He was born Feb. 8, 1942, in Erie, Penn., the son of Carl and Elba (Armstrong) Blila. Terry served in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot for 21 years before being honorably discharged in 1985. Following his military service, he flew for America West Airlines, retiring in 2002. Terry was currently employed as an Aviation Safety Inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration.
He was preceded in death by his father Carl Blila.
Terry is survived by his mother Elba, wife Susan, sons Terry Jr. and wife Bree, Andrew and wife Robin, and Christopher, daughters Leah, Teresa, Shelly and husband Rick, and Rebecca and husband Michael, grandchildren Jennifer, Regina, Nick, Ann Marie and husband Daniel, Carrie, Derrick, Grady, Tallie and husband Richard, Josh, Christopher, Catherine and Brayden, great-grandchildren Eddie, Winter, Toi, Daniella, Elena, Saylar and Audrey, and a sister Joan.
A memorial mass took place Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Holy Rosary Church, in Seelyville. In lieu of flowers, donations in Terry's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan., 66675, or visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Services have been entrusted to French Funeral Home in Brazil. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.