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Terry Allen Messner
  • July 23, 1934
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  • March 31, 2018

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Terry Allen Messner, 83, Passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018.  Terry lived in  Port Orange for 22 years.  He was born in Cleveland, Ohio but raised in Grosse Point Michigan. Terry was a Navy veteran and served onboard the USS Dogfish SS-350 as a communications specialist. He was a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts. This is where he met and married his wife Donna Dale Nolf.  They were married for 41 years until she passed away in 2004. Following college, he worked in Radio & Television for several years as an announcer and talk show host until he entered the business world as a National Sales Promotion Manager for Outboard Marine Corporation.  This was followed by many years as a General Manager, District Manager, and Regional Manager for various Cable TV Corporations until he retired in 1996.  Terry retired from Booth Broadcasting Company and was very instrumental in expanding cable television throughout the greater Daytona Beach area.  In his retirement he enjoyed going to the movies, the beach, golfing, gardening and writing and composing songs.  He considered himself an inventor, author, composer, lecturer, and entrepreneur.  Terry always had a sense of humor and had the ability to make people laugh and was quite the comedian. Everyone who knew him thought he was an unforgettable character. He is survived by his daughter Wendy Messner, son Robert Messner, granddaughter Jessica Gonzalez-Rio, grandson Michael Gonzalez-Rio, great granddaughter Isabella Rodriguez, and brothers Lynn Messner and Bill Messner. A memorial service for Terry Allen Messner will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Port Orange United Church of Christ in Port Orange.


Port Orange United Church of Christ
651 Taylor Road, Port Orange, FL 32127
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April 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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  1. Pat &Dein Nolf lit a candle:
    05 Apr 2018
    Lit since April 5, 2018 at 4:34:41 PM

  2. Lisa Taylor says:
    04 Apr 2018
    Terry Messner was a great man, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, neighbor and friend.
    May he rest in Heavenly Peace and play music with the orchestra in the sky for all to enjoy and tell jokes for all to enjoy!
    May his family and friends find comfort in the many memories that we all shared with Terry!

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  7. Michael Rio says:
    04 Apr 2018
    I love you grandpa and I’m going to miss you so much. Thanks for being the best grandfather and friend anyone could ask for. I’m happy we made so many memories to look back on. Rest easy

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    04 Apr 2018
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