Terry Spitzenberger was born in Gregory, South Dakota. He graduated from Bonesteel High School and South Dakota State University. He received a bachelor's degree in funeral service at the University of Central Oklahoma and has been a licensed funeral director since 1975, when he began employment at Eidsness Funeral Home. He served on the National Funeral Directors Association policy board and International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards exam committee. He is a past-president of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association, Brookings Rotary Club, Brookings Shrine Club, and he served on the board of the Brookings Chamber of Commerce. He has held various offices in Brookings masonic organizations, and is an elder at First Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Ann, have a daughter and four granddaughters.