Reverend Harry John Teuchert

Reverend Harry John Teuchert

ST. JOHNSVILLE – Reverend Harry John Teuchert, who was born on February 25, 1933, passed away peacefully, on June 9, 2024, in Utica, New York, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his close family.
Harry was a true Renaissance Man and is survived by his beloved wife, Deborah, of 22 years; his children, Stephen Teuchert (Arlene), Deborah Gonzalez (Dalberto), Mark Teuchert, David Teuchert, Michael Teuchert (Patricia) and Kristen Shaheen (Michael); his 8 grandchildren, Jessica, Sarah, Aimee, Harry, Amir, Jason, Jaime and Stephanie; his 4 great-grandchildren, Sophia, Riley, Jason and Jameson; as well as his cousins, Gerard Spevak, Ann Marie Lybarger, Terry Spevak, Pattie and Joyce Quigley, to name a few; and his many dear friends.

Harry graduated from St. James Catholic High School, Philadelphia, PA, Class of 1950. He also attended Pennsylvania Military College, (LaSalle College) and later, Utica University. Harry proudly served in the US Air Force as a drill instructor at Sampson Air Force Base, Geneva, NY, 1953-1957.

Harry’s biblical studies include but are not limited to, Southern Baptist Extension Seminary, Master of Theology, at Trinity Evangelical Seminary and Master’s Program, at Southern Baptist Extension Seminary. Harry graduated from the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. He was an avid student of Theology.

Harry has pastored several churches since the early 1970s. He became a full-time pastor at the Bartlett Baptist Church, in the late 1980s. He subsequently pastored at the First Baptist Church, in Saratoga Springs, NY and Ilion Baptist Church. Most recently, Harry served as Pastor Emeritus, at Grace Christian Church, in St. Johnsville, NY. Much gratitude goes to Pastor Torres, his wife Linda and the St. Johnsville church members, for their friendship and support. Harry was able to preach many sermons at Grace Church and he was so very proud to be able to do so into his 90s.

Harry also had an extensive professional career in the business world as well: Hallmark Portraits, Niagara Falls, NY, 1960s, National Sales Development Manager, Chromalloy Photographic, St. Louis, MO, late 1960s and the Gallery and Associated Enterprises, with his son, Stephen. Harry retired, in 1997. Harry was also a member of the Professional Photographers of America.

Harry’s son David’s favorite memory of his father is the many texts and calls he received requesting pictures of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His son Mark’s favorite memory is his dad saying what a good baby he was and called him by the nickname “Markykiki.” Stephen was proud to be his father’s partner at the Gallery and enjoyed taking trips with Kristen and his Dad. Daughter Debbie lovingly recalls when her father served communion at her wedding and Daughter Kristen’s favorite memory was going “antiquing” with her dad, in her early childhood. His wife, Debbie’s favorite memory was attending craft shows with Harry.

Harry’s hobbies included writing fiction and poetry, playing basketball and baseball in his early years and golf and tennis in his later life. Harry was an avid reader of history and loved watching classic movies, the Mets and Buffalo Bills.

Harry will be dearly missed by all who know him, including his beloved dog, Bogy, but his legacy will live on through his family, friends and colleagues.

Calling hours will be held at the Grace Christian Church, St. Johnsville, NY, on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., with a Celebration of Life to follow, at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Rte 5S, Mohawk, NY 13407

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, at 9 Center Street, in St. Johnsville, New York, Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors (518) 568-2300.

A memorial online tribute appears at www.eneafamily.com