Kenneth Wayne Ter Maaten, 66, went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 4, 2010.

He was born Nov. 17, 1943 in Artesia, Calif. to Case and Cleone Ter Maaten.

Ken attended Ontario Christian School and graduated from Corona High School and Chaffey College in southern California.

On April 9, 1965, he married Bernice Koops and they made their home in Mira Loma, Calif., where he began his dairy farming business and they began raising their family.

In 1970, Ken and Bernice, along with their two young children, decided to begin a new adventure and moved their dairy farm to Sunnyside, where their family continued to grow with the addition of two more children.

In 1974, they moved to Grandview, where they built their new dairy and continued their operation there for 30 years. In 2007, they sold the dairy and moved to their hay farm in Prosser, where they were currently living.

The most important things in Ken's life were his faith in God and spending time with his family.

He was a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church and supported Christian education.

Ken loved planning social events and trips with his family and friends.

He had many hobbies including motorcycling, boating, water skiing, fishing with his grandchildren, traveling, antique collecting, toy train collecting, and restoring old tractors and classic cars. He lived life to the fullest.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Bernice, and four children, Darla (Brian) Rogers of Sunnyside, Julie (Fred) Broersma of Sunnyside, Casey (fiancée Tara) Ter Maaten of Spokane and Karen (Brandon) Walker of Prosser; and 12 grandchildren whom he loved dearly; his sisters, Anna Marie (Jake) Van Vliet of Ripon, Calif. and Jeanie (Arend) Van Vliet of Oakdale, Calif.; his sister-in-law, Debbie (Rick) Mouw of Lynden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Case and Cleone Ter Maaten; and two brothers, Roger Ter Maaten and Steve Ter Maaten.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, June 10, 2010, from noon to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Friday, June 11, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. at East Prosser Cemetery, with memorial services to follow at 11 a.m. at Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor Ken's memory may contribute to Sunnyside Christian School.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Ken's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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