Dennis TerBeest

Date of Death: Jan 13, 2022
Dennis TerBeest

1950 - 2022

Dennis L. TerBeest, 71, of Ripon, passed away Thursday, January 13, 2022 at his home.

Dennis was born March 26, 1950 in Fond du Lac the son of Andy and Irene Aalsma Ter Beest. Dennis attended Waupun schools and graduated from Waupun High School in 1968. Following high school he enlisted with the U.S. Army and served much of his time in Germany. On June 14, 1975 he married Patricia Boettcher in Waupun. Dennis spent most of his career as a carpenter and as a maintenance technician. Dennis and his family enjoyed many great years on vacation at Tuttle Lake. He enjoyed family get-togethers, baseball, traveling, fishing, and was an avid bowler.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Patricia TerBeest of Ripon; two daughters: Jamie (Christopher) Rathermel of Nashville, TN and Susan TerBeest (Curtis Railsback) of Brandon; five grandchildren: Silas Railsback, Adalynn TerBeest-Railsback, Kaitlyn TerBeest-Railsback, Brynn Rathermel and Bennett Rathermel; brothers and sisters: Betty Belsma of Waupun, Randy (Jean) Ter Beest of Brandon, Gary (Ann) Ter Beest of Brandon, and Ann (Rick) Ottum of Sylva, NC; and nieces and nephews.

Dennis was preceded in death by an infant son, Aaron Andrew; his parents, Andy and Irene Ter Beest; brother-in-law, John Belsma; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Margaret Boettcher.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Friday from 12 noon until the time of service.
The family suggests that masks and social distancing protocol be followed.


Funeral services for Dennis TerBeest will be held Friday, January 21, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Rev. Jeff Nicla officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun where American Legion Post 210 of Waupun will provide military honors.

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  1. PATRICIA TERBEEST Says: January 14, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Sincere sympathy to you, dear Pat, and your beautiful family. May you feel God’s love and peace surrounding you at all times.

  2. Mari and John Loomans Says: January 15, 2022 at 12:04 am

    So sorry. We have known this family since I worked with Margaret at the Prison. Had Jamie and Susan in 4H. I am sure you, as a family, have many precious memories. John and I send our prayers for peace.

  3. Rick and Mary Aalsma Says: January 15, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Pat, we are very sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thought and prayers.

  4. Lori J Lemmenes Says: January 15, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Hugs Pat, good bye is never easy.

  5. Bev Frank Says: January 15, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Sending my sincere sympathy to you and your family. May God give you strength and comfort during this very difficult time!

  6. Loni Wendt Says: January 16, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Pat I am so sorry to hear this, you are in my thoughts and prayers

  7. Pat I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Remembering you and your family in my prayers.

  8. Bonnie Winterhack Says: January 18, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Pat, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. We are sending prayers your way.

  9. Deborah Clark Says: January 21, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    My sincere condolences to Pat, Susan, and Jamie. Prayers for you all.

  10. Marilyn Smits Says: January 23, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Pat You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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