Terry E. Napper, age 73, of Buffalo, was called by God to his eternal home Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, while on hospice at his residence.
Public visitation for Terry will take place Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 302 2nd St. NE in Buffalo.
Private family services will take place following the visitation, Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church of Buffalo. The service will be livestreamed, and the link can be found on Terry’s obituary at www.thepetersonchapel.com.
Pastor Ryan Clark will officiate. Honorary casket bearers will be Terry’s grandchildren; Ryan, Kendra, Kailey, Ashleigh, Connor, Tasha, Carissa, and Briella. A private family interment will take place at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, 763-682-1363.
Terry was born Dec. 6, 1946, the son of Myron and Ruth (Grover) Napper in International Falls, MN.
Terry received a degree in commercial art, and then a degree in teaching. His teaching career began by teaching at parochial schools in California, Iowa, and Farmington. He settled in teaching elementary school in Howard Lake-Waverly Schools, and realized that teaching was his true calling.
Terry loved teaching elementary school, Sunday school at church, and fifth grade Confirmation. This love would spill over to working Saturdays and having multiple projects at home, all geared for his school kids.
Terry was united in marriage to, fellow teacher, Susan (nèe, Stevens), in 1977, after meeting her when starting his job in Howard Lake-Waverly.
Terry was the most kind-hearted, thoughtful man. His idea of a fun afternoon would have been pulling his kids in the wagon to Ben Franklin in downtown Buffalo. He would buy them craft supplies and candy, and then enjoyed spending the rest of the day with them, working on multiple projects.
He also loved the time he was able to spend with his grandkids. Terry loved rocking them, playing with them, and cherished just being in their presence.
Terry is survived by wife, Sue Napper; children, Sara Napper, Joe Napper, and Becca (Corey) Commerford; grandchildren, Ryan Klima, Kendra (Trevor) Bray, Kailey (Frank) James, Ashleigh Napper, Connor Commerford, Tasha Jurgens, Carissa Napper, and Briella Napper; siblings, Marilyn (Randy) Hed, Michael (Jim Johnson) Napper, and Vernon (Roxanne) Napper; also many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Ruth; daughter-in-law, Jessica Napper; and siblings, Dennis and Scott Napper.