Gordon L. Terpening (1920-1995)

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Rev. Gordon L. Terpening
Born: 30 Nov 1920 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Died: 21 Jan 1995 Kingsley, Michigan
Father: Bemsle Lewis Terpening
Mother: Glenn Cora Smith
Siblings: Gordon L. Terpening
Gloria Ann Terpening
Spouse: Joan R. Voice
Married: 28 Aug 1957
Children: David G. Terpening
Mark Terpening


Petoskey News-Review, January 25, 1995

The Rev. Gordon L. Terpening, 74

The Rev. Gordon L. Terpening, 74, of Kingsley, died Jan. 21, 1995, at his home.

Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Kingsley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brian Rafferty and the Rev. Stanley L. Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Fife Lake Cemetery.

Mr. Terpening was born Nov. 30, 1920, in Harbor Springs, the son of Bemsie L. and Glenn (Smith) Terpening. He graduated from Harbor Springs High School, attended Northwestern College in Traverse City, and received his clergy credentials from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.

On Aug. 28, 1957, he married Joan R. Voice, and she survives.

Mr. Terpening entered the ministry of the United Methodist Church in 1956, and retired in 1975. During that time, he served the Grand Traverse Larger Parish, which included Fife Lake, South Boardman, East Boardman, Kingsley, Grant and Monroe Center United Metodist churches, the Mayfield Chapel, and chaplain of Camp Pugsley. Later, the United Methodist churches of Williamsburg and Yuba; Mears, Smith Corners and Crystal Valley; Mancelona, Alba and Central Lake; Remus, Mecosta, Hall's Corners and Milbrook; Sand Lake and South Ensley. He also held various leadership positions in the church youth camps.

After his retirement in 1975, the Rev. Terpening returned to Kingsley where he had lived since. He worked at Tom's Food Market in Traverse City and did photography for "Fond Memories."

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Air Force, where he taught weather school at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill.

His family was a very important part of his life. In the early years when his children were young, he was actively involved with them in both Cub Scouts and Little League baseball. As his children grew and grandchildren arrived, his family remained the center of his life.

He also enjoyed playing ping-pong, rock collecting, music, photography and oil painting.

Survivors include his wife, Joan R. Terpening, of Kingsley; two sons, David G. Terpening of Traverse City, and Mark Terpening and his wife, Sara, of Mount Airy, Md.; two grandchildren, Trevor Terpening and Alexander Terpening, both of Mount Airy, Md.; his mother, Glenn Cora Terpening, of East Jordan; one sister, Gloria Seeley and her husband, Gene, of East Jordan; and several sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father in 1986.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Traverse Area Hospice or to the Kingsley United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. today, Jan. 23, and 2-4 p.m. adn 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Covell-Smith Funeral Home in Kingsley.


Terpening, Gordon L. Rev.
Age: 74
Born: 11/30/1920
Died: 1/21/1995
Burial: 0/0/0000
Cemetery: Fife Lake Cemetery
Obituary: on file