Terry Shirley

Oct. 14, 1951-March 21, 2020

Private Family Services

for Terry Shirley, 68, of

Fargo, will be held on Fri-

day, March 27, 2020 at

West Funeral Home in

West Fargo, ND. Burial

will take place on Satur-

day, March 28, in Medora

Community Cemetery,

Medora, ND.

Despite beating

leukemia and lymphoma,

Terry passed away Satur-

day, March 21, 2020 at

Sanford Health in Fargo.

Terry Wayne Shirley

was born October 14,

1951 in Fergus Falls, MN,

the son of William and

Margaret (Olson) Shirley.

He attended Fergus Falls

Public Schools, graduat-

ing high school with the

class of 1971. After gra-

duating from Wadena

Technical College in 1972,

Terry began his career as

a telephone technician

with Polar Telephone at

the ABM site in Nekoma,

ND. It was during this

time that he met Audrey

Tisor. The couple was un-

ited in marriage on May

17, 1975, at St. John Luth-

eran Church in Dickinson,


Terry and Audrey

moved to Pella, IA, in

1977, where Terry worked

for Continental Tele-

phone. Later that year, the

couple transferred to De-

vils Lake, ND. It was here

they welcomed their son,

Brian (1978) and their

daughter, Erica (1980) to

their family. After seven

years in Devils Lake, the

family moved to Willis-

ton, ND, when Terry be-

gan working with Mid-Tel

Telephone. In 1993, he

became employed with

Souris River Telephone

(SRT) and traveled

between Williston and

Minot. After 18 years of

service, Terry retired from

SRT in 2010.

Terry enjoyed taking

day trips on his

Harley-Davidson motorcy-cle and driving his

Camaro. He loved his Sa-

turday visits to the Ma-

sons of Moorhead for a

weekly “all you can eat”

pancake contest with his

son-in-law, Dennis, and

grandson Brian (Terry

usually won!). In Terry’s

opinion, breakfast at “The

Shack” in Fargo was the

best way to start the day,

and the MN Twins, MN

Vikings, and NDSU Bison

were the best teams to

cheer for. He was a fan of

National Hot Rod Associa-tion races, loved classic

cars and old tractors,

therefore also enjoyed the

Rollag Steam show. Terry

loved the family farm near

Rothsay, MN, and would

help there during sum-


Family meant every-

thing to Terry, and he

cherished time spent with

his wife, daughter,

son-in-law, and grandchil-dren. The title of Grandpa

brought him tremendous

joy. He loved family

camping trips: especially

those to the North Shore

of MN, Medora, and

South Dakota where he

would put a dollar or two

in the slot machine.

Terry is survived by:

his wife, Audrey;

daughter Erica (Dennis)

Healy of Fargo; grandchil-dren, Reese, Brian and

Easton Healy, all of Fargo;

his sister Linda (Wayne)

Brunton of WA;

brother-in-law, Lee (Gar-

net) Tisor, Dickinson, ND;

nephews and nieces, Dan

(Molly) Brunton of OR,

Melissa Brunton of WA,

Jessica (Ryan) Schneibel

of Fargo, Logan Tisor of

Fargo, and Morgan Tisor

of Mandan; uncle Barney

Edwards of MN; and

many cousins.

Terry was preceded in

death by: his son Brian

Shirley; parents William

and Margaret Shirley; and

his parents-in-law, Leo

and Harriet Tisor.

In lieu of flowers, the

family suggests memorials

in Terry’s honor be made

to the Hope Lodge of Min-

neapolis, 2500 University

Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN


West Funeral Home &

Life Tribute Center