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Terry “Tob” Leon Borkhardt

May 12, 1955 — November 14, 2021
Terry “Tob” Leon Borkhardt, 66 of Taylorville, died at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Springfield Memorial Hospital. Terry was born on May 12, 1955, the son of Louis & Gertrude (Parish) Borkhardt. Most of Terry’s working life was in construction of all kinds. He worked hard and played hard. Terry enjoyed mudding, demolition derby’s, taking part in judging, being a flag man, and even driving. Terry was a member of ABATE for a short time, volunteered with the Shriners, and was a member of Lighthouse Apostolic Church in Taylorville. Above all, Terry cherished his family, countless friends, and especially his grandchildren. He loved riding his Harley and loved taking rides with his grandkids on his golf cart around town even more. Terry had a huge heart, and he will be dearly missed by many.
He is survived by his daughters: Tracy (Craig) Soerensen of Illiopolis; Trina (Billie) Sims of Decatur; stepsons: Tim (Richard) Ward of Tampa, FL; Troy (Debbie) Ward of Waverly; Todd (Connie) Ward of Springfield; and he was a father figure to many others. He is also survived by: nine grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; siblings: Dianna Sims of Taylorville; Kay Mendenhall of Cedar City, UT; Lorna Biscontone of AZ; Jerry Borkhardt of Moline; Stanley Borkhardt of Moline; and many cousins, nieces, nephews; and countless friends. Terry was preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild: Jadleann Sims; and brothers: Gary Borkhardt, Louis Borkhardt and Fred Borkhardt.
In accordance with his wish, Terry will be cremated, and his family will host a celebration of his life on Saturday, December 11, 2021, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Terry’s house. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a fund in his name at CNB Bank in Taylorville. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Terry, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at


  1. Tony Erwin on November 15, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Well Done, Tracy. Please come celebrate his Life and the MANY Stories we ALL have of The Great MAN He was !!!!

  2. Edward Russ on November 16, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    RIP Tob

  3. Angel Krieman on December 26, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    RIP Tob, good friend

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