Some people are gifted to us for great lengths of time, others can teach us so many lessons in a short amount of time. Perseverance to face adversities, courage to never give up, strength in faith to know a reward awaits and a love that when remembering a man that touched our lives, only makes us smile.
In 1969, Bob and Nancy, a newly recruited patrolman and his wife moved to Boonville, Missouri to start a family. A daughter, Jennifer, was born in 1972, followed three years later on June, 19, 1975 by a little brother Brian. The Teter family raised their children with lots of love and always put them first. Brian was a "typical boy" and his favorite pastime was being ornery and picking on his sister. Nancy's favorite pastime was the paddle. Brian had a couple childhood friends that stood the test of time and shared a friendship over decades. He survived nine years of Catholic school, graduated Boonville High School in 1994 and attended State Fair Community College and Ozark Technical College.
Every good summer love story starts at the local swimming hole and that's where Brian met Michelle, his future bride. As a summer job they were lifeguards at the Boonville Municipal Pool and as they say the rest is history.
Michelle went off to college and as soon as Brian graduated from high school and pursued college, he moved to Nixa to his love. It seems clich� to say that you marry your best friend, but in this case, it was only the truth and Brian and Michelle made a great team. United in marriage June 13, 1998 they went on to execute the Teter tradition, a girl first, Malorie and then a boy, Jackson.
Brian is described as a man that was determined, meticulous, positive and had a huge heart. Hands down, his family was his greatest treasure. He liked to have fun boating, building things and spit shining his truck but his true love was spending time with family. Jackson and his dad shared a love for hunting and Brian passed his art of truck detailing on to his son. Brian enjoyed watching Malorie's swim meets and ironically, she shares her parents' love for the water and became a lifeguard. Memories of her dad are all their father/daughter dates and him teaching her to drive. She was also his "shirt stealer" - sneaking into his closet and adding to her wardrobe.
Patience and compassion were some of his many attributes. Brian had a zest for life, was game for mischief, and always loved a good laugh.
Life throws punches and in Brian's case seemed to keep throwing punches. First diagnosed five years ago, Brian took it in stride with a positive attitude getting up on his feet every time. After years of the cancer roller coaster, rounds of chemo, numerous hospital stays, even being among the elite bell ringers, Brian still remained upbeat. After a battle fought hard and to the end, a body and soul, along with a strong faith wish to make the journey to a final resting place. On July 8, 2020 Brian made that journey. Heaven is where we all wish to be, a place where we will see Brian again.
People pass through our lives and if we are lucky, we find that one that we admire, maybe one that inspires us by their fire, or just has a genuine quality that weeps a true gentleman. If you didn't know Brian you definitely missed out, if you did, your life was rich in blessings.
Funeral services will be held at Schweitzer Methodist Church on Saturday, July 11th at 11am in Springfield, MO with Graveside Services at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Franklin, MO at 6pm. For his hometown friends and family that would wish to express condolences there will be a Celebration of Love gathering immediately following burial from 7-9pm in the lower level of BTC Bank in Boonville, MO. We would welcome you to stop and share a memory or two.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude's or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.