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Terence “Terry” Knier

Jun 21, 1957 - Jan 07, 2024


Terence “Terry” D. Knier, age 66, of Sheboygan passed away Sunday January 7, 2024. Terry was born June 21, 1957, in Sheboygan, to the late Harold and Carol (Godeman) Knier.

Terry was a 1975 graduate of Sheboygan South High School. On January 24, 1981, he was united in marriage to the former Judith Behrens in Sheboygan. Terry retired as a Lieutenant with the Sheboygan Fire Department after 23 years of service.

Terry was an active member and volunteer of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, sportsman, coach, and loved sharing his passions with those he loved. He formed many strong bonds with those who shared his love for the outdoors. Terry was passionate about cross country skiing and was one of the founders of the Northern Kettle Moraine Nordic Ski Team. He loved coaching the STORM Team which is celebrating 20 years. Terry developed a love for world travel and the experiences he and Judi shared. Terry was a member of the Elks National Foundation, Sheboygan Yacht Club, Moose Fraternity, Sheboygan Recreation Department Coach/Instructor, and authored a safety article for several years in the Sheboygan Press.

Survivors include his loving wife Judith, daughter Kayla (John) Schmitz of Sheboygan Falls and their children, Addilyn, Deklen and Blate, son Kevin (Elizabeth) Knier of Elm Grove and their children Quentin, Kendrick and Cameron, and a brother James (Traci) Knier of Madison. Many other relatives and friends further survive him.

Family and friends may come to pay respects at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan on Tuesday January 16, 2024, from 4-7 p.m. Visitation will continue at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1121 Georgia Ave. on Wednesday January 17, 2024, from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Pastor Patrick Niles will officiate. A private family burial will take place at Sunrise Memorial Garden.

Terry’s heart-felt advice, genuine kindness, and fun-loving personality will be missed by us all.


Date: Tuesday Jan 16, 2024
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]


Date: Wednesday Jan 17, 2024
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church [map]

Funeral Service

Date: Wednesday Jan 17, 2024
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

William Graef

Judi and Family, My sincere condolences to you and your family.. Terry was such a great friend for the many years I've known you and him. I'm Thankful I was able to have lunch with him on my last visit to Sheboygan. He will be sadly missed but the memories of riding in the car with him on the way to a motorcycle race and being taught a slingshot pass will never be forgotten.. God Bless! Friends always,

Gordon Yritz

Judy and Family, Heartfelt sympathy to all of you.. Many fond memories of Terry. Gordy and Anne Tritz

Mike and Mary Bauer

Judi and Family, We were so sorry to hear about Terry! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you find peace in the days ahead and cherish your great memories! Mike and Mary Bauer

Todd Gollhardt

Judy, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Terry was a good man.

Kim & Mark Bartolotta

Judi, Kayla, Kevin and the entire Knier family, we send our love, thoughts and prayers to you during this time. Terry was a great person that influenced so many people and our memories of him continue to be in our hearts and make us smile and laugh reminiscing so often. I know that you both had such an influence on me during my early days in Sheboygan and that continued as we remained friends over the decades. We cherish the memories and are always here for you. Love, Kim and Mark Bartolotta

Rich and Kim Rudd

Judi, please know that you, the kids and grandkids are in our thoughts and prayers. Terry, or Teddy, as I knew him, will surely be missed. Although I’ve been gone from Sheboygan a while I still think of him and smile. One of those guys you tend not to forget. Love Kim and Rich

Dave Gehr

Terry, You are missed! One of my greatest joys was to know you and one of my deepest sorrows was to lose you so early! Thanks for the memories!

Larry and Dawn Adler

Dear Judi and your entire family, Wayne A . was kind enough to let us know about Terry. Our hearts and prayers are with you , sending a million hugs and strength your way, Larry and I were reminiscing about our fun times and I just kept saying how funny and cheerful and good natured Terry was. Larry spoke of his community work and all of the activities he loved. We have always admired your strength, love and kindness to all . Know we are thinking of you and will be with you in spirit during his funeral . Sending love , healing thoughts and may his memory be a blessing!

Brandon Derus

My deepest condolences to all of the Knier family.

Dave & Kathy Hoffman

Words cannot say what we felt when we heard this. I know you said God gave Terry a second life on earth, and boy did he live it well, and I’m sure God is pleased!! We have known you both for such a short time, and really enjoyed Terry’s humor and smiles on bowling Tuesdays. We will miss him Judy. To our continued friendship…

Kathy & Mike Janikowski

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Judi and your family.

