had when you all would come down and visit. God Speed Uncle Terry. Keep a light on up there for the rest of us, and say hi to mom and Ross for me please.

  11. Condolences to the Heater Family. Coach Heater was my first wrestling coach and he made a big difference in my life.

    Tom Meyer
    Phoenix AZ

  12. This man is the reason i graduated and ive always been thankful for that. Through the years since 1974 i have always kept in touch with Mr. Heater n Judy.His passing has left a empty place in my heart with that said. Thank you for the time you have shared with me and hope to continue with Judy and the family . prayers to you all.

  13. Although I never had the privilege to meet Terry, I feel that I knew him through the wonderful things I heard his family say about him. His grandchildren had a fine example in their lives and they spoke so highly of him over the years that I have known them.
    May the Heater family live out his legacy of kindness. Rest In Peace “paps”

  14. Julie and all of the family. I am so sorry for your families loss. As long as your hearts beat he will be with you. Remember all of the good memories. I will keep you in prayers for comfort and peace. SINCERELY, Becky Johnson

  15. I have great memories of Coach Heater. You have my deepest sympathy on his passing. Your family is in my prayers.

  16. Judy, I am so sorry to hear that Terry is no longer with us. Know I am thinking of you at this sad time and praying for peace for you and your family.

  17. Coach Heater was more than a coach to many of us in the wrestling and football programs. In my case and that of my high school friends and my brothers and sisters he mentored many of us, and was an example of what a good man he was. He was also my neighbor and friend. That means my brothers and I all who wrestled and played football lived 3 houses from coach so we saw a lot of him and Judy. He was missed when he moved to Findlay but we were happy for his success. RIP coach from those of us that you mentored and coached.

  18. Judy, Bruce, Julie & Joe…so much sadness…I’m sure he’s skipping down the heavenly paths, grateful to be mobile again but missing his earthly family & friends. You all are on my heart as you make this bittersweet journey. John 14:2. .

  19. So sorry to hear of Mr. Heater’s passing. He was my brother Bob’s teacher at FHS in the OWE program and if it weren’t for him, my brother probably would not have graduated. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  20. I graduated in 1979 thanks in part to Mr. Heater. I had dropped out of school in eleventh grade and Mr. Heater ran a summer school program for kids like me. We attended school for half a day and worked at a job for the other half. Mr Heater always encouraged us to do our best. At the end of the summer, I reenrolled in highschool as a senior. Mr Heater always spoke to me whenever he saw me. He told me if I made the honor roll that he would treat me to a sundae at Deitsch. Guess who made the honor roll every time? He will always be one of my favorite teachers.

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the lose you all have suffered.

    Sincerely, Laura Kilpatrick

  21. I still remember the day Coach passed me in the hall at FHS and asked me how much I weighed. When I answered about 100 pounds he asked if I wanted to be on the wrestling team and the rest is history. He was a great guy even if he did call me stick man since I was so skinny. Prayers to all the Heater family.

  22. Dear Judy, Bruce, Mindee and family, Please accept our sincere condolences as you grieve. We are lifting you all in prayer.
    With love,
    Maile and Bill Doyle

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