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