Terry Lee Simantel
Terry Lee Simantel
Born: September 23, 1947
Resided: Scotland, South Dakota
Died: December 14, 2020
Age: 73

Terry Simantel was born September 23, 1947 to Maurice and Crystal (Bohner) Simantel of Scotland, SD, graduated from Scotland High School in 1965, went on to Universal Trades School in Omaha NE graduating in 1966. In 1966 Terry joined the Army National Guard in Springfield, SD where he served until 1974. He worked for Shorty Sear as a mechanic, City of Scotland maintenance, Soukup Construction and COOP Farmer Assn. Scotland.

January 14, 1968 Terry married Diane Hamberger with whom he shared 52 years. They had two boys Chad Alan and Christopher Lee.

While working at COOP he also enjoyed being the mechanic on a race car with driver Dale Schlecter Farmland Industries North Dakota and in 1979 moved home to his love of farming. Along with farming he also sold seed corn, worked in the parts department for Mesman Farm Supply in Springfield, SD, did construction and wood working for family and friends, building anything from garages to furniture and cabinets and finally as a crop adjuster until retirement.

Terry had many hobbies and loves in his life, starting from his younger days in 4H and FFA showing livestock in many events. As he grew older his interest turned to motorized vehicles and oh the stories that have been told about those days, anything from cars to motorcycles to snowmobiling on weekends with neighborhood friends and kids. Terry loved NASCAR Racing and traveled to many races with Diane and friends.

Terry enjoyed hunting with the neighbor group for many years and passed that love down to his kids and grandkids as they grew older. In his later years his love turned to camping and riding his side by side on trails across the state, along with spending time with his kids and grandkids, giving rides at the drop of a hat for any grandchild that would ask. Terry went from the wrench turner to the wrench director, helping family and friends any way he could.

Terry’s biggest and most precious love in life were his family. His heart was the biggest thing about him and everyone that he visited with knew how proud he was of every single one in his family.

Terry, passed away Monday, December 14, 2020 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 73.

Terry was proceeded in death by his parents, Maurice and Crystal Simantel; sister Marylin (Simantel) Ireland; in-laws Leonard and Elsa Hamberger; brothers-in-law Oliver Merril, John Fuerst, Dick Ireland; granddaughter Bailey Simantel and great grandson Bryan Robertson – Bach.

Terry left behind his wife Diane (Hamburger) Simantel; sons Chad Simantel and Chris (Ann) Simantel both of Scotland; grandchildren Trey Simantel of San Diego, CA, Esther (Alan) Miller of Elkhart, IN, Amanda (Bryan) Van Otterloo of Sheldon, IA, Cailean Hall of Rapid City, SD, Ashliegh Robertson of Scotland, SD, Bryanna Robertson of Stewart, MN, Courtney Simantel of Scotland, SD, Ashton Simantel of Mitchell, SD, Caden Simantel of Scotland, SD, and Blaine Simantel of Scotland, SD; great grandchildren Jonathon Miller, Tyler Hall, Jax and Ivy Simantel and Kaecyn Simantel.

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12/20/2020 Joel & Karen Drebert Sioux Falls, SD
A beautiful man gone too soon. We met Terry and Dianne a few years back while camping. The kind of people that you are blessed to have crossed paths with. We became instant friends. We will never forget you Terry. Love you. God bless you and we will check in on Dianne once in a while. Rest In Peace.
12/20/2020 Oliver and Teresa Merrill Sacramento, California
I love my family — all of you! I don’t find enough opportunities to express this appropriately; yet I hope you know that I do. Being so far away, we are not “stuck” together due to proximity; we can’t help each other through the day-to-day trials we all go through. I love you because of your character: who you are, how you live your lives, how you are there for each other, and who you have been to me on those all-too-rare occasions we are able to find our way to each other. I am extremely fortunate, and eternally grateful to you, because the members of this family have always excelled at selflessness. I have benefitted from an abundance of role models, constantly demonstrating sacrifice — putting others before themselves.

Diane, Terry, Linda, my mother and father . . . In particular, you embody kindness, strength through adversity, generosity, and inspire me to be the best version of myself that I continue to strive to be.

I think of my wedding, and how financially tough it was for all of you back then. I invited everyone, but did not expect you to be able to attend. Yet, you all found a way to be there for me. During the reception, I remember expressing my surprise and gratitude to Terry, and his response was simply, “Of course we are here for you and Teresa. We wouldn’t miss this for the world!” The way he expressed those two simple sentences made me feel silly for ever doubting his (and this family’s) deep commitment to be there for each other during times of celebration, or other need. Especially, as he then stealthily slipped me some cash, telling me to make sure to do something fun and special with Teresa on our honeymoon.

So, of course he was there to console me at my father’s funeral, too. He seemed to know right when it finally hit me that my father was gone, forever. Right when it was most needed, he was there, enveloping me in the tightest, most tremendous “bear hug” I have ever experienced.

