Terry Foss

  • Born: January 12, 1942
  • Died: October 20, 2020
  • Location: Irons, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464

Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

Terry Foss, 78, of Irons, formerly of Holland, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Terry was born January 12, 1942, in Holland, Michigan, to Chester and Adeline (Vander Wolde) Foss. Terry attended Holland High School. Terry served on the Ottawa County Sheriff Department for 25 years before his retirement. He married Arlene Kooiker and they raised their children in Holland and were members of Harlem Reformed Church. Terry and Arlene moved to Irons, Michigan, after retiring and attend Faith Fellowship Church.

Terry was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time outdoors. His primary hobby was firearms. For several years he attended many gun shows and exhibitions, and was continually working on firearm projects.

Terry is survived by his wife Arlene, son Rick Foss of Holland, daughter Brenda and Mark Zimonich of Zeeland, son Bruce Foss of Holland; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Crystal and Heath Flanery (Liam), Kate Solomon (Kinsey), Samantha Foss, Melissa Johnson (Shawn, Paige), Justen Medendorp, Jessica Medendorp; brother Rex and Shirley Foss, sister-in-law Ruth Kooiker, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 24, 2020, at Harlem Reformed Church, 6854 144th Ave., Holland MI 49424. Visiting hours will be 4:30-7:00 pm, Friday, at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland. Private interment will be in Olive Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan's Purse.

Condolence & Memory Journal

To Arlene and Terry's family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We have fond memories of trips to Drummond, Indian River, and to Irons. We enjoyed the Flea Roast and Ox Market, floating the Big Manistee, and especially breakfast at the Wellston Inn. Couldn't resist the trips to the Dublin Store for jerky and to peruse the guns for sale. We always had something in common to talk about, guns, work, and small adventures. Terry seemed to develop his spirituality over a lifetime and loved his family. Arlene, we are sorry to hear of Terry's passing and for your loss. Jon & Ruth Overway

Posted by Jon & Ruth Overway - Nunica, MI - Friend   October 25, 2020

I am so sorry. I hope the comfort of family and friends ease your loss during this difficult time.

Posted by Tracy Wierda Overway - Holland, MI - Neighbor   October 24, 2020

You have my deepest sympathy to the Terry Foss family. Rex and Shirley you are in my thoughts may God be with you all.

Posted by Donna Ritsema - Zeeland, MI - Friend   October 23, 2020

I still remember the many times Terry came into my gunshop with something interesting he bought or wanted to sell, also the many gunshows we went to. Terry was always a stand-up guy, I remember the fishing trips up to Drummond Is, we had some good times. It was good seeing Terry once again at Fred Rosels party last year. Arlene and family, we are truly sorry for your loss. We'll miss the old Foss-il.
Dan and Donna Mikula

Posted by Dan Mikula - MARNE, MI - Friend   October 23, 2020

Terry was a wonderful man so kind and always made everyone feel welcome and like they were part of the family. I will never forget when my husband and I went to his cabin for the weekend and I just wanted to see a bear. He laughed because of my excitement . I did see a bear but it was not real. We had so much fun and he said we could come back anytime. I know he was sincere because that's who he was. He will be missed and remembered forever.

Posted by Lou Ann Reed - Zeeland, MI - Family Friend   October 23, 2020

Sending thoughts and prayers for the family ❤ the Boerigters (Bruce (spike), Robert and Austin)

Posted by Robin Boerigter - West Olive, MI - Friend   October 22, 2020

Terry was a great guy and friend. I knew him for over fifty years.
Arlene you and your family have our deepest sympathy, and are in our prayers.

Posted by Marv and Karen Ver Hoeven - BRANCH, MI - Family Friend   October 22, 2020

Thinking of you. So sorry for your loss. Terry will be missed.Treasure the many fond memories. We enjoyed how he had such a love of the outdoors. As he rests in God's arms. May the thought give you peace and comfort that he has truly come home to rest and is at peace.

Posted by Tom and Sandy Scholten - Bitely, MI - Family Friend   October 22, 2020

Terry became a great friend over the years of my wife Windie and I. We always enjoyed our visits with him and Arlene on our trips up north.He was always there if help was needed and truly cared about people. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go to Arlene and the entire family during this difficult time.

Posted by Jon DeBoyer - Algonac, MI - Friend   October 22, 2020

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