Terry Lee Kephart


Age 79, of Grand Blanc, passed away on January 27, 2024. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Terry’s Tribute Wall at detroitcremationsociety.com.

Terry Lee Kephart was born on March 23, 1944, in Flint, Michigan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin and Elsie (Pauley) Kephart. Terry served in the United States Army out of school. Upon returning from the service, he became a butcher at Thompson and Mr. B’s meat markets. Following his years in the meat market he joined General Motors, where he retired with 28 years of service. He had a side job in the shop selling coffee to pay for his motorcycle hobby.  Terry met his future wife Linda in 1967. He later married her in 1970 and had two children, Katie and Jonathan.

Terry coached his kids in several athletics, but he loved officiating swim meets so he could be a sideline supporter for all swimmers. When he wasn’t driving his family to sports events he was on his motorcycle leading fellow riders around MI. Terry enjoyed his early morning trips for coffee and a donut. He enjoyed taking naps under the sunday paper and would always be up for seeing the grandkids, rolling around with the babies. Friday nights to Terry meant going out to eat which he never forgot, even after suffering strokes which slowed him down in 2010.

Surviving Terry is his beloved wife and caregiver; Linda Kephart, daughter Katie (Peter) Johnson, son Jonathan (Jamie) Kephart and 6 grandchildren; Sara, Erik, Karalynn, Stellan, Atticus, and Hawthorne. He is survived by his brother Larry and sister Pat.

Terry is preceded in death by his mother Elsie and father Franklin.

An interment ceremony will take place on April 19, 2024 at 1:30pm at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI with a celebration of life following from 3-7pm in the clubhouse at the Grand Reserve of Grand Blanc.  In lieu of flowers, you are welcomed to make a donation to Eastern Michigan Food Bank in Terry’s honor.

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9 Condolences

  1. William Koryciak on February 5, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    To (Aunt) Patty and the entire Kephart Family Good Bless.



  2. Janis Akers on February 5, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    Deepest sympathy to the family 💔



  3. Danny Thomas on February 5, 2024 at 6:00 pm

    I met Terry when I hired in at Thompson’s Market back in 1971. I was just a nervous 16 year old kid at my first job and Terry quickly became someone to look up to and appreciate. He taught me that it was OK to work hard and have fun at the same time. He set a great example by treating others with respect and I never saw him lose his temper. Terry was just a fun and caring man that was an early mentor for that 16 year old kid. I’ll never forget you, Terry. Rest In Peace.



  4. Dan Argue on February 5, 2024 at 7:08 pm

    We send our most sincere condolences to the Kephart family. Larry &Terry ran around with my older brothers back in the early 60’s. It was always great to run into one of them over the years “Great People”. May he RIH.❤️



  5. Bill & Kathy Czykyski❤️❤️❤️❤️ on February 5, 2024 at 9:50 pm

    We both agree, when Bill &I look down our street, we always think of Terry & Linda and you kids. Terry & Linda were great neighbors & we missed them so much when they moved. Linda, we know how hard you worked at being a great caregiver. Our hearts go out to everyone in the family. You have great memories. Love & Hugs



  6. Tim & Chris Hernandez on February 5, 2024 at 10:40 pm

    We have so many wonderful memories of times spent together with Terry, Linda, Katie, and Jon. Vacation trips, times at Higgins Lake, parties together, 4th of July at their pool, graduation open houses, weddings, baby showers, and years and years of laughs. Terry will always be remembered with a smile on his face, a great laugh, and a willingness to repair anything with a roll of duct tape. He was one of a kind!



  7. Caren Arion on February 6, 2024 at 12:59 pm

    Terry was certainly at every one of my swim meets and I fondly remember his words of encouragement and support. He was one of a kind and will be truly missed.



  8. Douglas Bortner on February 7, 2024 at 12:19 pm

    It was wonderful growing up as next door neighbors to The Kepharts. I’ll always remember the small blip of time we were not only neighbors, but family. I’ll forever cherish these childhood memories and send prayers and love to Terry’s family.



  9. Carol Dasen Morgan on February 11, 2024 at 11:19 am

    I have been feeling a special loss since I saw this. I met Terry when he worked at the Midway theater in Davison. I was 14. We became friends. He was the first boy I dated and holds a special place in my heart. We had some great times with Larry and Pat. Cousins Walt and Jim and the Argues. Sending love to all!



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