Some years later, my nephew Joshua was marrying Jamie; and my mother, Teresa, and I were catering the food. Again, Terry, Dianne, and Linda were there. But far more than that, they selflessly worked the wedding — helping set-up, serving food, and cleaning. They deserved to be enjoying the wedding; but instead, they demonstrated that selfless character I have come to always know from them. They came out mainly to help my mother and I. They took excellent care of all the other guests, ensuring that the wedding reception would go-off without a hitch; so that my niece and nephew would have an outstanding beginning in their lives, together.

Perhaps my favorite memory of Terry was when I visited in 2001. As we always did . . . we spent time together as a family: having dinner at home, going out to the bar for Chislic, experiencing my first and only Tractor Pull, etc. But, what stands out for me was when he took me out for a long drive in his bright yellow “hot rod.” I think this was the only time he and I managed to spend a significant amount of time together, just the two of us. It was definitely the first time that we talked as men (rather than as an uncle and his nephew). I got to see a different side of him that day. And, I think he saw a different side of me, too. I told him that if he ever sold that car, rather than give it to Chad or Chris, I wanted to have a chance to buy it from him. He later sold it, probably never truly understanding why I wanted that hot-rod. It wasn’t just because it was unique. It was also something that I would always associate with him, and the experience of the bond I felt with him, that day.

I love you, Terry. Thank you for the strength of character you always demonstrated to me. Even when times were tough, you minimized them, and managed to spin a joke from it. You always made me feel like you would ensure that everything and everyone would be okay. I already miss you! All who had the privilege of knowing you feel a sense of deep loss.

Teresa and I send our love and condolences, to all of you. My strongest wish is that I could give each of you one of those tremendously loving and enveloping “Terry-style” bear-hugs, right now.

12/19/2020 Barbara Ann Hubbling Renner, SD
Diane, I am so sorry to hear about Terry's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Barb (Hamberger) Hubbling
12/19/2020 Dan & Laurie Kubal ,
Very sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Terry
12/19/2020 Gene and Shirley Vavruska Tyndall, South Dakota
Rest in Peace Terry.
12/19/2020 Trey, Jax, and Ivy Simantel San Diego, Ca
There are many things I wish I could change. I wish I would have visited with Jax and Ivy so that you could meet them. I wish I would have talked to you more. I will regret not being able to make it to see you. I will always love and miss you.
12/19/2020 Mary Jarvis Goochland, Virginia
My deepest condolences to the family.
RIP Mr. Terry Simantel
12/18/2020 David & Bunny Eberhardt Olivet, SD
Dianne, Chad, Chris, and families, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers. He will be missed.
12/18/2020 Marvin and Agnes Thum Mesa, AZ
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Terry. God Bless and comfort you today and in the days ahead. May the love of family and friends ease the sorrow in your hearts.
12/18/2020 Bob Kubal Brookings , SD
Diane, Chad, Chris and Famiy,
Thoughts and prayers to you all in this difficult time. Many memories cross my thoughts of Terry. Always a Hello and a wise crack or two. He will be missed. Deepest sympathy
Bob and Vicki Kubal
12/18/2020 Diane (Eisenbraun) Gross MAYETTA, Kansas
Many years have passed since Terry and I were classmates at Scotland HS. So enjoyed visiting with him at our 50th Class Reunion. I am so sorry for your loss and wish only strength and peace for you in the coming days.
12/18/2020 Don Mach Katy, TX
My deepest sympathies to Diane and Terry's family. Terry was one of my classmates in the SHS Class of 1965. He was a nice guy and a friend. Last saw Terry at our 50 year reunion and enjoyed catching up with him. He did an awful lot for the people in the Scotland area and was well respected. Sadly he passed away too soon during these very difficult times. Rest in peace good friend.
12/17/2020 LeRoy P. Zander Hermosa, South Dakota
Our prayers to your family. Thankful I had a chance to talk with Terry @ Richard's funeral.
Enjoyed working with him @ Co-OP the summer of 1973! A very good person in my eyes.
12/16/2020 Peggy Thranum Freeman, SD
My very deepest sympathy to Dianne, Chad, Chris and families. I wouldn't know where to begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. We have been friends FOREVER! Terry's passing will leave a huge hole in our lives. Oh, the stories I could tell! But then, you'd probably tell a few on me, so guess those are best left to memories. I love you and I mourn your loss with you. Peggy Thranum
12/16/2020 Sheryl Frey Kaylor, SD
So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed seeing Terry giving Caden rides around town. Thinking of you and the family during this difficult time.

Funeral Service:
Memorial service will be at 1:30 PM, Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the Goglin Funeral Home of Scotland.

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5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Goglin Funeral Home
Scotland, South Dakota

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Rosehill Cemetery
Scotland, SD
With military honors by
Scotland VFW and American Legion Honor Squad

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