|3/18/2020 4:09:00 PM|
Terry Makovsky, 68, of Windom died March 12, 2020, at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington after a 12-year battle with cancer.
A Celebration of Life service was scheduled for Friday at American Lutheran Church in Windom. However, in light of the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, the family issued this statement: "Given that many of our family and friends who would be in attendance at the planned events are in what the CDC considers to be high-risk populations, we feel that it is necessary to postpone Terry's services.
"For those that know Terry well, he was always concerned with making sure everyone was invited and included in major events. Ryan and I (Kyle) feel he would have wanted people to stay safe. This decision was not made lightly and hope that it does not inconvenience anyone. Thank you for your understanding."
A memorial service will be held at a later date, as well as burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Terry Leo Makovsky was born July 4, 1951, to Leo and Lucille (Shaw) Makovsky in Tracy. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy.
Terry received his education in Tracy Public Schools, graduating in 1969. He completed his post-secondary education at Jackson Vocational School and Heavy Equipment School in Staples.
In 1971, Terry was drafted into the U.S. Army and completed basic training at Fort Campbell, Ky. Shortly thereafter, he volunteered for Special Forces Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., where he earned his wings.
He was then stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served with the 618th Engineering Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division until he was honorably discharged in 1973.
In 1985, Terry joined the Minnesota National Guard and was stationed at Litchfield while serving with the 682nd Engineering Battalion. He served 17 years until retiring in 2001.
In 1978, Terry married Leslie Sandy. They were blessed with two sons, Ryan and Kyle.
In 1984, Terry began a 27-year career with MnDOT's highway maintenance crew. He also farmed in the Windom area for 32 years.
Terry had a special place in his heart for farming, Minnesota sports teams and his children.
Survivors include his sons, Ryan (Lilex) Makovsky of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Kyle (Jessica Lewis) Makovsky of Syracuse, N.Y.; a grandson; a sister, Diane Nelson of Tracy; and furry friend, Griz.