Roger Dennis Terrell (Most Awesomest Dude), was born in Wakonda, SD in 1944 and raised on his family farm south of town. He enlisted in the US Army in 1966, he was stationed in Bangkok, Thailand, as a Dental Assistant, completing his service in El Paso, Texas in 1969. He moved to Yankton, South Dakota, working in the local butcher shop during the day and running a Karate club at night. He met H.U. Lee, the head instructor of a Karate school in Omaha, NE, who became Roger’s mentor and instructor. In 1973, Roger moved his family to Lincoln, NE and opened the first TaeKwonDo school in town as a member of the newly formed American TaeKwonDo Association (ATA). Chief Master Terrell completed his career in the marital arts in 2016 as an 8th Degree Black Belt. Remarried again in 1998 and later developed a passion for PPCT training and instruction, became an avid competitor in handgun competitions, and became a Certified Concealed Carry Instructor.
Survived by his wife Linda Terrell, daughters Pennie Terrell and Shelley (Nick) Suminski, grandchildren Kane and Keisha Suminski, sister Elaine Kleinschmidt, and 3 nieces.
Roger joins his family in passing; son Scott Lee, daughter Kristi Lynn, mother Mary Terrell (Mossefin) and father John Terrell, nephews Wesley Kropuenske and Dennis Kropuenske, adoring aunts and uncles, and his beloved instructor Grand Master H.U. Lee.
Memorial Service on Monday, April 3, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at Lincoln Berean Church, 6400 South 70th Street. Please use north entrance.
Memorials to K9s for Warriors (www.k9sforwarriors.org) or the Gary Sinise Foundation (www.garysinisefoundation.org)
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