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Terrance K. Brodin of Berwyn, Il. past away unexpectedly, yet peacefully in his home surrounded by
family and loved ones Wednesday October 26, 2022 at the age of 71.
Terry was husband of the late Colleen Mary (nee Hallman). He is the loving devoted Father of Daniel
Brodin. Son of the late Jack and Helen Brodin. Brother of the late Timothy Brodin (Kathy), the late Joey
Brodin, the late Jay Brodin, Gary Brodin and Patty Brodin-Rosario (Victor). Brother-in-law to Charlene
Coulombe and Denise Hallman. Uncle to Shaun, Ryan, Nick, Matt and Chris. Dear friend to Rich, Glen,
Cynthia, Mark, Dan, Kelly and many others.
After graduating Morton West High School, Terry spent 35 years working at UOP in McCook IL. There he
made many lifelong friendships. Based upon his unique, nonconventional personality and vast skillset he
left deep impressions and lasting memories on many people across all facets of UOP. His analytical
systematic nature combined with his knowledge and intuition make him a natural problem solver. His
hands-on get it done attitude and superior leadership skills made him a legend at UOP during his tenure
and long after his retirement. He will forever be remembered as the benevolent dictator.
Terry enjoyed history in a wide spectrum but had a predominant interest in military history. He had a
passion for military aircraft of the past especially his beloved B17. He loved fixing and tinkering with just
about everything and had an ongoing interest in aircraft models. He was filled with an absolute thirst for
knowledge and loved doing research on subjects he loved as well as research to help others. He would
love to do deep dives into new topics that would pique his interest or served a purpose and yet he still
loved to consume copious amounts of useless information that he would share with everyone. He
always had a sharp mind and was a natural born problem solver. There was simply not a problem Terry
could not wrap his head around and come up with a solution that just worked. He excelled at working
on all things mechanical and yet later in life he even become more accepting and comfortable around
Terry had a special way of looking at life and talking to people and explaining things in a way that just
made sense and at the same time made you laugh and smile. On the flip side when you could see him
smile and make him laugh it was an absolute privilege. Terry on the surface had a hard exterior shell but
for those that knew him well and were in his inner circle knew he had the biggest heart and was the
most caring person you would ever meet. He was certainly no nonsense and very direct but he was also
a great listener and so supportive. He would go out his way to be there to help those he loved and cared
about. People would often be surprised at his uncanny and controversial sense of humor but once you
got a taste you just couldn't get enough. His inner strength, perseverance, wisdom, loyalty and love
knew no bounds yet he was forever humble. Terry will without a doubt be missed, loved and honored by
all that knew him throughout his lifetime but at least he is now at peace beside his beloved Colleen.
A Memorial/Celebration of Life is being planned for Terrance K. Brodin by his family and friends. It has
become apparent the people in Terry's life over the years was vast and diverse yet the commonality is
that he gave something to each and every person he knew. He gave you laughs. He made you think. He
provided countless smiles. He shared his wisdom and advice. He was also known to give most people a
fair amount of sh*t as well. He offered us patience and understanding. He bestowed his kindness. For
those that meant the most to him he gave his time, his love and his heart... and to a select few he
devoted his entire life and gave absolutely EVERYTHING. His passing will no doubt leave a massive void
and fill us with sadness but we know he would rather it not be a sad, somber, depressing experience. Let
us come together to give something back to him! Let us come together to laugh, smile and remember
him. This invitation is extended to anyone who would like to attend. We want to have an open space for
EVERYONE to remember, to speak, to share, to laugh, to cry, to learn and to honor Terrance K Brodin.
My Father was a truly unique and extraordinary man that I will love and cherish forever and as I step
into his boots, I aim to make him proud each and every day.
DATE: Sunday, December 4th 2022
TIME: ~12:00PM - 5:00PM
PLACE: P.J KLEM'S 8000 Ogden Ave, Lyons, IL 60534
P.J. KLEM’S is at the corner of Joliet & Ogden Avenues. Banquet hall is in the back of the restaurant. It
has a separate entrance in the back.