Harold “Jumbo” TeBeest
Harold “Jumbo” TeBeest, 78, of Brandon, passed away
peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 11, 2015 surrounded by his family
following a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Jumbo was born February 18, 1937 in rural Brandon the son of
Gilbert and Elsa Heller TeBeest. Jumbo
graduated from Waupun High School in 1955 and married Jane McLeod on August 3,
1956 in Waupun. Jumbo owned and operated
T.V. Building and Supply in Brandon with his good friend, Earl Van Buren. He then enjoyed installing agricultural
curtains and barn fans with his grandsons.
Jumbo had a passion for serving his country and community. He served in the National Guard with a year
of active duty at Ft. Lewis Washington during the Berlin Crisis. He was a member of the Brandon Fire
Department for 20 years and was also a member of the Brandon Lions Club where
he recently received the Birch-Strum Fellowship Award for his dedicated
service. Every day the weather was nice
you would find Jumbo on the golf course, giving it his best shot. If the weather was not ideal he would spend
his time working in his shop making saw dust.
Jumbo was a man who loved the Lord and lived a faith-filled life. He was an example for every member of his
family of what it looked like to love God and let faith be his guide. He was a member of Brandon United Methodist
Church for many years.
Jumbo is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jane TeBeest; his
three children: Susan (Dan) Stelsel of Waupun, Jill (Mark) Ramsey of Brandon,
and Peter (Vicky) TeBeest of Ripon; a brother, John TeBeest of Waupaca; a
sister-in-law, Susan (Jerry) Giebink of Waupun; grandchildren: Andy (Lissa)
Stelsel, Amy (John) Toutant, Emily (Brett) Bille, Joe (Lyndsey) Ramsey, Arica
(Matt) Leonard, Laura (Jorge) Ramsey-Camil, Terra (Nic) Mattheis, and Mary
(Dan) Mertens. He enjoyed spending time
with his 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother,
A memorial service and celebration of Jumbo’s life will be
held Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Brandon United Methodist Church in
Brandon with Arica Leonard and Pastor Laura Yates officiating. Friends and relatives of Jumbo TeBeest may
call on the family on Tuesday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen
Funeral Home in Waupun and on Wednesday at the church from 2 p.m. until the
time of service.
Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving
the family. Please visit our website at
www.wernerharmsenfuneralhome.com for further information and to send