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.