Terry Craig Teopas, 76, of Jackson, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
Terry was born in Toledo, OH on November 7, 1944 to Paul and Violet (Rose) Teopas. Terry graduated from Libbey High School and was a proud member of the Class of 1962. He attended the University of Toledo where he earned his associate's, bachelor's and master's in education. He started his teaching career at Ottawa Hills Elementary as a third-grade teacher for eleven years before becoming the principal at Evergreen Middle School for six years. In 1985, he became the principal at Frank Elementary School in Perrysburg, OH where he served for 23 years, retiring in 2008 after 40 years in public education. During his career, he was known for his outreach and service to the community. For many years he coordinated the Perrysburg Christians United Food Drive and was a trustee for the Perrysburg Heights Association. As a young man, he served as President of Luther League. Due to his incredible work ethic throughout his life, he had stints as a park ranger for the Toledo Metro Parks, an officer for Ottawa Hills Police Department and worked as a real estate agent for DiSalle Real Estate Company.
Terry was the ultimate “Family Man”. He loved going to watch his son Nicholas play tuba as a member of the Michigan State University Marching Band. He also loved watching his daughter Alison play softball at Northview High School and then at Denison University where she was a four-year varsity softball player. He also enjoyed watching the grandchildren in their activities. He and his family loved spending time at their lake home. Terry was a proud Eagle Scout and served as a Scoutmaster with his son in Boy Scouts. He was also fortunate to see two grandsons start their journey in Scouts. He was a big Michigan State Spartans football and basketball fan and attended many Michigan State games with his family.
As a young man, one of his favorite pastimes was singing. Terry had a wonderful tenor voice and was a soloist at many weddings throughout his life. While attending Peace Lutheran Church and Sylvania First United Methodist Church, his voice was prominent during Sunday services.
Terry is survived by his son Nicholas (Lydia) Teopas of Hastings, MI; daughter Alison (Adam) Spungen of Carmel, IN; Joyce Lintner Teopas of Holland, OH; Beverly Yocum of Bingham Hills, MI; a sister Suzanne Teopas-Moore of Sylvania, OH and grandchildren Hayden and Bennett Teopas, Caleb LaBoe, Marlayna Young and Evan Spungen. He is survived by a niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul; and nephews, Mark and Tyson.
A private family graveside and burial service will be held Thursday, March 18. At a later date, there will be a memorial service to celebrate his life.
The family requests that those who so desire may make memorial donations in Terry’s name to Boy Scout Troop 154 at Sylvania First United Methodist Church, 7000 Erie St., Sylvania, OH 43560.
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