John Terrance Tuggle, 77, passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, at his home in Columbia. He was born Sept. 7, 1940, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Albert and Christine Tuggle.
Terry was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Tuggle; and sisters, Marsha Nutter and Jackie Tuggle. He is survived by his loving wife Heidi; his son, Oliver Tuggle, and his wife, Julie; his daughter, Ariana Tuggle, and her husband, Erik Kruger; and his five grandchildren, Robyn Tuggle, Annika Kruger, Sydney Tuggle, Ava Kruger and John Tuggle. He also leaves behind his loyal and beloved dog, Molly.
Terry worked his entire career as a computer technician/troubleshooter for the phone company. He was a U.S. veteran, serving as a medic in the reserve from 1961-1967, with 16 months of active duty. Terry pursued his lifelong love of art throughout his life, studying fine art at various colleges in his home state of Texas, including Texas Wesleyan, Arlington State and the University of Dallas. He met his wife, Heidi, the great love of his life, while teaching an art appreciation class, and they were married eight months later.
Terry was a devoted and loving father to his two children. He was a spirited coach for their youth soccer teams, and loved watching his players reach their athletic goals. His sense of adventure was contagious, and he encouraged family and friends to join him in his many hobbies. He wanted everyone to share in his wonderment of nature and his thrill of competition.
Terry retired from the phone company in 1989 and enthusiastically pursued his varied interests, including mountain biking, running, camping, scuba diving and travel. He had a deep fondness for wildlife, investigating the natural world, and was fascinated by space exploration. His love for art never waned, and he produced hundreds of beautiful drawings, paintings and sculpture pieces over his lifetime. His other great passion was ocean kayaking, and he led several tours to Baja Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. One of his greatest thrills was kayaking amongst a pod of orcas in Puget Sound. In his later years Terry traveled extensively throughout the world with Heidi.
Terry lived a passionate life, inspired by his love of family, devotion to his wife, and pride in his children and grandchildren. He was greatly loved and will forever be missed.