Terry Max Alley, 80, of Peru went to be with his Heavenly Father at 8:31 pm on Friday, May 8, 2020 at his home with his daughters by his side, ending an earthly life that was full of joy, peace, love, compassion and faith.
Born June 14, 1939, in Peru, Indiana, he was the son of Robert “Bob” Alley and Dorothy Clinger Alley. On February 14, 1965, he married Judith “Judy” K. Benner at the First Christian Church in Peru, Indiana. They were happily married for 55 years.
He is survived by his wife, Judith “Judy” Alley, Peru; two daughters, Becky (Shane) Blanton, Peru; Cathy (Mark) Hardwick, Yorktown; brother, Richard “Dick” (Katherine) Alley, Fishers; five grandchildren, Josh (Brittany Parkman) Gilleland, Peru; Stephan Taylor, Fort Wayne; Brianna Taylor (Cody Noftsger), Peru; Halie and Bryce Hardwick, Yorktown; five great-grandchildren, Kaden, Karter, and Kaisleigh Gilleland, Aria Disney, and Coen Noftsger; cousins, Carole Ann (Keith) Eckensberger, Lynn (Gary) Michaels. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and one nephew.
Terry was a life-long resident of Peru, a community he served lovingly. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Peru where he served in various roles for 55 years. Terry graduated from Peru High School in 1957, attended Purdue University, then joined the Peru Police Department in 1962 until 1982. He served in various roles within the PPD and FOP until retiring in 1982. After 20 years of service as a Police Officer, he continued serving the community through new leadership roles with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kiwanis Club, and the Peru City Council. Terry was also a local business man owning a welding business with his Dad and Brother for many years, then owning the MAB paint store, but ended his career as a Real Estate Broker with Century 21. Terry was an avid Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR fan and enjoyed going to the races with his brother for many years. He spent 50 years next door to the best neighbors Bob and Rennie Keller which included chats at the fence, an open door policy, missing ingredients, house keys, and even sharing kids. He shared life with his brother Dick and two close cousins Carol Ann and Lynn who were sisters to him and were called “Aunt” by his girls. Their families spent many holidays together and “Taco Night” on Fridays was always a special occasion.
In his younger years, Terry loved going on “hunting and fishing” trips with his sidekick JJ. Terry loved the lake and enjoyed many weekends throughout his life frequenting Beaver Dam. Terry loved spending time with his family, watching Colts football, and college basketball. He always bought the newest gadget from the many magazine subscriptions and he didn’t throw anything away. If anyone needed anything he had it and knew exactly where to find it in his garage. He always carried a pocket knife just in case. Terry was an incredible cook and made the best chicken and noodles in his special “noodle pan.” Terry always stressed the importance of civic duty and never missed an opportunity to vote. He had a deep love for the Circus and collected various memorabilia over the years.
Terry was well known for his unconditional generosity and servant heart. Terry was a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ and lived a life marked by his love for God, love for others, integrity in conduct, and excellence in effort. He loved his family deeply and his gentle spirit spoke volumes about what he believed. He always emphasized the importance of faith in Jesus, family, and hard work. To his daughters, he was a hardworking, patient, and loving father. Too many, he was a friend and lifeline.
There will be a viewing on Thursday, May 14, 2020, from 5:00-7:00 PM, at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St, Peru followed by a private funeral service with Pastor Robert Adelsperger officiating. A Memorial Service celebrating the Life of Terry Alley will be held at the First Baptist Church at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made through the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral to Miami County Helping Hands.
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