Terry Karrels: 1954-2012

Terry Karrels, 58, of Broadus, MT, died Oct. 31, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, SD.

Terry A. Trask was born June 10, 1954, in Rapid City, SD, the daughter of Mark and Winifred “Winnie” (O’Connell) Trask. She grew up on the Spanish Five Ranch, in the Cheyenne River Breaks, and Elk Creek, in the Elm Springs Community.

Terry attended rural country school in that area and high school at St. Martins Academy in Rapid City where she graduated in 1972. She then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings.

Terry was united in marriage to Michael H. Karrels on Dec. 27, 1990, on the Spanish Five Ranch, and to this union was born a son, James Michael Karrels.

They made their home on a ranch south of Belvidere which they operated until 2003 when they moved to a ranch in Montana. They continued to reside on the ranch until her death.

Terry was generous and enjoyed doing acts of kindness for people privately, never wanting recognition, but ranching was the biggest part of her life. The spring season was her favorite, especially enjoying new colts being born and naming them, and baby calves being born and watching them grow up. Terry was her dad’s cowboy, and inherited his eye for good livestock and her uncle Milton’s passion for raising good horses.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband, Michael H. Karrels of Broadus; her two brothers and sister-in-laws, Patrick and Rose Mary Trask and their family of Elm Springs, and Tom and Shelia Trask and their family of Elm Springs; special friends Chuck and Charlotte Hubing of Miles City, Montana; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Terry was preceded in death by her son James Michael Karrels, and her parents, Mark and Winnie.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Jim Scott officiating.

Graveside services were held later at the Elm Springs Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials directed to the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital, or the Silverleaf Assisted Living Center, both of Philip.