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Obituary for Terry Ledbetter

Terry Jones Ledbetter, age 81, of Jefferson City, Mo. passed away Monday, December 18, 2023 at his home.

He was born on August 19. 1942 in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Isaac Jerold and Loda Lindell (Spears) Ledbetter.

Terry was a 1961 graduate of Raytown High School and later joined the United States Air Force, from which he was honorably discharged in 1969. Upon returning to civilian life, Terry continued his education with the University of Missouri at Rolla, earning his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree in 1973.

With the mind of a genius, Terry was an eccentric and very intelligent man with an affinity for numbers and a skill for solving mathematical problems. He worked as an Electronics Engineer for Magnavox Government and Industrial Electronics Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 14 years. He spent some time in Florida before moving back to Missouri where he accepted a position working with Pfizer Pharmaceutical in Kansas City, Mo. until his retirement. He moved to Jefferson City in 2013 to enjoy his retirement with his nephew, Shannon Heaviland.

Terry was also passionate about his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America.

He spent a lot of his free time watching Perry Mason and Jeopardy among other game shows while enjoying is favorite snacks. He enjoyed polka music and thoroughly enjoyed attending concerts starring his favorite artist, Mollie B. He held fond memories of meeting her when she and her band made a trip to Jefferson City for a performance. Terry was not a talkative man; however, this trait made him a great listener. He was a loving man and always felt blessed to have had the opportunity to care for his mother at the end of her life. Terry loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them, however he was most comfortable in his own space and found great peace at home.

Survivors include: his siblings, Jerry Paul Ledbetter of Elburn, Ill., and Pamela Ledbetter-Penn (Perry) of Branson, Mo.; nephews, Shannon, Christopher, Zach, and Jim Heaviland; and nieces, Maddison Heaviland-Hilliard and Mary Beth Ledbetter-Super.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Angela Ledbetter Randolph; and his beloved dog, Scooter.

Terry’s family will be holding a celebration of life service privately.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.