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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

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PERCY TERPSTRA

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Percy Terpstra, of Mora, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020 at the Estates at Delano.  He was 93 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the Lewis Lake Covenant Church in Ogilvie. (The service will be broadcast on 100.7 FM which can be listened to from the church parking lot.)

VISITATION will be held Friday, August 28, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the church and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday.

INTERMENT will be at the Lewis Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

MEMORIALS are preferred to the Lewis Lake Covenant Church

PLEASE NOTE: Due to CDC recommendations, FACE MASKS are strongly encouraged at the services for Percy. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone.  Online condolences can be made for those who cannot attend. Thank you for understanding during this difficult time

Percy Terpstra passed away on August 24, 2020 at the Estates at Delano, MN. He was 93 years old.

Percy was born on April 25, 1927 at his home in Ann Lake Township near Ogilvie, MN to parents Joe and Winne (Stellinga) Terpstra. The first of four children, Percy attended country school as a child and then Ogilvie Public School until the 10th grade. He helped his dad on the family farm and at the age of 17, worked in the Ogilvie Creamery making cheddar cheese.

He joined the U.S. Navy in April of 1945 where he worked in the food galley at a base in Jacksonville, FL. He was discharged in August of 1946 and returned home where he met Dorothy Gaede. He soon decided that she was “the one” and in June of 1948 he proposed to her in Dutch and she readily accepted. They were married at the Quamba Baptist Church on November 13, 1948 and began dairy farming near Ogilvie. Percy and Dorothy were the proud parents of five daughters.

Percy was an active member of the Lewis Lake Covenant Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher and board member, acting as its chairman for several years. He also served on other local boards: Ogilvie School board, Arthur Township board, and Ogilvie Feed board. He was a Kanabec County Commissioner for the 5th District for several years and most recently the chairman for the VasaHouse board. In 2000, he was chosen as Outstanding Senior Citizen of Kanabec County.

Percy was competitive and loved to win whether in sports or games. He enjoyed rollerskating and was an expert at horseshoes. He played softball, competing as a pitcher in fast-pitch leagues when he was younger and in church slow-pitch leagues until age 65. His favorite games were Rook, Hand and Foot, and Rummikub. His kids and grandkids lovingly called him the “Rummikub King”. Percy was an avid fisherman and was talented at finding the best fishing spots, using the perfect lures and bait, and usually catching the most fish.

He was a “Prayer Warrior” and prayed for his church family, missionaries, community, country, and especially his kids and grandkids. Percy was never a great singer, but he loved music. It became a tradition for Percy and Dorothy to call each family member on their birthdays and sing “Happy Birthday”. He continued the tradition even after Dorothy’s passing in June of 2016.
Percy was asked in recent years, “How do you want to be remembered?” He replied, “I’ve been told I’m a peacemaker…. and I want people to know how much I enjoy my family”. Throughout the years Percy and Dorothy opened their home to many relatives and others who needed a place to stay, one of whom was Kathy (Westfall) Barrett. She was lovingly considered their adopted daughter. Percy was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and uncle. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; parents Joe and Winnie; step-father Henry DeJager; siblings, Lois and Jim; and grandson Joseph “Little Joe”.

Percy is survived by his sister Joyce VanderPlaats; children Diane (David) Norman, Delaine Sawyer, Sandy (Bob) DeYoung, Bev (Dallas) Tvedt, and Brenda (Dan) Trongard; adopted daughter Kathy (Jarod) Barrett; 18 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

20 thoughts on “PERCY TERPSTRA”

  1. So sorry to hear about Percy and his passing . I always will remember Percy from years ago and playing against him in fast pitch softball . He was a very good pitcher . But more then that he was one of the nicest guys around . I was impressed by his kindness towards everyone . What an example of a Christian man . He will be greatly missed by everyone .

  2. My deepest sympathy to the Terpstra family. May God comfort you as you mourn the loss of a wonderful man.

  3. My sincere sympathy to Percy’s family in this great loss!! Percy and I go way back to the mental health center days when he was on the board of directors. Percy was very special to me and he was always my #1 fan when I was out singing. I will miss his smiling face and his yodeling. One great man. Love to all. Marie Grundberg

  4. Aw I’m so sorry to see this! I’ve enjoyed the many pictures and memories you have shared on facebook Bev in the past years. He was sure a wonderful father and grandfather! Great memories for you all I’m sure. May God be with you all at this time of loss. Love to all! Deb (Ickler) and Terry Thorkelson.

  5. SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR THIS NEWS. HE WAS SUCH AN AMAZING MAN. LOVED SEEING HIM ALWAYS AT EASTWOOD WHEN I WOULD COME FOR PRAYER SERVICES.
    My prayers and hugs to all the family/

  6. We are sorry to hear of Percy’s death. He was one wonderful kind man who set a great example of his love for God and mankind. Thank you Percy! If only we could all set such a great example this world would be a much better place. You were truly loved by many and will be missed!

  7. So very sorry to hear in the loss of Percy. He and Dorothy were always one of my favorites. Such a beautiful couple and family. I love the whole family for that matter. Thinking about all of you today. Special hugs to Sandy and Bob. May blessings from our Jesus hold you all high during this difficult time. Lots of love.

  8. “His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:23)

    To Brenda and all of my cousins in the Terpstra family… My heart is sad for the loss of your father. My heart also rejoices in knowing that he is now in the arms of our Father in Heaven! Well done, Percy! You were a good and faithful servant!

  9. It is always a pleasure to remember and honor a long time member of the community when they pass. Percy was a fixture in the lives of so many, fondly remembered and surely missed. Those memories are golden and will be cherished. RIP Percy, Greetings to the Terpstra family, especially to Bev and Sandy.

  10. Extending my sympathy to all of you daughters and family. You were truly blessed with a wonderful father.

  11. OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO PERCY’S FAMILY.
    HE WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BY ALL.
    PERCY ALWAYS TELLING JOKES MAKING US LAUGH!!
    HE WAS AWESOME!
    WE WILL MISS HIS SMILING FACE,LAUGHTER.
    EASTWOOD WON’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIM.
    THOUGHTS, PRAYERS,
    RUTH SCHULTZ, & FAMILY

  12. I had Percy for a Sunday-school teacher at Lewis Lake when I was in my teens. I was lucky enough to go fishing with he and Dorothy at Hansen Lake a couple of times. A great man. A great family man.

  13. So sorry for the loss of a great hugger! Our deepest sympathies to the family. I miss fishing at Hanson Lake. What a sweet guy. He’s with Dorothy now…..

  14. Our deepest sympathy to all of Percy’s family. You will all know he was well loved and respected. He was a part of my early years and always made me feel welcome and was such a great example of a good Christian man. Percy and Dorothy were a wonderful couple that we will always remember.

  15. So sorry to hear this news. Our sympathy to all the family! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers! Mike and Cheryl Peterson

  16. I am sorry to hear the passing of Percy.He will be missed by many.due to COVID/19 I will be unable to attend the funeral.sending my condolences to family and friends .🙏🙏

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