LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Terrance “Terry” G. Niebeling, 58, of La Crescent passed away Monday, June 23, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., as the result of a dirt bike accident that occurred Saturday, June 21.
Terry was born Sept. 1, 1955, in La Crosse to Everett and Betty “Shorty” (Scott) Niebeling. He graduated from La Crescent High School in 1973. Terry owned and operated T & S Cleaning in La Crescent and the surrounding area for 40 years and enjoyed and valued his many clients. He also did snow removal in the winter and could be found helping people anytime and anywhere. Terry was a jack-of-all trades/handyman and could “Terry-rig” anything.
Terry was also a volunteer firefighter, first responder and assistant fire marshal with the La Crescent Fire Department for the past 15 years. Terry received many awards, including the La Crescent Fire Department Valor Certificate when he helped save 30 lives with his airboat in the 2007 flood in Stockton, Minn. He taught fire safety to the La Crescent Elementary students and also taught CPR in the community. He was also a member of the La Crosse Area Dive/Rescue Team.
On Feb. 14, 2005, he married Laurie Breyer, and their blended family includes, children, Nicole (Chris) Fruechte, Jaimee (Lamin) Fofana, Terry Scott Niebeling, Kelly Niebeling, Katie (fiancé, Keegan Campbell) Niebeling, Zach and Sophie Emery; two grandchildren, Lawson Fruechte and Lamin Fofana Jr.; and a brother, Tom (Colleen) Niebeling of La Crescent. Also special to Terry were his nephew, Bill (Mandi) Niebeling; niece, Angie Niebeling; two great-nieces, Cora and Ellie; and his beloved pets.
Terry was preceded in death by his father, Everett; and his stepfather, Oren Scott; who was an awesome father and friend to Terry.
Terry had many hobbies and interests, some of which include hunting, fishing, air boating, camping, being out on the river, dirt biking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and most recently gardening. Terry always had a sense of excitement, high energy and high spirits. Terry was a recreational pilot and enjoyed soaring through the air with his family and friends and looking at the world below in search of his next adventure.
Terry was like no other! He loved his family and children more than anything. Terry was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, helper, teacher and adventurer. A hero to all who loved him and to all whose lives he touched or saved, Terry was our Superman!
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at La Crescent United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Prince of Peace Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church and again one hour prior to services Saturday.
Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crescent is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.