GRANTSBURG, ILL. - Jack D. Turpen, 74, of Grantsburg, Ill. and formerly of Sullivan, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2004 at Union County Hospital in Anna, Ill.
Born September 6, 1929 in Merom, he was the son of Delmus Duane and Ruth Mae (Pinkston) Turpen. He had been married to Ruth (Keenan) Turpen, who preceded him in death in 1997.
Retired in 1977, he had been a vice-president of Borg Erikson Corp. He was also a grain farmer and cattle rancher and was recognized as a strong business man. He was a member of the Sullivan First Christian Church, served in the United States Navy, American Legion Post 139, VFW Post 2459 and was a graduate of Sullivan High School. He was also the first recipient of the Adam Sajko Award.
Survivors include: a son Mark Turpen and his wife of Denise of Grantsburg, Ill.; a daughter Pam Flora and her husband Dave of Vienna Ill.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one son Tim Turpen who passed away in 1985.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Alexander-Kean Funeral Home in Sullivan with Rev. Dale Wise officiating. Burial will be at Center Ridge Cemetery, Sullivan. Full military graveside services will be conducted by the American Legion Post 139 Sullivan, Post 197 Shelburn, Post 298 Hymera and the VFW Post 2459.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.