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Terry Norwood
  • Passed away on January 30, 2023

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Terry Wayne Norwood, 65, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2023, in the loving care of his family at his home in Ocala, FL.

Terry was born in Kansas City, MO, on June 11, 1957, to George and Jaunita (Melrose) Norwood. He graduated in 1975 from Lee’s Summit High School in Lee’s Summit, MO. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Safety and Hygiene from University of Central Missouri and his MBA from Lake Erie College in Ohio. He also obtained his Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation.

Terry married Robin Maymon on April 18, 1981, in Indianapolis, IN, and they had three children: Travis, Trent and Cara. The family moved across the country several times as Terry’s career advanced, making new friends and memories along the way. While busy raising their family, Terry and Robin maintained a strong commitment to their church, the Community of Christ, taking on various leadership roles at each location. They directed and taught at many youth camps in several states where they lived. Terry held the office of High Priest and was the officiant at many funerals and weddings.

Terry’s career in risk management encompassed working with both public and private enterprises. His experience in risk and insurance pool management took him to North Carolina, California and the Midwest. He participated on the boards of both CaJPA and AGRIP. Terry was the President and CEO of Midwest Public Risk in Independence, MO, for 16 years before moving to Florida in 2022 to become the Director of Risk and Benefits for Marion County Public Schools. He had recently left that position for health reasons.

Terry was a lifelong Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs fan and the night before he died, his Chiefs clinched a trip to the Super Bowl. While usually possessing a calm demeanor, Terry was a fierce competitor on his high school and university tennis teams. He enjoyed the game throughout his life, and maintained that competitive spirit in later years, even when his opponent was one of his own children.

He thoroughly enjoyed visiting with friends, reminiscing and telling stories that were generously sprinkled with humor and wisdom. His ability to draw his audience into his stories is also what made him a sought-after speaker from the pulpit. Terry spent quiet time reading and his favorite author was Henri Nouwen. Terry was also an avid collector of matchbook covers, amassing a collection of over 85,000 unique covers.

Terry and his family enjoyed traveling, whether it was within the United States, a trans-continental cruise, or one of several trips to Japan to visit their sons’ families. Of all the places he traveled, Terry most loved being surrounded by the majestic redwoods of the Redwood National Park, Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park in California.

Terry was predeceased by his parents George and Jaunita Norwood, sister Kristy, who died in early childhood in 1952, and father-in-law Irvin “Jake” Maymon.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Robin Norwood of Ocala, FL; son Travis (Miyuki) Norwood of Kitaibaraki, Japan and their children Emma and Trey; son Trent (Yukiko) Norwood of Toda, Japan, and their children Claire and George; and daughter Cara Norwood of Florida. He is also survived by his older brother Scott (Allison) Norwood of Warrensburg, MO; mother-in-law Rosaline Maymon, brother-in-law Scott (Tracy) Maymon, sister-in-law Amy (Kevin) Sobiski, all of Indiana and four nieces and three nephews. Terry will also be greatly missed by his many friends and work colleagues across the country.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. For anyone considering a donation in Terry’s name, the family suggests the American Heart Association or the American Stroke Foundation.

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  1. Amy (McCarthy) Owen says:
    09 Mar 2023
    I was always happy when the Norwoods we're in Michigan for a church event. Terry and Robin raised a wonderful family. My last and best memory of Terry was at a church reunion where he administered to me before I ventured on to college. I will never forget the words he prayed. God has guided me with them more than once.
    Terry was a great sorry teller and I appreciated his humor, honesty and humility in his life and stories. One of his stories in particular has stuck with me through the years.
    He is deeply missed but I smile to think of him and my mom worshipping Jesus in heaven with great joy.

  2. Debbie Henderson Hendrickson says:
    22 Feb 2023
    I have known Terry since Jr high. He was a great guy and a very funny one. A great friend who never turned away a friend.

  3. Joni Buesing Brand says:
    13 Feb 2023
    Dear Robin and Family, Terry was a dear friend. Terry was ALWAYS there when I needed him. He was there without a request. At the time I lost my last brother, he was there. We visited your family in southern California when we were also living there. I remember that special time. I am stunned he has gone to dance with the angels. My life has been touched by his since we were 12 years old--so many good times. May you find comfort in your memories, I know he is leaving behind a huge hole in your hearts. Grieving isn't easy, be kind with each other. Much love,
    Joni (Buesing) Brand
    L.S. Missouri Highway Patrol family

  4. Bonni Arias says:
    12 Feb 2023
    Super Bowl LVII Champs: Kansas City Chiefs! Just for you, Terry!!!

  5. Bonni Arias says:
    11 Feb 2023
    I'll always remember the Chief's games we
    all watched, Sundays after church and X-Files. Also, having the same teachers in Warrensburg even though we didn't meet until you and your family moved to California. I will miss you!!

  6. Cheryl kornis says:
    08 Feb 2023
    Prayers for his family

  7. Tami Love says:
    07 Feb 2023
    Terry made a huge impact in my career and life. We all have lost an amazing man.
    He will be greatly missed.

  8. Tami Love says:
    07 Feb 2023
    I was fortunate to get to work with Terry which he made a huge impact in my life and my career. We all have lost an amazing man. He will be greatly missed.

  9. Bridgette says:
    07 Feb 2023
    Terry made such an impact in my career which carried on in my personal life. I was fortunate to know and work with him for many years. He will be missed.

  10. Janice says:
    06 Feb 2023
    Terry was one of the best bosses I ever had. Such a beautiful person. He will be missed by so many people he worked with and knew. I am so blessed to have known him and worked with him.

  11. Jody Porter says:
    06 Feb 2023
    What a good man & what a remarkable couple he made with Robin! He will long be remembered & respected because that’s what he has earned as a beloved man of God.

  12. Rojelyn Farlin says:
    06 Feb 2023
    Thank you for all the passed down wisdom.

  13. Kevin Parr says:
    06 Feb 2023
    What a great mentor and friend to have in Terry. Such great memories to have with Terry, listening to my stories with as much joy and interest as in him telling his own. Terry shared a robust life, and I’m grateful to get to know some of his wonderful family, as well. I’ll mourn Terry for a time, and miss him forever.

  14. Rick and Cher Youngs says:
    06 Feb 2023
    Oh Terry…. not enough words to ever convey how much you meant to us. We love you dearly and will miss you so much!!!! You left a permanent imprint upon our family!! We know you are already sharing your many stories with the Angels above

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