Denise Godeman

I am very sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

Louis Bien

My condolences to the whole family. Terry was one of the kindest, warmest, most fun-loving people I have ever met. The first time I met Terry and Judi, they treated me like I was family. He made an incredible impact on everyone he ever came in contact with. He will be dearly missed.

Cindy DesArmo

Dear Judy and family, Terry was a great guy. When we saw each other someplace he always would greet me and we would make small talk. I’ll never forget him for being interesting and just a warm person. Now he’s on to a wonderful life in Heaven in peace. I’ll be thinking of you Judy with prayers. I live in Cape Coral Florida for almost 12 years. Love you my friend, Cindy.

Mary Mooney

My condolences to Judy and the family. He was a great man and deeply missed. Prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Faith and hope will bring comfort and peace.

Marilyn C Koehler

So many nice words for Terry. I am shocked, saddened, and actually mad that such a good person is taken too soon. Terry helped my mom and Grandma Rosie so much over the years. We were all appreciative for all his kindness and Judi too for all her support. Sympathy to Judi and the family.

Peter Helfer

Judi, Kevin, Kayla, and the rest of the Knier family, you have my sincere condolences for your loss of a great man. Terry impacted so many in so many ways. He had a passion for life and a positivity that was contagious. I never saw him without a smile or something funny to say. I looked forward to seeing him every year at the Birkie, talking about the "mashed potato's" and slow conditions on the course (really it was just me who was slow!) and just listening to him talk. He taught me, amongst hundreds of others, how to cross country ski. He gave me advice on equipment ("oooooohhhh yeah you don't need any of that expensive wax"), taught me techniques, and just was a great sounding board for a multitude of topics. I loved hearing about his younger racing days. Honestly one of my favorite "guy's guy" that I have gotten to know. He had something interesting to say about just about anything. Terry, I will miss our conversations, your mannerisms, your smile, and your infectious positivity. I will be thinking a lot about you this year on the Birkie course and will hear your encouraging words. The world lost a good one. Rest in peace.

Lonnie Proveaux Lonnie Proveaux

So sorry to hear this we were friend in school and on the wrestling team every time we saw each other at planet fitness we would talk for a few minute I will miss him,

Ton and Jane Kondracki

We are so sorry to hear this. We knew Terry from our St Germain vacations each year. He was such an active, caring and positive person who always wore a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We know his passing will leave a huge void in his community.

Mary Reid

Wow. Life. Just don’t get it… Terry, such a wonderful human being. Judy, and family, my heart aches for you. Sincere condolences. Mary

John Moore

Our sincere condolences to Judi and the entire Knier family. Terry was a beloved coach and friend to our family. We will certainly miss him, and at the same time, pray that he is in a much better place.

LeAnne DeTrana

Terry was such a kind and generous man. He always had a smile to share and a kind word to say. He helped so many people, in so many ways, over the years and will truly be missed. My heart goes out to you Judi, and your family.

Jane Buhr

So very sorry to read of your loss.Please accept my sincere condolences to your whole family.Mrs.Buhr

Linda Adams

Terri touched so many lives as he followed his own bliss and gave with complete unselfish abandon. His family is so fortunate to have shared life with him. Judy, my heart goes out to you and your children. In addition to being incredibly disciplined and accomplished, he was delightfully authentic. Radiated joy but wasn’t afraid to talk about how he was really doing. His life truly made a difference for others. Heart-felt condolences,

Lynne Dzuba

My heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and team. I was unfortunate to have been with Terri starting the race together Sunday. He will be missed and leaves much emptiness for his family and friends. Hugs Judy🥰

John & Jean Kittelson

Judy and Family, Jean and I send our thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time. Terry will be missed by many as he was a friend to all who knew him. May your hearts be filled with comfort in knowing that he lives on in the company of God. John & Jean Kittelson Bella Vista, Arkansas

Matthew Meyer

Coach... you were so much more than a Coach: friend, mentor, counselor, teacher, SummerFest buddy, musician, athlete, father, husband, outdoorsman, craftsman...I could go on. I will miss you very much, my good friend. Your legacy will live strong with all those who glide along on the Nordic ski trails with the skills you taught them. God Bless and Peace to Judi, Kevin, Kayla, and all of the extended Knier Family and our Nordic Storm family.