2018-02-08 / Obituaries



Terry L. Van De Voort, age 74, of Pigeon, died February 3, 2018 after several years of declining health surrounded by his loving wife and sisters inlaw at Meadow Lane Assisted Living in Bad Axe.

Terry was born January 4, 1944 in Detroit, to the late Wilbert and Evelyn (Diefenbach) Van De Voort. He graduated from Pigeon High School in 1962. He married Donna M. Bannick on July 20, 1974 at St. John Lutheran Church in Kilmanagh. Terry had a 20 year (1962-1983) career in the U.S. Navy, serving on diesel and nuclear submarines, retiring as a chief warrant officer. He also worked at Commonweath Edison Nuclear Power Plant in Zion, Illinois until retiring in July 1998. Terry enjoyed golfing, hunting at his deer camp and fishing with his brothers.

He is survived by Donna, his loving wife of over 43 years; siblings, Dale of Florida, Pat of Bay City and Sally (Jim) Fisher of Saginaw; sisters in-law, Karen Bannick, Diane (Gary) Brown, Gayle (Charlie) Forbing and Jean (Phil) Myers; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Keith and sister-in-law, Barbara.

A Celebration of his Life was held at Champagne Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mark Melillo officiating. Burial was in New Bay Port Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Michigan Veteran’s Foundation.

Terry’s family would like to thank Meadow Lane Assisted Living and Hometown Hospice for their loving care. www.ChampagneFuneralChapel.com

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