In Memory

Terry Dejonckheere - Class Of 1962

Terry Dejonckheere

Terrall M. DeJonckheere
1944 - 2009


We lost our Falcon on Monday, January 26, 2009 at the age of sixty-four in Ann Arbor, MI. Terry died at University of Michigan Hospital with his wife of 38 years, two children, and brother Tom by his side. Terry was born November 8, 1944 in Riverside, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents Eric and Helyn de Jonckheere. He is survived by his wife Peggy of Ann Arbor, son Ryan and daughter Erin both of Arlington, VA, a sister Diane, brothers Tom and Richard, and several nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Johnson High school, Terry was accepted to West Point and went on to graduate from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, in 1966 and was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of Captain and served in the Vietnam War.

Terry obtained graduate degrees from California Institute of Technology and George Washington University before resigning his commission in 1972 to take a job with Ford Motor Company. He spent 30 years with Ford starting as an engineer, raising to and retiring as a Divisional Vice President in 2002.

He enjoyed his retirement with summers in Michigan and winters at their home in Florida; playing golf and being with his friends and family.

A memorial gathering was held on Sunday, February 1 at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor. A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, February 2, at St. Francis of Assisi Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Terry's name.

The Johnson High alumni will miss Terry very much.

Note from one of Terry's friends, Chuck Davis:

One major difference between our younger and senior years, at least for me, is knowing when you are having a special moment in your life, while it is happening. Often it is with your spouse, or your children, or you grand children. It also happens with special friends. I can recall those special moments I had with Terry and Peg.


  • Golf - at West Bay, Shadow Wood, Bonita Bay
  • Thursdays at Coyote Preserve in the summer.
  • Dinning out - with the girls
  • Wine making - mostly our failed attempts
  • Talking shop - what has gone wrong with the industry since we retired.
  • Test driving - our new Mustang convertable


But, the thing I will remember most is the character and make-up of the Man.

  • always positive
  • never a disparaging remark about anyone
  • proud of his family
  • a leader, successful in his career
  • a coach
  • a real gentleman and true friend

We will miss him but we won't forget him.