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Karl Terlinden

Karl H. "K.T." Terlinden

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Obituary

Karl Howard Terlinden passed away January 22, 2019 amidst a beautiful winter snowfall under a full moon. He courageously fought for seven weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor.

Karl was born on September 6th, 1953 in West Bend, Wisconsin to Dolores (Kocher) and the late Ervin Terlinden.

He followed in his father’s footsteps by carrying on the family legacy of Terlinden Roofing; established in 1947. Karl had immense pride in his work and could remember each home he roofed. For Karl, his business was not just about the color of the shingle or the style of the roof, it was about getting to know his customers as individuals.

During winter, Karl became part of a tradition for many families, as he shook out thousands of Christmas trees over the years at his family’s tree lot, on the corner of 8th and Poplar. When he wasn’t at the tree lot, Karl was plowing, slushing, and salting businesses and homes.

Karl watched the radar in anticipation of upcoming blizzards, which undoubtedly meant he would be plowing all night stopping to refuel with a Double-Webb.

Karl had many diverse interests. Many people knew Karl’s love of racing; he raced modified cars and also loved being a spectator, especially at Plymouth where he could enjoy a Miesfield’s steak sandwich. He enjoyed fishing for walleye and northerns, and looked forward to out-fishing his sons and friends on their trips to Canada. Karl never tired of traveling to new places often choosing the backroads over the highways. He travelled internationally, including a special trip with his daughters.

One of Karl’s many hobbies included going to auctions with Donna to bid on handmade quilts.
Many people knew the colorful side of Karl, but those who knew him best respected his humbleness and generosity. Karl anonymously donated to countless organizations; therefore, it was not surprising he donated his corneas to help others.

In lieu of flowers please honor Karl’s memory by; going for a Harley ride on a back country road, indulging in a scoop of frozen custard, planting a tree, eating a piece of poppy seed torte, taking a nap, feeding the birds, attending a county fair, listening to live music, adding commentary to an episode of Survivor, or enjoying a Kessler and Coke.

The family is honoring Karl’s specific wishes to have a private Celebration of Life.

He is survived by his wife and soulmate Donna Kogler, children Jesse (Amber), Heidi (Will) Lindman, Luke (Margie), Marie Terlinden, step-daughters Jennifer (Mark) Kogler-Schanen, Abigail (Joe) Finn, and Elizabeth Kogler. Karl, known as Grandpa to Landon, Amaya, Eva, Estelle, Henry and one more grandchild on the way, will forever be fondly remembered. Opa is adored by Benjamin, Adeline, Mica, and Liam. Karl is further survived by his mother Dolores, his brother Gary (Joyce), sister Jean (Elroy) Klug and sister June (friend Elroy) Karnitz.

Love you, K.T.
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June Terlinden Karnitz

Posted at 05:57pm
You were gone to soon little brother. I am really going to miss you. Say "Hi ' to dad for me. Till we meet again. LOVE YOU. JUNE
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Washington Sunshine

Posted at 11:00pm
Honoring the memory of Karl H Terlinden. Our sympathy to the Terlinden family.
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Gary & Jill Vanderspool

Posted at 02:55pm
Our deepest sympathies to the Terlinden and Kogler families. Karl was such a big part of our lives - there is a hole that will not be filled again in this lifetime. So many memories of fun times and also memories of making it through the challenges that life deals to us all. Karl and Gary were best friends and not afraid to show it. They laughed when we teased them about their "bromance" and just continued to care for each other (and share desserts whenever they went out to lunch). Karl was a kind, generous and intelligent person and we will miss him dearly. Bye Little Buddy - I love you man, Gary and Jill Vanderspool
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Larry and Mary Clark

Posted at 01:17pm
Like so many in the area, our home was re-roofed by Karl and his crew. And like so many families,, we to purchased trees from the old lot on Poplar...... Always a gracious, honest and decent person. The world spins a little slower without him. Our deepest sympathy to his family.
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Timm Family

Posted at 02:54pm
We are so very sorry for your loss. Your entire family will continue to be in our prayers.
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