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In Loving Memory Of Terry Allen Dease

By Robert Blanchard

Terry Allen Dease was born on September 3rd, 1942, in the quaint town of Frostproof, Florida and passed away on the evening of March 22nd 2024 less than 10 miles away from his birthplace.

As young children, he and his siblings were shuffled among various family members in various states. Times were tough and families pulled together to survive. But his resilience and fortitude would sustain him as he embarked on a journey through life that was nothing short of extraordinary.

After a brief stint in the Army, Terry found himself searching for his niche in life and that is were the adventure began.

In his 20s, Terry donned the apron as a cook, serving up mini-burgers; called “Sliders” now, at what would later be recognized as the very last standing & operating Royal Castle in Miami, FL. Although they were fun times, Terry was searching for more…..

In the late 60’s to early 70’s, Terry found he had a liking and a talent for the construction industry.

By chance, his mothers then boyfriend, Tony had a business that built the very recognizable A-frame International House of Pancakes buildings in Florida & Georgia.

Rising to the top quickly to become a supervisor, Terry oversaw the building of many of the International House of Pancakes (IHOP’s) in the region, ensuring that each establishment became more than just a place to enjoy a meal but a cherished gathering spot for families and friends.

Construction was the “niche” in life he had been searching for, but after making some great paydays, Terry was ready for a little adventure.

In the mid 1970’s, he donned his trucker hat and his CB Radio to roam the highways as a trucker, traversing the vast landscapes of the United States. His adventures behind the wheel not only took him to distant states and regions, but also gifted him with stories that varied from harrowing to laughable!

By the late 1970s, Terry dared to chase his other dreams, leaving his mark on various ventures along the way including running his own fishing tour guide business in Lake County, Florida, being an Ambulance Driver in Broward County, Florida and even opening his own framing business in construction there.

But everyone comes home eventually, as did Terry. Finding his way back to Polk County, Florida, Terry continued his passion for construction. After working as a sub-contractor for years, Terry found his home with Ridge Builders of Haines City. Owner Bobby Lynch would become one of Terry’s closest and best friends.

After retiring in 2010, Bobby & Terry would continue their friendship, talking daily throughout the rest of his life.

Terry’s greatest legacy lies in the hearts of those he leaves behind. He is survived by his daughter Christy, his beloved sisters, Jeanette and Maxine, his nieces Cindy and Katie, his nephew Robert and great nephew Ashtin, and a host of younger extended family members such as the McCraw’s and Young’s.

As we reflect on Terry’s life and legacy, let us remember not only his professional achievements but also the countless lives he touched along the way. His dedication, kindness, and unwavering spirit will continue to inspire us for years to come.

Rest in peace, Terry, knowing that your legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved you. We will miss you dearly!

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