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Terrance "Terry" Brosseau

April 11, 1942 — July 4, 2023

Destination: Heaven; Arrival: July 4, 2023.

Born to Jean and Franklin (Pete) Brosseau in 1942, Terry was proud to have been raised, along with twin brother William (Bill), brother Frank and sister Susan, in Drayton, North Dakota. After graduating from Drayton High School, Terry attended the University of North Dakota receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, followed by a Master of Public Administration. A Graduate of the Reserve Officers Training College, Terry’s military career included active service in Paris, France, Stuttgart, Germany, as well as Vietnam where he served as a South Vietnamese Advisor. Following his release from active duty, he was in the Active Reserve and served as Executive Officer of the 311th Evacuation Hospital for 20 years, retiring in 1990 as a Full Bird Colonel.

Hired as Controller for Bismarck Hospital in 1968, Terry was promoted to Administrator in 1972, CEO in 1979 and President/CEO in 1981. Under his leadership, Bismarck Hospital developed into Medcenter One Health Systems, an integrated health system, including 17 clinics, four nursing homes, and more than 2,600 employees and physicians. He tackled major building projects, replacing the entire campus, plus adding new buildings including the north wing, and the Outpatient Services Building. In addition, Terry served on the boards of North Dakota Hospital Association, American Hospital Association, North Dakota Regents of Healthcare Executives, Bluecross Blueshield of North Dakota, and Heartview Foundation. During his career at Medcenter One, he served on the Bismarck City Commission, the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association, and YMCA Board of Directors, to name a few. Terry initiated merging the Bismarck and Mandan chapters of the United Way and the Bismarck/Mandan Chambers of Commerce.

Terry was married to Joan for 34 years and they, together, created a steadfast foundation for their blended family: Terry’s three sons Bradley (Paula), Tracy, Steven; and Joan’s daughter, Michelle, and son, Reese. Terry and Joan spent hours side-by-side, creating a safe-haven at their lake home that will always bring unforgettable memories for his grandchildren Cole, Halsey, Nick, Logan, Sidney, and Alex of the loyal, strong, safe, and selfless man they called Grandpa. Terry delighted in the addition of his three great-grandchildren Ema, Walker, and Sofie Belle, and was looking forward, with us, to an additional great-grandchild expected in December.

Joan and Terry spent their winters in Mazatlán and Arizona, but always returned in the spring to their beloved North Dakota.

Terry is survived by his loving companion and wife, Joan; his brothers, Bill, Frank (Dawn); and sister Susan (Rich); children Tracy, Steve, Michelle, Reese and Paula; six grandchildren: Cole (fiance Kenna), Halsey, Nick (fiance Lexi), Logan (Ivy), Sidney, and Alex; great-grandchildren: Ema, Walker, and Sofie Belle. Terry was greeted in heaven by his parents Jean and Pete; his son, Brad; and his sister and brother in-law Cheryl and Roy.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 14, at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 519 Raymond St., Bismarck, ND. Interment will be held at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan, ND.

In memory of Terry, donations can be made to the Medora Foundation or healthcare provider of your choice.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, July 14, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

519 Raymond St, Bismarck, ND 58501

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Friday, July 14, 2023

North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery

, Mandan, ND 58554

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