April 9, 2011
10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Third Reformed Church
Noon until 3:30 P.M. on Tuesday April 12, 2011 at
the Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Third Reformed Church- Old Testament Room
5:00 – 7:00 P.M with family present
or Paul's Favorite Missions
December 15, 1922 - April 9, 2011
Paul's desire was to honor and bring glory to Jesus Christ in life and in death. That last desire was met when he went to be with his Lord on April 9, 2011 at the age of 88. Paul was born December 15, 1922, on a farm in the Sandridge area. Paul, and his twin brother, Apollas, were the youngest of nine children born to Henry and Kate (De Heer) Ter Louw. Most of his school years were spent at the Amsterdam School south of Pella. Paul loved to share childhood memories...like switching overalls midday with his twin brother, Apollas, to confuse the teacher.
Years later, that same school setting was to be Paul's destination as he hopped the fence, Valentine in hand, to ask a beautiful young teacher named Dorothy Synhorst for a first date. Paul and Dorothy frequently double-dated with Apollas and Dorothy DeZwarte. Paul often said he waited to marry until he could see how it worked for Apollas. He evidently liked what he saw, as Paul and Dorothy exchanged vows at the church parsonage on December 28, 1943. Their honeymoon consisted of a trip to the milk barn the very next morning.
Farming brought Paul great satisfaction and was both his lifetime occupation and his passion. Paul and Dorothy raised their four children on the farm just west of Pella where hard work, love, and laughter abounded. They partnered together for 47 years until Dorothy succumbed to lung cancer on August 4, 1991.
During a mission trip to Kansas City in 1995 with Habitat for Humanity the second love of his life, Verniece Grootveld, caught his eye. Their relationship developed and they were married on October 28, 1995. Together they participated in several church mission trips to Mexico and were thrilled to instantly double their extended family. The Grootveld and the Ter Louw families welcomed one another wholeheartedly into their lives and were important fixtures in the lives of Paul and Verniece. Verniece succumbed to cancer on March 14, 2010, but the union of their families remains.
When Paul lost his beloved twin brother just 6 months later his desire for heaven grew even stronger. He talked frequently of the glorious reunion that awaited him in heaven.
Paul was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Pella where he served in leadership roles, including Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Paul's love of scripture, both memorizing and sharing, prompted him to join the Gideons where he served for many years. During the past few months Paul attended Third Reformed Church to worship with his family.
Even through the hardships of life, Paul's hope remained anchored in the promise God spoke to him during the floods of 1947; "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Paul was known by many to be an unshakable optimist who exuded joy. Seldom did conversations with Paul fail to draw upon scripture and his faith.
Those left to celebrate his life are his children, their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Paul was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy; Verniece, his second wife; his oldest son, James in 2001; a granddaughter, Olivia Mikota who died at birth in 2000; son-in-law, Kenneth Dykstra in 2008; his parents, Henry and Kate Ter Louw; five brothers and their wives: Raymond Ter Louw, David and Ollie Ter Louw, Benjamin and Esther Ter Louw, Francis Ter Louw, William and Jennie Ter Louw, Apollas and Dorothy Ter Louw; his two sisters and their husbands: Henrietta and William Schakel, and Christine and Karl Hackert.
(James Ter Louw) Helen Ter Louw Neer and Greg Neer of Pella, Iowa
Kevin and DuAnne Ter Louw
Samara, Gina and Michael Ter Louw
Kim and Wade Wilkie
Kylie, Sam Wilkie
Joshua and Angela Ter Louw
Rosie Ter Louw
Connie (Ter Louw) and Carl Duinink of Knoxville, Iowa
Laura and Randy Mikota
Jonathan, Grace and Zachary Mikota
Leslie and Stan Shollenbarger
Molly, Megan Shollenbarger
Mary (Ter Louw) and Barry Sparks of Newton, Iowa
Sarah and Craig Horstman
Steve and Kathy Ter Louw of Pella, Iowa
Ryan and Heather Ter Louw
Erika Ter Louw
Andrew Ter Louw
Larry and Karen Grootveld of Ottumwa, Iowa
Jacob and Whitney Grootveld
Vincent, Lillynn Thorson
Christine and Josh Navara
Paige, Ethan Navara
Cindy and Byron Loomans of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Betsy and Christian Ezell
Jeff and Lindsay Loomans
Mark and Patricia Grootveld of Ames, Iowa
Eric and Holly Grootveld
Anna and Mark Bland