Terrel Vineyard, 27, of Oshkosh, NE passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 21, 2023 near Oshkosh. He was an amazing young man and very important to this community. These funds will help his beautiful family.
Terrel Cob Vineyard was born February 19, 1996, in Ogallala, Nebraska- to the proud parents of Shawn and Nancy Vineyard – joining an older sister, Tori. They lived at the Buckhorn Springs Ranch east of Keystone Nebraska- Terrel wore out 2 stick horses and numerous hats and boots before they moved to Oshkosh Nebraska in 1999.
Nancy started working full time and Tori was off to kindergarten—that meant Terrel and his dad were working side by side together every day. He started riding full time when he was 4 years old and calved his first full spring horseback that next spring. His good horse at that time was Lucky- or Yucky, if you can’t pronounce your L’s yet. Terrel and Lucky were a great pair.
Terrel started school in 2001, Shawn was a one man show after that. Weekends and holidays, that’s when “the big stuff got done” As it does for most kids- summer time held some of the best memories: riding pastures, doctoring calves, fencing, haying, and everything in between. Shawn Terrel, and Tori did it all - together, every day.
At the age of six, Terrel learned to rope on Cheri Kessen’s good horse Ornery. Over the years, hours and hours were spent in the Kessen’s, Grote’s, and Alworth’s arenas. Dan Kessen, Joe Grote, Mike McGinley, and Jim Alworth were some of Terrel’s first mentors and hero’s right behind his dad.
Shortly after, Shawn bought Cowboy for Terrel. Shawn knew he needed this horse.
Terrel and Cowboy quickly became a match and by the time cowboy was 5 and Terrel was 8 they were a full-time team and never looked back. He calf roped, headed, heeled, and ranched on Cowboy from junior high to college. Cowboy won AQHA Horse of the year three times and qualified for Junior High National Rodeo Finals in Gallup, New Mexico twice in team roping and ribbon roping.
Terrel went to LCCC in Cheyenne WY on a rodeo scholarship in the fall of 2014.
Terrel continued roping here and finally got to bulldog when he purchased Peyote.
Before moving back home to the Ranch Terrel worked for Paul Grimesman. He rode countless horses everyday there. Terrel told of one horse by the name of Wildman. The first time out of the boxes he ran right past the steer and hit the back fence. Wildman did get better and is now pro rodeoing.
Terrel was great at making friends. Anywhere he was. He maintained his first friendships and made a million more along the way. He had success in the arena, but he was most proud of the friendships he made. To know Terrel was to love Terrel.
Terrel moved back home and started working full time on the ranch in 2017. Terrel and his dad were working side by side together every day again.
Upon returning home, Terrel continued team roping. Many of you knew his horse Shorty. Terrel and Shorty drove countless miles together over the years. They qualified three times for World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas.
A few years after moving back, Terrel laid eyes on Stacey and told all his friends ‘I would marry that girl someday.’ Even before Stacey knew who he was. Stacey and Terrel connected fall of 2020 and began their life together. Terrel stepped in seamlessly as a father figure to Maddie Aubree and Blayke introducing them to the ranch life.
From starting their cattle herd together, getting their three beautiful daughters horseback, and renovating their house, Terrel and Stacey were staring their lives together- and planning to grow old in this place they called home. Terrel and Stacey married privately with their daughters February 10th, 2023 in Colorado.
Terrel had many horses along the way but always had a main mount during each phase of his life. Terrel purchased Dose a few years ago as a roping prospect. Terrel and Dose left for greener pastures together -Terrel with his rope in hand.
2 months before Terrel and Stacey’s wedding reception celebration, we are gathering to lay Terrel to rest.