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Daniel Louis Terpening, 75, suddenly passed away Friday, 22 April 2016, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center of complications from a stroke with his family by his side.

Dan graduated from Galesburg High School in Illinois and from Open Bible College in Des Moines, Iowa. While there, he met Sharon at a local church. They married and just celebrated their 54th anniversary the day before his stroke.

After his college graduation and with the draft looming, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and took his training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. His 23-year Army career took him around the world with assignments in Nebraska, France, Kansas, Viet Nam, Washington, D.C., Germany, New York and South Korea. His last assignment was with the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Monmouth, NJ. He retired as a Master Sergeant in May 1986, then worked at Telos Corporation in Shrewsbury and for JStor, Portico and the Princeton University Library system, fully retiring in 2011.

His new-found time was devoted to his life-long passions of family, music, reading and walking. Dan's latest musical involvement has been with the Tower Hill Choir and the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium Choir. He sang in Ocean Grove for 35 years and served as choir vice-president and president in the 1980s. Currently, he was the vice-president of the Tower Hill Choir. Always ready with a joke and recognized for wearing suspenders, "Dan the Man" was known by many and will be missed by all, especially his family. They would like to thank the Neuro Trauma team of doctors and nurses at JSUMC for their kind, attentive care and concern during Dan's last 24 hours. They took good care of him and us.

Dan was predeceased by his parents Smith Daniel and Esther Lindgren Terpening; an infant brother, Paul; sister Naomi Marie; sisters-in-law Avonna and Sheryl; niece Sharalee; and cousins Dillon and Louise Terpening.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Nyswonger Terpening; three daughters Danielle (Scott) Miller, Darcy Terpening and Delaine (Steven) Sarraf; and granddaughters Stella Anne and Sofia Astra Miller. Also left to remember him are three brothers Philip J. (Sandra), Stephen A. (Darlene) and Timothy M. (Vicky) Terpening; nephew and nieces Nathan (Rachel) Terpening, Stephanie (Greg) Kephart, Aimee Terpening and Lynelle (Michael) Nelson; cousins John Potter and Alice (Brian) Rubin; and 12 great nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his 102-year-old father-in-law, Wayne O. Nyswonger; sister-in-law Kathy (Bill) Wishman; nephews and niece Todd (Stephanie) Wishman, Eric (Kara) Wishman and Heidi (Nick) Adams; and 10 more great nieces and nephews.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, is entrusted with the arrangements. Dan's memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, 30 April 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank (Tower Hill), 255 Harding Road, Red Bank, NJ 07701. In remembrance of Dan, those who wish may make contributions to First Presbyterian Church (Tower Hill), 255 Harding Road, Red Bank, NJ 07701 or the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, ORGAN FUND, 54 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756.
Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740