Terry Appenzeller, 87, left an indelible mark on the world and the people he loved so much. Born on Christmas Eve in 1935 in Dallas Center, Iowa, Terry was a beacon of joy and positivity throughout his life.\n\nHis radiant spirit, infectious enthusiasm, and unwavering dedication to his family and community made him a beloved figure of Indianola. He graduated from Indianola High School in 1954 and resided in Indianola for the majority of his life.\n\nIn 1955 he made the brave decision to join the U.S. Navy, where he was stationed In San Diego, California, and later overseas at Port Lloyd, Africa. \n\nHis adventurous spirit even led him to The Camel Bowl in Africa, where he represented his fellow Seamen playing football. He also ran an on-base radio station during his time in the Navy.\n\nOn June 16, 1979, Terry was united in marriage to Karolyn "Joy"; Schurman Clark. Joy became the healing light of his life after the untimely passing of Terry's first wife, Shirley Appenzeller Vasey. \n\nTerry and his son Allan extended their family to include Mylea and Chris, enfolding them into Terry's already great legacy of love.\n\nIn his professional life, Terry took on a variety of jobs including Central Life Assurance, Look Magazine, Armstrong Tire, Farming, Dayco, and Honda. He then went into the Insurance business for MSI until 1990 when he and Joy moved to Springfield Mo. and started All-American Insurance Agency.\n\nIn 2003 he decided to retire and come back home to Indianola. Of course he could not sit still and decided to work for McCoy's True Value. He also became a devoted bus driver for the Indianola School District, serving 16 years. He especially enjoyed driving students to extra-curricular activities, so he could cheer on sports teams and support the band. He retired, again, in 2019.\n\nTerry loved being part of the community and could often be found enjoying coffee at the Corner Sundry. He served on the Indianola Utility Board, was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, was member of the American Legion and Jaycees, and could be found volunteering as an Usher or Sound Engineer at the First United Methodist Church every Sunday.\n\nIn his leisure time, Terry was an avid motorcyclist, taking Joy on many trips across the country. He also had a deep love for boating and enjoyed taking the family water skiing and tubing. In later years you could look to the skies for he and Allan in the Hot Air Balloon. If he wasn’t in it, he was chasing it. He also loved music and for a while was running a DJ business with Joy where they played tunes for weddings and events. \n\nWhen his health slowed him down, you could still find him visiting with many neighbors, friends and family. We all loved him and will miss him deeply.\n\nAbove all, Terry cherished time spent with his grandchildren, sharing stories, imparting wisdom, and making lasting memories. \n\nTerry is survived by his loving wife, Karolyn, his children; Allan (Teresa) Appenzeller, Mylea (Craig) Williams, Chris (Amy) Schurman, and his daughter-in-law Melissa Appenzeller, and his cherished grandchildren; TJ and Hana Appenzeller, Sarah and Matthew Williams, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Schurman and Emma (Corey Selim) Schurman.\n\nHe is preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Opal Appenzeller, and his first wife Shirley.\n\nPlease join us to remember and celebrate Terry's life during the public visitation on Friday, 11 Aug 2023 at 6:00 pm CDT and the memorial service on Saturday, 12 Aug 2023 at 11:00 am CDT, both at the First United Methodist Church, 307 West Ashland Avenue, Indianola, Iowa, 50125. \n\nMemorial contributions may be directed to family.