Terri L. Mykisen, age 69 of the Township of Dupont passed away on Sunday June 4, 2023 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison.
Terri Lee Mykisen was born November 18, 1953 in Waupaca, WI daughter to the late LaVerne “Chuck” & Betty (Rasmussen) Mumbrue. Terri grew up on a potato farm near Waupaca, WI, where from the young age of five, learned to ride horses and so began a life-long passion. She attended Waupaca Schools and graduated with the class of 1971. Summers were spent trick-riding and attending rodeos with her parents. Terri was also a barrel racer for many years, with her talents featuring on the world stage at the N.B.H.A. World Barrel Racing Finals in Augusta, GA, 2005. She had a talent for communicating with her horses which had developed over a lifetime; she trained barrel horses, broke young horses, and worked with problem horses when needed. She was a member of Saddlebags Horse Club, Little Britches Rodeo of Wisconsin, Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association, and the Tri-City Riders, locally. Terri was united in marriage to Gene “Myke” L. Mykisen at a “Little White Chapel” in Las Vegas, on August 28, 2001. As a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marion, Terri served as church treasurer for many years. She was employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, specializing in soil conservation, a career she enjoyed for 22 years, 9 of those years she served as the Assistant Coordinator for Golden sands Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. Terri was passionate about conservation and proud to spend her career in public service. You may be surprised to learn that Terri was very strong and even competed in some arm-wrestling competitions. She was a great bowler and attended state championships over the years. Traveling out west was always on the schedule and she loved to share those western states with family, friends, and of course, her equestrian companions. She kept a large vegetable garden every year and also liked to tend to her flowers. Trail-riding with Gene and camping with family always put Terri in her happy place and she loved hosting family for Christmas every year. She always treated other folk’s children like her own; and will be remembered for her strong will, her quiet and reserved side, and her enthusiasm for Texas swing dancing.
Terri is survived by her loving husband, Gene
Daughters: Tami (Steve) Forrest, Waupaca; Tonia (Michael) Osman-Knapp, New London; Michelle (Jeff) Stransky, Marshall; & Crystal Zellner, Vesper
Son: Ted (Janet) Osman, Nowata, OK & Jon (Mandy) Mykisen, Wisconsin Rapids
Grandchildren: Desiree, Wyatt (Marictza), Gavin, Ethan, Sheldon, Sophia, Sidney, Mackenzie, William, Trevor, Anna, Sara, & Lincoln
Great-grandchildren: Ezme & Weston
Sister: Tina Spierings, Jasper, MO
Brothers: Tom (Laurie) Mumbrue, Waupaca; & Todd (Terri) Mumbrue, Maribel
Terri was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Tristan, in infancy; a grandson, Jade, in infancy; and her brothers, Tim & Teddy Mumbrue.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM Monday, June 12, 2023 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marion with the Rev. Gisele Berninghaus officiating. Interment will take place at 2:30 PM at Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca.
A visitation will be held Sunday June 11, 2023 at the church from 4-7 PM and again on Monday from 10 AM until the time of service.
The family would like to thank Dr. Williamson, the Waupaca ER, Dr. Long University Hospital TLC, Madison, University Hospital Lung Transplant team, Madison, for their long term care and compassion for Terri. Also, thanks to the Marion Lions Club for the ramp that was installed at her home.
The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Marion is assisting the Mykisen family.
An online guestbook is available at eberhardtstevenson.com.