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Terrell L. Poe, 68, of Genoa died Monday, September 24, 2018, at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. He was born March 12, 1950, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the son of Jessie Gilbert and Mary Gladys (Williams) Poe. He married Deborah Bennett on June 14, 1974, in Genoa.
Terrell enjoyed camping, fishing and Nascar racing. He had previously been very involved in Boy Scouts as a troop leader. His membership and worship at CrossWind Community Church was very important to him. The thing he enjoyed most was spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah of Genoa; children, Heidi (David) Sweeney of Sycamore, Amanda (Reid) Grossen of Belvidere; three grandchildren, Caitlin Sweeney, Oliver Sweeney and Alexander Grossen; and brother, Richard (Sally) Poe. He was also an uncle to several nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jessie Gerald Poe; and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at CrossWind Community Church, 13100 Cherry Road, Genoa, IL 60135, with the Reverend James Freund officiating. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church prior to the service. A luncheon will immediately follow the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for Boy Scouts of America, Troop 71 in Genoa. Donation envelopes will be available at the church during services.
Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd, Cooper-Quiram Chapel is assisting the family. For more information or to leave a condolence visit or call 815-784-2518

Condolences & Shared Memories (10)

  1. Diana Poe Heathcock & Debra Poe Allen

    Sorry we couldn't make it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Diana Poe Heathcock & Debra Poe Allen

    Sorry we couldn't make it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Doreen Stark and Family

    Your in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest Sympathy.

  4. Paula Peters

    Mr Terrell and Ms Debbie went from friends to family. This man was a tremendous human being that helped in molding my grandson into the young man he is today. Took him fishing and camping with them and let him tag along behind him almost every day for over 6 years. Terrell helped me for 2 months in remodeling a foreclosed house to make our home. He will be missed terribly by our family and Ms Debbie we love you and the girls nothing will ever change that. Our prayers and thoughts are with you now as you struggle to get a new normal to your life. God bless you all and thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us.

  5. Tim Finkenhofer

    I'm sorry i never got to meet you but I did work with your daughter and knowing her gives me a sense of knowing the kind of person you were. You raised a wonderful woman.. Rest in Peace and continue to watch over Amanda and the family

  6. Jim Craig

    My counterpart in the Boy Scouts. Never a full moment with Terrell. Always nice seeing him in town and talking. Our sympathy to the all that will miss him, and especially to his family.

  7. Karen Scherer Noftz

    My heart felt condolences to your family. Hugs to all.

  8. Jeremy Merritt

    Mr. Poe was one of my Boy Scout leaders over 20 years ago (though it doesn't nearly feel like it was that long ago). He was a kind, funny, and friendly man, and I was just one of many boys and young adults lucky enough to have him as a mentor growing up. Boy Scouting was an important part of my young life, in large part due to people like Terrell that generously gave of their time and talents. I'm now a father to two boys that are both involved in Cub Scouts, and just started my second year as a Cub Scout leader. I often think of Terrell as I try to teach the next generation of Scouts to be helpful, friendly, courteous, and kind. Mr. Poe was all of these things and more, and only now can I appreciate the patience he had! I hope his family knows what a positive, lasting impact he had on people like me, and take some comfort in knowing that a part of him will continue to live on through the lessons try I teach my sons and their fellow Scouts and friends. Until we meet again: good night, Mr. Poe.

  9. Mike Andrews, Current Scoutmaster of Genoa Boy Scout Troop 71

    Although I never had the honor or meeting Mr. Poe, I sure have heard the stories passed on from older Scouts and leaders. My sincere condolences go out to His entire family and everyone he touched.

  10. Ryan Craig

    Mr. Poe was one of the greatest men I've ever met. He was a Boy Scout Leader for me and countless other young men at Troop 71. I'll never forget our boundary waters trip, countless camp outs, and helping me work on my car. What an amazing man who taught me many lessons growing up. RIP Mr. Poe.

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