Garden Chapel

Paul C. TerLouw

April 9, 2011
Pella, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Third Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

Noon until 3:30 P.M. on Tuesday April 12, 2011 at
the Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Pella, Iowa

Third Reformed Church- Old Testament Room
5:00 – 7:00 P.M with family present

The Gideons
or Paul's Favorite Missions

Oakwood Cemetery
Pella, Iowa

In Memory Of

Paul C. Ter Louw

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 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.

Paul's family:

(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
                        Caden Horstman
            Katie Sparks
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
            Sydney Grootveld
                        Vincent, Lillynn Thorson
            Christine and Josh Navara
                        Paige, Ethan Navara
Cindy and Byron Loomans of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
            Betsy and Christian Ezell
                        Jane Ezell
            Jeff and Lindsay Loomans
            Katie Loomans
Mark and Patricia Grootveld of Ames, Iowa
            Eric and Holly Grootveld
                        Bridger Grootveld
            Anna and Mark Bland
                        Nora Bland
            Brian Grootveld

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