Theodore (Ted) Poppinga, 86 of Colusa, Calif. passed away peacefully on January 7, 2013 after a lengthy illness.
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Born on June 10, 1926 to Riemke and Johan Poppinga, he spent his childhood and early adult years in the Netherlands. Prior to immigrating to America in 1952 he served in the Dutch Airforce and was stationed in Indonesia.
After graduating from UC Davis, Ted became a long time resident of Colusa, Calif. where he enjoyed performing veterinary medicine with his wife Ruth, by his side in their large and small animal practice.
While having a strong appreciation for music, literature and poetry, he expressed his own artistic mastery through painting. His love for the arts also motivated him to volunteer his time to the Colusa Stagehands organization.
After years of being a regular at the Butte view Racquet Club, he traded his tennis racquet for a set of golf clubs and could often be seen driving his white "gem" golf cart to and from the course.
Ted loved and lived by the motto of Rotary Club International, "Service above Self" and served as President of the Colusa club. Whether as a rotary member, neighbor or friend, he looked for opportunities to show kindness and provide laughter through his humor and wit.
Ted is survived by his special love and life-long partner of 58 years, Ruth Poppinga and their three children; Ted (Sheila) Poppinga of Sacramento, Calif., Ellyn (Matt) Stephenson of Live Oak, Calif., Jeff (Starr) Poppinga of Yuba City, Calif. Ted and Ruth were also blessed with seven grandchildren, Tyler Poppinga, Kaylee Poppinga, Kyle Poppinga, Luke Poppinga, Brandon Stephenson, Sara Stephenson, and Ashley Stephenson. He is also survived by his siblings Joeke Kemper, Jetske Porte and Hans Poppinga.
He is preceded in death by his brother Jan Poppinga.
Ted will be missed by all who knew and loved him for his contributions to the community, family and to life.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Colusa. In Memory of Ted, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Colusa or to a
. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary-Moore Funeral Service. www.mcnarymoorefuneralservice.com
Published in Willows Journal from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19, 2013