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Terrence "Terry" E. Polsfuss
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A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Becker for Terrence “Terry” E. Polsfuss, 73, of Clear Lake who died on Saturday August 25 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Pastor Dave Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Becker, with services at the church in Becker on Friday.

Terrence Ellsworth Polsfuss was born on March 14, 1945 in St. Paul to Ellsworth and Virginia (Kraus) Polsfuss. He married the love of his life, Janice Thompson, on June 19, 1971 in Colman, SD. The couple made their home in Clear Lake on the Briggs Lake Chain. Terry owned and operated his own real estate firm; initially working in commercial and moving to residential real estate in 1980, retiring in 2010. Terry was extremely committed to the environment. He loved hunting pheasant, deer and moose; describing the woods, water and fields as his church. He also enjoyed canoeing in the Boundary Waters, fishing, and snowmobiling with friends. Terry sat on the board of the Minnesota Lakes Association and several other boards where he focused his efforts in water quality and the environment. He was active in the DNR, the Sherburne County and Elk River Water Plans, and he reported precipitation to the local water conservation district.

Terry loved to laugh and spend time with family and friends. He was not only entertaining, but loved to entertain. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others, whether it was in hunting, repairs or teaching everyone (so he thought) on the lake how to water ski. The man could fix just about anything. He thoroughly enjoyed it when family, friends and neighbors reached out or stopped by to visit, especially in the past few weeks. A special thanks to those who stopped in regularly to provide support and assistance.

Survivors include his wife, Jan of Clear Lake; sister, Judith Boehm of St. Paul and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Richard Boehm.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you help Terry leave a legacy for the environment in the form of a memorial to Terry’s Trees; a tree fund with the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District that has been established in Terry’s memory. Donations will be used to purchase trees for planting on public land or land that is in a permanent conservation easement. Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District: 14855 Highway 10 Elk River, MN 55330

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes-Becker

14264 Bank Street
Becker, MN 55308

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2:00 PM
Grace Lutheran Church

11185 27th Ave. SE
Becker, MN 55308


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