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Terry Huttenga

May 8, 2019

Terry Lee Huttenga went to his Heavenly home on May 8, 2019.  He was born on October 24, 1955.  He passed away at home surrounded by the people he loved. 

He is survived by his wife Sandy Huttenga of almost 41 years, his son Jason (Kristin) Huttenga, his daughter Rachelle (Darren) Kamphouse, son Daryl (Sara) Huttenga, daughter Aaryn (Nathan) Gilde, and daughter Carie (David) Mendoza.  He is also survived by his 15 grandchildren: Carsten and Emerson Huttenga, Aubrie and Camren Kamphouse, Mackenzie, Mason, and Dylan Huttenga, Justin, Avery, Jack, Dayne and Reid Gilde, and Miguel Santos, Isabella, and Kaleena Mendoza. His presence will live on through every single one of his precious family members.

He was preceded in death by his mother Martha (Westdorp) Huttenga, father Ralph Huttenga, brothers Ken Huttenga, Jim Huttenga, Marv Huttenga, Jack Huttenga, father and mother-in-law, John and Aileen Good, sisters in law Nancy Norwick and Jaquelyn Hammond. Also surviving are Terry’s sister Judy (Ken) Kamphouse, sister-in-law Charlene (Don) Gates, and brother-in-law John (Esther) Good, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Terry will be remembered for so many reasons.  He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren with all of his heart.  He lived his life humbly and as a faithful servant to his Savior, Jesus Christ. What others saw as a miracle, he would shrug off as no big deal.  That spoke to so many of what Christ’s offering of peace, mercy, and salvation brings to those who will receive Him.  Terry did not enjoy being the center of attention, but he loved visiting with everyone who to spent time with him.  He accepted every challenge and struggle with the mindset of Christ.  He never once thought of his life as unfair, nor did he ever avoid the numerous daily struggles that were his to bear.  He was an incredible inspiration to everyone he knew.   He was loved and cherished by so many people.

Terry enjoyed taking care of Vogel Center, one lawn at a time, and riding his tractor.  He loved animals, gardening, farming, ranger riding, and hunting with his sons, grandsons, and close friends. He especially loved riding his horses.  He always said that he hoped there were ponies in Heaven.

Special thanks to Pastor Adam and Amanda, our church family, and all of our incredible life-long friends who went above and beyond to help us with so much love and support through the years. The road that we traveled was made easier because of each and every one of you. 

Thanks also to all of the doctors and nurses who, time and time again, helped us through many difficult days.

 “Well done, good and faithful servant! ... Come and share your master's happiness!”  Your work on earth is done.  You are free. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 11th at Vogel Center Christian Reformed Church at 11 am.  Pastor Adam Barton will officiate with burial in the Vogel Center Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Friday, at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain from 4-8 pm and one hour prior to the funeral services on Saturday at the church. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vogel Center Christian Reformed Church building fund.

Thoughts and prayers may be made at www.burkholderfamilyfuneralhome.com

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