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Terry Raffensperger

Terry Thomas Raffensperger, 63, St. Joseph, Missouri, formerly of West Des Moines, Iowa, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017, at his home.
He was born February 2, 1954, in Marion, Ohio, son of Gene L. and Mary E. (Gruber) Raffensperger. He is a 1972 graduate of West Des Moines Valley. Terry served in the U.S. Army from 1975-78. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1980. He married Maureen Cloonan on October 17, 1981. They were later divorced.
He was a reporter for the Mexico, Missouri, Ledger and then the St. Joseph News Press, rising to business editor. He then became an over-the-road truck driver for a number of years.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Raffensperger, Boston, Massachusetts, and Erin (Bill) Emory, Ypsilanti, Michigan; his parents, Cedar Falls, Iowa; and two sisters, Nancy Newhoff (Doug), Cedar Falls, Iowa, Mary Kellen (Jeff) of Kuwait City, Kuwait; and several nieces and nephews.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Friday, December 1, Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home, Urbandale, Iowa. Interment Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter, Iowa. Visitation one hour prior to services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the family. Online guest book and obituary at

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Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Cremetory

5005 Frederick Blvd.
St. Joseph, MO


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