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Terry Terpstra

April 3, 1953 — December 29, 2022

Terry Terpstra (age 69) of Montrose, CO passed away on December 29, 2022, in the comfort of his home.

Terry was born in Denver, Colorado to Harold and Elaine Terpstra on April 3, 1953. After graduating from Denver Christian High School Terry enjoyed a lengthy career as a truck driver starting with local deliveries and progressing to over the road, Front Range and Western Slope deliveries. Never driving outside of Colorado so that he would not be away from his wife, Mary, whom he married in 1997.

In 1999 Terry was interested in trying something new and so began his business as a handyman. He provided varied services from small home repairs to full basement remodels. Never advertising and always receiving excellent word of mouth reference. In 2015 Terry again used his driving skills when he began driving for Uber. He enjoyed driving and meeting many interesting people. Terry retired in 2017 so that he had time to enjoy days on the golf course.

Among his many interests Terry was an avid NASCAR racing fan, attending races around the country whenever possible. He enjoyed touring racetracks so that he could have his photo taken in the flag stand. A visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame was a high point for Terry. He also loved officiating slow-pitch softball, building things with his hands, jigsaw puzzles and assembling Lego model cars.

Following a trip to the Western Slope, Terry and Mary decided to move to Montrose. Since arriving in 2020, they have enjoyed long road trips, exploring the Western Slope, walking in the neighborhood, short hikes, bike rides, and even snowshoeing. They were pleased to discover Montrose Christian Church and have formed a community of friends among its congregants.

Terry is survived by his wife, Mary Terpstra, nee Swierenga, brother Wayne Terpstra, sister Trudy Jones, nee Terpstra, and sister Karen Nelson, nee Terpstra. He is also survived by his children from a previous marriage, daughter Jodi Yutzy, nee Terpstra, daughter Julie Zoetewey, nee Terpstra, and son Chris Terpstra, and five grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Montrose Christian Church on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. followed by a light reception.

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