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John Joseph Turck 1934-2014

March 4, 2014
Emmetsburg News

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX -John Joseph Turck, 79, of Corpus Christi, TX passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 surrounded by family and friends.

John was born Aug. 16, 1934 in Emmetsburg to John Henry Turck and Joeann Mulroney Turck. He was the fourth child and oldest son in a large Irish family of 16 children. John married Margaret Glover in 1958 with whom he had three daughters, Jackie, Kelly and Donna, before Margaret passed away in 1966. In 1969, John married Christene McFarlin with whom he had daughter Katie.

John enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1952, embarking on a 20 year career that took him all over the world. He began as an airplane mechanic and retired as Master Chief (E-9) in 1972 with accolades including the Navy Commendation Medal for distinguished service on two deployments with a helicopter squadron off the coast of Vietnam. John then began a new career with Snap-On Tools where he held sales and management positions until his retirement in 2001.

John took special interest in his Irish heritage and family history and, after his retirement, devoted much time to research. That research culminated in a memorable trip to Ireland with his wife and daughters in 2003. He also enjoyed returning to Iowa for large fun-filled family reunions with his siblings and their families.

John had four daughters and ten grandchildren, but his unofficial family is much larger and includes friends of his daughters and their children. Grandpa (or Pop Turck) loved to take his extended family to his "Ranch" where the kids fished, rode go-carts, ran amuck and made life-long memories.

John is survived by his wife, Chris; daughter Jackie Butler and husband Ed; daughter Kelly Young and husband Mike; daughter Donna White; daughter Katie Turck; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation with family and friends was held Saturday, March 1, followed by a Memorial Service at Seaside Memorial Park Chapel in Corpus Christi, Texas. An Irish Wake was held following the service at the home of family friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project or the charitable organization of your choice.

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