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Ernest J. Terpstra
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Birth: Oct. 21, 1918
Gallatin County
Montana, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 2005
Gallatin County
Montana, USA

Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT) - April 24, 2005

Ernest J. Terpstra, 86, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday evening, April 21. Ernest was born Oct. 22, 1918 to Jacob and Effie Terpstra on the family farm near Anceny, Montana.

He attended schools in Anceny and graduated from the eighth grade. He wanted to attend high school, but was needed on the family dry land farm.

In the 1930s he went to Minnesota to find work and met Hattie Plowman, whom he married on Jan. 3, 1940 in Booten, Minnesota. In September 1943, they moved to Bozeman where he went to work as a mechanic for State Auto on Main Street in Bozeman.

In 1947, Ernest and Hattie bought Hicks Transfer and renamed it City Transfer and Storage which they owned and managed until they sold it in 1974. City Transfer was later Mergenthaler which is the name today. Ernest and Hattie also purchased Butte-Bozeman Delivery Service in 1948 and operated it for about 25 years.

After Ernest's retirement in 1974, he and Hattie performed volunteer service for the Christian Reformed Church World Relief Committee and helped many people after disasters such as the Teton Dam Flood in Idaho and tornado victims in Texas.

Ernest was an avid photographer and was an early owner of movie cameras and the latest digital cameras. For a while he taught photography, including film development, on a voluntary basis in the evening to high school students. Music was also a passion, and he loved playing the organ.

For many years during retirement, Ernest and Hattie drove their motor home to California and lived there during the winter months.

Ernest is survived by his wife of 65 years, and children Jim (and Kathy) Terpstra of Castle Rock CO, Marilyn (and Clif) Alberda of Manhattan, and Doris (and Howard) Cole of Valparaiso, IN.

He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Carolyn Terpstra.

Ernest had four brothers, Henry, Bernard, Gerard and Jacob and one sister Theresa Dykstra. He was preceded in death by his two younger brothers Bernard and Gerard.

His first love and passion was his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a patient, tender and giving husband, father and grandfather.

Friends and family are invited to join the family as we celebrate Ernest's life at a funeral service at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the First Christian Reformed Churchill, Manhattan. Reverend Jack Huttinga will oficiate. Burial will be in the Churchill cemetery. 
Family links: 
  Jacob Terpstra (1887 - 1975)
  Effie Ungersma Terpstra (1895 - 1972)
  Hattie Plowman Terpstra (1915 - 2007)
  Doris E. Terpstra Cole (1944 - 2011)*
  Ernest J. Terpstra (1918 - 2005)
  Bernard Terpstra (1923 - 1998)*
  Gerard H. Terpstra (1925 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Churchill Cemetery
Church Hill
Gallatin County
Montana, USA
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Record added: Jul 08, 2010
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Ernest J. Terpstra
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Ernest J. Terpstra
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