Rockford, IL, Terry M. Firch, age 79, passed away on April 9, 2021 in Ascension Living Saint Anne Place, Rockford, IL. Terry was born on July 28, 1941 in Geneseo, IL the son of Earle & Ceola (Wolf) Firch. He graduated from Geneseo High School class of 1959. Terry served in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1963. Terry married Katherine Radue on March 25, 1967 in Nashua, IA.
Terry was the owner of Torch Oil Company until 1995. He then started on a new love and adventure. He created and founded Action Auctioneering Company. He beyond loved auctioneering and when his health no longer allowed, he retired in 2015. The Colonel enjoyed auction day and truly loved all his auction customers. He was a member of the Tebala Shrine, Rockford, IL, Freeport Masonic Temple, and the Stewart Lodge #92 Geneseo, IL.
Terry loved picking up his grandkids up off the bus and spending time with all his grandchildren. His hobbies included, cheering for the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. He was an expert fisherman and truly enjoyed sharing more stories than actually catching fish. One of his proudest moments was seeing all three children graduating from Iowa State University.
Terry is survived by his wife: Katherine Firch, Rockford, IL; sons: Gregory (Laura) Firch, Allen, TX and Robb Firch, Winnebago, IL; daughter: Susie (Kevin) Baxter, Flower Mound, TX, Special Niece Stacy Claeys, Iowa City; 7 grandchildren: Christopher Firch, Alexander Firch, Benjamin Baxter, Nicholas Baxter, Caroline Baxter, Katherine Firch, and Carlson Firch; Brother Lonnie Firch; sister: Lola (Ed) Sutton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Terry is preceded in death by his parents, sister: Mary Ann Fisher.
A Masonic Service will be held by Stewart Lodge #92 from Geneseo, IL on June 25th, 2021. Come join Terry for his last party! One party he will hate to miss but will be joining us in SPIRIT! Friday June 25, 2021 from 1:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. in the University Club of Rockford, 945 N. Main St, Rockford, IL. Special Thanks Ascension Living Saint Anne Place and their staff for loving Terry. We are extremely grateful for the care that Terry received from Rush Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program.
Cremation rites have been accorded with Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials may be to www.michaeljfox.org and/or www.parkinson.org.