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Obituary for Terry E. Putnam

Terry E. Putnam, a resident of Upper Marlboro, passed away on March 28, 2020 at Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville.

Terry was born on November 26, 1941 in Washington, D.C. to the late Elwood and E. Gwendolyn Putnam. After graduating high school, he served four years in the United States Air Force in Sacramento, CA in the Air Police guarding nuclear weapons.

Once Terry returned to Maryland, he joined the Prince George’s County Police Department in June, 1965. He was an officer on the street for the majority of his career during which time he served in the Special Operations Division. He also served in the Internal Affairs Section of the department, and in the Robbery division of the Detective Bureau.

During his police career he received numerous Awards of Merit and a number of Letters of Commendation. In June of 1985, Terry retired from the police department and started a new career with the Department of Environmental Resources that lasted 15 years.

Terry’s hobby was gardening and was something of a “gentleman farmer” taking care of his home and the surrounding land. He also enjoyed travelling and for many years he and his family took summer trips throughout the United States in a motor home. For the past ten years he and his wife, Elizabeth, spent their time travelling abroad to a number of countries.

Terry leaves behind a wife of nearly 44 years, Elizabeth, a daughter, Kelly Marie Putnam Benner; a son, Kevin Andrew Putnam; and four grandchildren, as well as a sister, Phyllis P. Nicholson and a brother-in-law, Thomas Nicholson, and nieces and nephews. A private service is being held for Terry. He will be laid to rest at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD.