Allen Terveen

Allen Terveen


May 2, 1923 - May 3, 2022


Allen Terveen, 99, of Emery, SD, died Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at his home under hospice care in Emery. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, May 13, at First Baptist Church in Emery. Burial will be at Emery Community Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, May 12, from 6-8:00 PM at the church. Arrangements by Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Allen Wilbur Terveen was born on May 2, 1923, on the family farm in McCook County, SD, to Albert and Grace (Roskens) Terveen. He was born in the granary on the farm because his dad was in the process of building their family home at the time of his birth. He attended country school until eighth grade, and graduated from Emery High School, where he sang in the school choir and a quartet. He also played basketball and softball, which were his favorite sports. He played softball in school and on church leagues for many years.

After graduation, Allen lived and farmed with his parents until he met the love of his life, Opal Adkins. They were married at Allen’s family farm on June 17, 1945, near Emery, SD. They resided one mile west of this family farm and raised 4 children: Lawrence “Larry”, David, Daryl, and Lorna.

Allen was a “born” farmer, from the young age of 11 working a team of horses on a drag, to the later years where he enjoyed a ride out to the country to check fields and see how the farm work was going. You hardly ever saw Allen without a cap of some sort on his head. When he was 5 years old, his dad was driving about 35 mph, when Allen happened to pull the door handle of the car, causing him to fall out and roll into the ditch. When his dad got stopped, Allen was looking for his cap and more concerned about where his cap went than his broken arm. 

Allen and Opal worked side by side on the farm for 62 years raising cows, pigs, sheep, mink, chickens and field crops of oats, wheat, barley, flax, corn, soybeans and cane.  They retired and moved into Emery in 2006. This place has now been passed on to a grandson who is continuing their farming legacy. Many happy memories with family and friends were made on the farm.

Allen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Emery where he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at the age of 12 years old. He remained a member there until his death. He served his Lord willingly by singing in the church choir and as a trustee. One of his greatest joys was watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow up in the Lord. He was a faithful attendee of most of their activities. Other joys were playing a good card game, especially ROOK, throwing horseshoes, and having family gatherings in his home where his sense of humor would come through.

Allen and Opal were able to celebrate 75 years of marriage on June 17, 2020, together in their home.

Allen passed away to his heavenly home on May 3, 2022, at the age of 99 years. He was surrounded by his family in his home.

Blessed beyond measure for having shared his life are his children: David (Lynn) Terveen, Daryl (Deanna) Terveen all of Emery, SD, and Lorna (Dennis) Decker of Parkston, SD; daughter-in-law, Karen (Steve) Klooster of Sioux Falls, SD; ten grandchildren: Brady (Beth) Terveen, Lee (Cali) Terveen, Todd (Heather) Terveen, Jeff Terveen, Katie (fiancé Brandon) Terveen, Kelsey (Daniel) Leyendekker, Josh (Cari) Terveen, Ryan (Kristi) Decker, Chad (Lauren) Decker, and Alex (Suzi) Decker; three step-grandchildren: Jill (Kendall) Johnke, John (Onna) Klooster, and Julie Beaner; twenty-five great-grandchildren: Morgan, Rylee, Brooklyn, Bryn, Bradyn, Brielle, Hazel, Knox, Jett, Lydia, Meredith, Daphne, Genevieve, Britta, Emma, Eloise, Bennett, Cate, Lucy, Rose, Elly, Isaac, Jace, Emmalyn, and Weston; eleven step-great grandchildren: Gage, Caleb, Marissa, Tyler, Lyric, Noa, Hadley, Rylan, Harper, Bridger, and Aspen; one great-great grandson, Caelyn; as well as many nieces, nephews, and precious family friends.

Allen was preceded in death by his wife, Opal, in Nov. 2020; son, Larry, in 1985; parents and in-laws; brothers, Marvin and Vernon (as toddlers), Harvey, and Lowell; brothers-in-law, Lawrence, Robert, and Harold Adkins; and sisters-in-law, Louise and Averyl Terveen, Donna and Janet Adkins.



Thursday, May 12, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First Baptist Church
630 1st Ave
Emery, SD 57332


Friday, May 13, 2022
10:30 AM
First Baptist Church
630 1st Ave
Emery, SD 57332


Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, SD

Posted by Kelli Hall on May 9, 2022
We have heavy hearts with the passing of Great Uncle Allen, our family's patriarch. He was the sweetest man. Now, he is reunited with his love, Opal. A few years back, I remember asking Allen what his secret to a happy marriage was. He said "5 smooches a day! But, sometimes I forget." Then he leaned over and planted one on Opal. Absolutely adorable couple! I'm so thankful to have known Great Uncle Allen. His legacy carries on.xo
Posted by Dr Janell Christiansen on May 8, 2022
You are in my thoughts and prayers in the loss of Allen. God has given him so many years of life for you to cherish and enjoy. In Sympathy, Janell
Posted by Milton & Lovella Schrader on May 7, 2022
Allen's lifespan was long and so enjoyed by his family. Lovella and I extend our sympathy to his family and loved ones. We are keeping you all in our prayers
Posted by Dawn Kinney on May 3, 2022
I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of Allen. What a legacy he must have made for his family and friends to be blessed to be here on this earth for so many years. May each new day bring you a ray of sunshine, a beautiful memory and peace to your heart. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
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