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Terry Lee Newcomer

July 6, 1956 — April 27, 2024

Columbia City

In loving memory of Terry Lee Newcomer, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Terry passed away peacefully at his home in Columbia City, Indiana on April 27, 2024, surrounded by the warmth and love of his wife. Born July 6, 1956 in Goshen, he was the son of Edward E. Sr. and Geneva J. (Lindzy) Newcomer.

Terry was a man of many talents and passions. From his early days growing up in Syracuse to later serving in the U.S. Army, he exemplified dedication and hard work in all aspects of his life. Known for his joking personality and laid-back nature, Terry was a jack of all trades who could fix anything that came his way. His skillful hands and creative mind were evident in the car and airplane models he loved to build, showcasing his meticulous attention to detail.

Following attending Syracuse High School, he served in the Army from 1974-1978 where he earned his GED. On August 31, 1988, Terry married Leah Priser in Syracuse and in 1998, they built their home and moved to Columbia City.  One of Terry's greatest joys in life was traveling with his wife, sister, and brother-in-law. He cherished the memories made on road trips, including a special visit to Rosie's Diner in Michigan which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and ended up becoming a 4-day long weekend to visit the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, and then going on into Canada. Terry's last request was to see his sister Pat and brother-in-law Chuck's home and golf course reflects the strong bonds he held with his family members. His grandsons held a special place in Terry's heart, as he adored spending time with them and spoiling them rotten whenever possible. His love for family transcended through generations, leaving a legacy of love and devotion that will be treasured forever.

Over the years, Terry had helped many out through his times working at Northern Heights Elementary School, Columbia City High School, Miller's Merry Manor, and at Grace Village in Warsaw. He had been working for USSI in Columbia City before becoming ill and had to retire in the spring of 2023. Terry will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May we find solace in the memories we shared with him and carry forward the values of love, humor, and hard work that he instilled in us. Terry is survived by his loving wife, Leah Newcomer; daughters, Amanda Newcomer and Brandie Swick; grandsons, Gabe and Wyatt; brother, Don Newcomer; sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Chuck Summerlot; sister Laura Coquillard; sister-in-law, Pamela Newcomer; and numerous nieces and nephews who love their Uncle T. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward Newcomer, Jr., Kenneth "Dick" Newcomer, Floyd "Butch" Newcomer; and sisters, Betty Cook and Connie Newcomer.

Visitation will be 1-5 pm Sunday, May 5, 2024 at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Services to honor and celebrate Terry's life will begin 10 am Monday at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest at Greenhill Cemetery where military honors will be rendered by the Whitley County Korean War Veteran’s Honor Guard. In lieu of flower, memorial donations may be made in Terry's memory to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. Visit to send Terry's family online condolences or sign the online guest book.
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