In the early morning hours of Saturday, June 30, 2012, Terry Wayne Halterman, of Right Fork Freemans Creek, was suddenly and unexpectedly called home to be with the Lord.
Terry was born May 15, 1961, the fourth of five children, to the late Hayward Ray "Cheezy" and Patricia Jarvis Halterman, of Pricetown.
In addition to his parents, Terry was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Nancy Fisher Halterman, on Nov. 29, 2010. Also preceding in death were older brother, James Ray "Jim" Halterman, and younger brother, John Joseph "Joe" Halterman, both of Weston.
Terry is survived by his three children, Patrick Wayne Halterman and partner, Jacob Rose, Michelle Lee Adkins and Travis Wayne Halterman and girlfriend, Amanda Burg, all of Weston. He is also survived by his four grandchildren whom he adored, Kaylea Cheyenne, Tara Danielle, Austin Michael and Joshua Michael. In addition, one brother, Charles "Ronnie" Halterman and wife, Sharon, of Alum Bridge; sister, Patricia Joann Helmick of Alum Bridge; sisters-in-law, Linda Halterman of Weston, Ruth Virginia Hicks of Berlin, Pauline Hawkins of Weston, Linda Sue Fisher and Carol Marie Fisher, both of Pricetown; brother-in-law, Jack Fisher of Weston; special friend and companion, Connie Posey; and several nieces and nephews. To list all of Terry's friends would take volumes, but of special note is friend of 30 years, David W. Pickens and wife, Beth, of Buckhannon, 1st Sgt. Eric Williams and wife, Crystal, of Crawford; Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Clay and wife, Deidra, of Buckhannon and Sgt. 1st Class James Upton of Hurricane.
At the urging of his older brother, Jim, Terry joined 1st Platoon 363rd MP Company Weston in 1980. He went through basic training at Ft. Dix, N.J. in April and May of that year. In 1997, he accepted the position of unit administrator for the same unit, now designated as Det. 1 363rd MP Company located in Jane Lew. With this position came the responsibilities for all daily operations of the unit, building maintenance and security and making sure all soldier files were complete and up to date. During his military career, Terry climbed to the rank of sergeant first class, serving in many capacities, including platoon sergeant. He was activated four times, twice being deployed to overseas combat theaters. The activations were: Operation Desert Storm, Kuwait, 1991, where the unit set a new military record for the most enemy prisoners of war processed in a 24 hour period; Operation Noble Eagle, Tobyhanna, Pa., 2001; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq 2003, because of their "advanced experience" his team was fondly referred to as the "Geritol Patrol" by the rest of the troops; and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Grafton, 2009. During this last deployment, physical limitations associated with service related injuries, prevented Terry from traveling overseas. Instead he was appointed, as a sergeant first class, to the position of rear detachment commander, a post usually filled by an officer. Terry was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his efficiency, dedication and esprit de corps during this deployment. Other awards include: two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, eight Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, three NCO Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, six Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbons, Kuwait Liberation Medal for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Liberation Medal for Kuwait, numerous Certificates of Achievement, and numerous Certificates of Appreciation. For 32 years, Terry Wayne Halterman served his country as a soldier in the United States Army Reserve. His record is without spot or blemish, a testament to his devotion to the seven core values of the United States Army. In addition, he held the position of health service worker at Weston State Hospital from 1991-1994 and correctional officer at Huttonsville Correctional Center from 1994-1997.
Terry enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, hunting, fishing, camping, bowling and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of AF &AM Weston Lodge 10, Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite, Commandry, and Shriners.
Friends and family will be received at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Ave. in Weston Friday, July 6, from 2 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 1 pm from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clifford West officiating.
Online condolences may be expressed at hardman-palettifuneralhome.com. Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Terry Wayne Halterman.