November 14, 2012


OCT. 21, 1926 — NOV. 13, 2012

OSKALOOSA — John E. Terpstra, 86, of Oskaloosa died Tuesday morning, Nov. 13, 2012, at Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa. 

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday morning at Henness Cemetery in Southwest Mahaska County with the Rev. Tom Boomershine of Central United Methodist Church officiating and Military Honors by the Oskaloosa Honor Guard.  Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel. It will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday. A procession will form at 10:30 a.m. to proceed to the cemetery. Memorials may be made to MHP Hospice Services Serenity House or to Central United Methodist Church.

John Evert Terpstra, son of Peter and Jennie Cora Plate Terpstra, was born, Oct. 21, 1926, at the home of his parents near Oskaloosa. He was a 1944 graduate of Lacey High School. He was drafted into the Army and entered April 4, 1945; he served in the infantry as a military policeman in Italy. Sept. 18, 1946, he was honorably discharged and returned home to resume farming with his brother in the Lacey area. John was united in marriage to Mildred C. Hoit, March 20, 1948, at Central Reformed Church in Oskaloosa. They farmed southwest of Oskaloosa on the place they remained their entire life. John passed on his love of farming to his two sons, who took over the farm; he continued to assist them until recent years. John also worked at Ideal Manufacturing for 39 years and for the last 15 of those years he worked in maintenance, he retired at age 62. John was a member of the American Legion, Farm Bureau, Pheasants Forever, and the NRA. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, cutting wood, camping at the Iowa State Fair and Mike’s Car Shows.

John’s family includes his wife of almost 65 years, Mildred, of Oskaloosa; two sons, Mike Terpstra, of Fremont, and Larry (Marva) Terpstra, of Oskaloosa; a grandson, Derek (Ronda) Terpstra, of Oskaloosa; a great grandson, Seth Terpstra; great step-grandchildren: Paige and Patrick Flynn; and a brother, David Terpstra of Mexico, Mo.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a brother, Gerrit Terpstra, and two sisters-in-law: Geraldine and Irene Terpstra.

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