Lester Odell "Buck" Turpin, 62, of Bloomington, passed away 2:30 p.m. on Thursday in rural Bloomfield in a wrecker accident.
Born Jan. 4, 1944, in Linton, he was the son of Frank Lester Turpin and Gladys (Kinley) Turpin Stevenson.
He married Rose Mary Bowers on Nov. 3, 1963.
He was a self-employed truck driver, retiring in 2002.
He served in the Navy and Army during the Vietnam War era and was a former race car driver at the Paragon and Bloomington Speedways.
He was a member of the 11th Street Pentecostal Church in Bloomington, AMVETS and The Cruising Classics.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Turpin; his children, Larry Turpin of Indianapolis, Lana Xayaveth, Linda Jordan, Leon Turpin and Lloyd and Lisa (Lawson) Turpin, all of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren, Brett Saylor, Dustin Howell, Aaron Sullivan, Joseph Xayaveth, Zackary Xayaveth, Brooke Turpin, Trenton Lawson, Lacy Turpin, Justin Johnson, Todd Johnson and Travis Johnson; two brothers, Robert Turpin and Frank Turpin, both of Missouri; one stepbrother, Johnny Turpin of Lyons; two sisters, Carol Eads of Solsberry and Lou Prince of Bedford; one stepsister, Jeannie Hughbanks of Linton; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and two sisters; his stepmother, Helen Mathis Turpin; and one grandson, Matthew Johnson.
Service will be 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield with the Rev. Michael Douglas officiating. Burial, with military rites, will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in rural Bloomfield.
Friends may call from noon until the service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences are available at www. jenkinsfuneralhomes.com.