Harold “Jumbo” TeBeest

Date of Death: Apr 11, 2015
Harold “Jumbo” TeBeest
[highlight_text]1937-2015[/highlight_text] 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.


[leftcolumn]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.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] 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.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] 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.


  1. Michael Ramsey Says: April 12, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I’ll never forget the first time jumbo brought me to shine for deer in the feeder at uncle Mark’s cabin. It was one of the most fun things I ever did. I will also never forget the countless number of times I banged the heck out of my fingers while building birdhouses in the shop! All the deer camps and Jumbo always treating to games for the whole night will also be an amazing memory. I’ll miss the “Hey Mikey, how ya doin?” Anytime I ran into Jumbo. He was an amazing Christ-like man who I will never forget. Rest in peace Jumbo, I love ya.

  2. Regina Frederick Says: April 12, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss .He was a very nice person and will never be forgotten

  3. melody kreuziger Says: April 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family

  4. Eric Martin Says: April 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    What can be said about a man whom was loved by all he came into contact with?

    I met Jumby back in 1989 when his daughter Jill and I worked together and really got to know him over the next ten years. From the moment I met him I knew this was one of the top five “superior” men in my life including my own father. His personality, charm, open attitude and his love for family and friends was evident from the very beginning.

    Godspeed, old friend. You will be deeply missed but Heaven just received one of the best story tellers of all time, sir! We will be hearing the laughter from on high very soon.

    Eric Martin

  5. Alex Bartow Says: April 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Jumbo was a riot. Even when I was a kid, he talked to me like an equal. I will miss his dearly.

  6. Chris Ryskoski Says: April 12, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss. Jumbo was a good man.

  7. John Kraintz Says: April 13, 2015 at 8:14 am

    As the current president of Rock River County Club, I wish express the condolences of the entire membership here. I know he will be sorely missed for his friendship and generosity. He was always willing to extend a helping hand wherever needed. I met Jumbo my first year that I joined the club and I will surely miss him.

  8. Susan Straks Says: April 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    My sincere condolences for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. He was a fixture in Brandon that people will not forget him. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Dean and Rita Dolgner Says: April 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Most sincere condolences to the family of Jumbo TerBeest. May your faith in God help you through this difficult time. God bless you and your entire family. You will always have him in your hearts and he will be watching over you everyday until you are united again. Prayers being sent to you all.

  10. Mark Peterson Says: April 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    My heartfelt condolences.

    I remember him fondly. When I was about 8 years old, Jumbo cleaned out the pig coup behind his house so we kids could have what seemed at the time to be the coolest ‘fort’ in the world!


  11. karen Giebink Says: April 13, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    so very sorry for your loss. Jumbo was such a fun guy and made me feel welcome in the family from the first time I met him.
    He will be missed but I am so glad he isn’t suffering anymore and is in heaven . What a place to be !!!

  12. James and Victoria Vanden Berg Says: April 13, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Please accept our condolences for your loss of a great man.
    Unfortinately we can’t attend the service as we are being out of the country at the moment. With best regards Jim and Victoria Vanden Berg.

  13. Gary Hansen Says: April 14, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Jumbo was indeed a character that will be missed by Brandon and all. He did so much for the community. My condolences to the family.

  14. Wendy Kremer Says: April 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    My sympathy to you and your family. I will remember Jumbo as a kind man with an easy smile. I wish you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  15. Terry and Andy Milfred Says: April 14, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    We haven’t been in contact with Jumbo for years but we really enjoyed knowing him for many years previously. Jumbo and Jane have a great family and I know they will be a great help to Jane in coping with Jumbo’s absence.

  16. Beth Milfred Bartelt Says: April 14, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Jumbo was such a great guy and I have fond memories of him at church, the Picnic and other activities around Brandon. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  17. Joe and Cheryl Richter Says: April 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    To Jane and family, we are so sorry for the loss of this great man. He was one in a million! And he will always be lovingly remembered for the kindness he showed to Bobby and Marie. We will also never forget the fun we had playing sheepshead.

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