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Richard “Dick” Allen Terpstra, the son of Rients and Lorian (Peterson) Terpstra was born May 12, 1933, in Hartley, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in the Hartley area where he attended Lincoln #8 country school and graduated from Hartley High School in 1951.
Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in 1953 and served until his Honorable Discharge in 1955. He married Delma Klett on June 29, 1958, in Milford, Iowa. The first 10 years of marriage he farmed west of Hartley, then worked at Walnut Grove Feed Co. for two years, then managed and eventually owned Lakes Concrete for more than 20 years, then ran a concrete block company in Waterloo, Iowa, for 10 years before retiring in 1999.
Dick enjoyed working in the block business and served as president of Iowa Concrete & Masonry Association. He enjoyed golfing, and especially spending time with friends and family. Dick always looked forward to wintering in Texas. He was a member of First Congregational Church in Spencer, Iowa.
Dick passed away on Friday, March 19 , 2021, at Spencer Hospital at the age of 87. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Delma; one sister, Barbara Baysinger; and several beloved outlaws (in-laws.)
Left to cherish his memory are his four children: Rick (Kelli) of Allen, TX, Rob (Nancy) of Anna TX, Ryan of Spencer, IA, and Renae of Garland, TX; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dennis Terpstra of Kansas; other relatives and many friends.
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