Terpstra, Jacob Grand Rapids, Michigan Jacob Terpstra, age 94, was born in Manhattan, Montana in 1927 to his parents, Jake and Effie Terpstra. He was the youngest of six children, all who are deceased. He is also preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Martha. Jacob leaves behind his three children, Mark, Jack (Anita), Jeanne (Bob) Katerberg; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren who were all deeply loved; sisters-in-law Ella Terpstra, Sylvia Dykstra; and many loved nieces and nephews. Jacob served in an engineering battalion in the US Army at the end of WWII. He graduated from Calvin College and the attended the University of Michigan where he received a master's degree in Social Work. He began as a child welfare caseworker, then he administered the Washtenaw County juvenile detention facility and later a group care treatment program near Flint. Following that he went to the Department of Human Services serving as the administrator of licensing child welfare services throughout Michigan. During that time, he served as president of the Michigan Association of Children's Agencies, and with the Deputy Administrator of Juvenile Courts developed the Michigan Association of Juvenile Detention Facilities. This involved conferences and extensive training with the central purpose of humanizing detention programs. In 1976 he was appointed to a position in the U.S. Children's Bureau in Washington D.C. where he worked for 20 years as a specialist in child welfare services, working with people in every state to help them improve their services. He edited a national newsletter on licensing children's services and initiated a national association of foster care managers. He wrote many published articles, some of which were translated into other languages. After he retired in 1997, he continued to be active, including speaking in several state and other countries and continued writing articles and a book on child welfare, "Because Kids are Worth It". Because of his deep concern about the occupation of Palestine he visited Palestine with Christian Peacemaker Teams to experience the occupation firsthand. After the Micah Center was developed he became active on justice issues with special concern about injustice in our prison system. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Zaagman Memorial Chapel (2800 Burton St. SE, 49546) with Rev. Steve DeVries officiating. The family will greet visitors from 10:30 – 11:00 am, prior to the service. If one wishes, please consider making a memorial donation to Christian Peacemaker Teams (https://cpt.org/
) or to Humanity for Prisoners (https://www.humnaityforprisoners.org/
Published by MLive.com on Dec. 2, 2021.