Dennis L. TerBeest

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.

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. 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.

Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family. Please visit our website at for further information and to send condolences.