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Terry L. Sewell

Terry L. Sewell, 75, of Peoria, passed away at 10:50 AM on Friday, April 3, 2020 at UnityPoint Health-Proctor in Peoria, with family at his side. He was born on September 22, 1944 in Peoria to Raymond and Nellie (Nett) Sewell. He married Patricia Lapsley on September 14, 1963 in Farmington, IL. Patricia survives him.

Also surviving are three children, Kevin Todd Sewell of Rock Falls, IL, Craig Allen (Suzanne) Sewell of Scottsdale, AZ, and Chad Michael (Adrienne) Sewell of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Justin (Ashley), Abigail, and Jacob; two great-grandchildren, Bella and Heaven; and one brother, Ralph (Lois) Swords of Hopkinsville, KY.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Yarra Tammen-Sewell; three brothers, Gary Swords, Ronald Sewell, and Michael Sewell; sister, Luanne Jackson; and mother-in-law, Anne Lapsley.

Terry was a business owner-partner at Biederbeck Brothers at the Peoria Union Stockyards. Later, with partners, he went on to purchase the Peoria Stockyards where he operated as President, prior to retirement. He was a member of the Trivoli United Methodist Church. Terry loved his wife and family more than anything else in his life. He was always there when his children needed him, and never let us down. He loved his community, was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed conversing with old friends, new friends, and anyone kind enough to listen to his stories, and delightful sense of humor.

Graveside service was held at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Trivoli Cemetery in Trivoli, IL. Rev. Walter Carlson officiated. A future Celebration of Life for Terry will be announced at a later date. Memorials can be made to Peoria Fire Fighters Local 50. Attention: Local 50 Charity Fund P.O. Box 5005, Peoria, IL, 61601-5005. To leave online condolences you may go to


  • Leroy Shumaker

    Reply April 7, 2020 4:25 pm

    Pat, sorry for your loss. Terry was a good guy, and i am sure he will be missed by family and friends. Take care. Leroy

  • Dave Severt

    Reply April 7, 2020 4:42 pm

    Pat, Dave and I are so sorry to hear about Terry. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Dave and Mary Jane Severt

  • Carl Taylor

    Reply April 7, 2020 4:55 pm

    So sorry for your family’s loss. Terry was a great guy and was liked by everyone. I know he will be greatly missed.

  • Pam (Davis) Lindstrom

    Reply April 7, 2020 5:19 pm

    Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. I am really glad I got to talk to him at the reunion dinner. I know you will miss him dearly. If you need anything, please give me a call.

  • danny polhemus

    Reply April 7, 2020 6:56 pm

    Great friend, and I know he will be missed by all that knew him. He was always a joy to be around and I know he enjoyed life,and was always smiling and joking with everyone he knew. Sorry for you and your familys loss.

  • Mike & Becky Manuel

    Reply April 7, 2020 7:03 pm

    Dear Pat, Becky and I are so very sorry of Terrys passing. so many memories of my adventures with Terry , Mike and I and later in High school with you also are in my mind and heart forever. We grew up togerher from the 1st and 2nd grade in school . so many memories. you are in our prayers.

    Love you girl, Mike & Becky

  • Margo Warfield

    Reply April 7, 2020 7:19 pm

    So sorry for your loss. We know he will be greatly missed by all.

  • Dwight E Helle

    Reply April 7, 2020 7:24 pm

    Pat, I really enjoyed our chats at Dr. Shay’s and at Scappechi’s . I know he fought the good fight and was a good friend. Take care.

    Dwight and Joyce Helle

  • Linda Schermer

    Reply April 7, 2020 8:23 pm

    Sorry for your loss Pat. Enjoyed seeing him at our last reunion.

  • Colleen Garrison

    Reply April 7, 2020 9:04 pm

    Over the years, i have been glad that our High School was small enough that we knew one another well. Rember this is a time to griev, it is a time to cry, toscream, & to Remember…..take care of yourself, there are many who love and need you….

  • Jan Lucas

    Reply April 8, 2020 7:41 am

    Went to school with Terry & Pat. Sorry for your loss, prayers go out to all the family. He was a kind soul & liked by many. He will be missed.

  • Dave & Marylee Zook

    Reply April 8, 2020 8:08 am

    Pat, and family, We want to extend our condolences to the entire family. Always liked Terry and sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.
    Dave and Marylee Zook

    • Betty Quick

      Reply April 14, 2020 10:43 am

      You have my deepest condolences, Pat. I have many great memories of all the baseball players and stockyards, and backyard parties with you guys. So sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember good times with Terry.

  • Raymond Tribe

    Reply April 8, 2020 5:11 pm

    My condolences to the family. Terry and Chad literally changed my life when I was headed down a dark road.

  • Sue Overcash

    Reply April 8, 2020 5:31 pm

    Pat, so sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Kay Stevens Down

    Reply April 8, 2020 7:52 pm

    Pat, I am sad to here of Terry’s passing. I’ve known him since grade school. Through 4-h and high school You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Bruce and Jeanette Ashley

    Reply April 9, 2020 8:23 am

    Pat and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We, too so loved his spirit, friendship, and kindness. He loved life, his family and friends and was determined to hold onto all he held dear as long as possible. We will miss our times together very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Doc and Sherry Boyer

    Reply April 9, 2020 9:08 am

    Pat, so very sorry to hear of Terrys passing. He was a great friend. Having gone to school with him, I remember all the great times we had at Dixons. He willbe missewd by all who new him.

  • Larry and Laurie Whitmore

    Reply April 9, 2020 9:29 am

    Pat – sorry to hear about Terry’s passing. Always thought highly of him – good person! Appreciated and respected your family. Please pass on to your boys our condolences.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Roger Quin

    Reply April 9, 2020 11:48 am

    Terry and I went all through grade school together. I moved away but remember many good times back then. We lived about a mile apart and farmed like his family. He was the pitcher on the ball team and best basketball player on the team. Looks like he had a good life but too short. He’ll be missed.

  • Kim Armstrong

    Reply April 9, 2020 4:37 pm

    Pat, I am so very sorry. Terry was such a treat – even when he wasn’t :). He loved giving me, and I assume most people, a hard time. He had a heart of gold and I miss you two being my neighbor. Peace to you and the family.

  • Colette Colgan

    Reply April 10, 2020 10:46 am

    Pat, I am so sorry to read of Terry’s passing. Keeping you and your family in thought and prayer.

  • Debbie Kraft

    Reply April 10, 2020 2:39 pm

    She sorry to hear of Terry’s passing Pat. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Norma Behrends

    Reply April 11, 2020 7:46 pm

    Marty and I are sorry for your loss. It has been a rough year for your family. We always enjoyed seeing Terry and his
    wonderful sense of humor. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    and your family.

  • Val Hudson Christie

    Reply April 25, 2020 7:57 pm

    Pat, just heard that Terry had passed away, am so sorry for your loss. Terry and I went through school together and our folks were good friends. So many memories of school events and evenings our families spent together. You and your boys will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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