Mr. Walt “Turp” Johnson Turpin, 84, passed away at home in Kingman, Indiana on Friday, August 19, 2022. He was born in Veedersburg, Indiana, on June 27, 1938, a son of the late Water Johnson Turpin, Sr. and Elizabeth Ellen (Swingle) Turpin.
He was married in Lebanon, Indiana, on April 4, 2004, to Nancy Eva Golden Turpin. She passed away January 8, 2013. Previously he was married to Diane (Perkins) Turpin.
Walt was raised and had attended schools in Veedersburg. From 1955 to 1957, he served his country honorable in the United States Navy.
He had worked for Butternut Bread in Peoria, Illinois and Peoria Tractor and Equipment, a CAT dealer. He then lived for a period of time in O’Fallon, Missouri where he was a diesel mechanic at various truck shops before he retired. He relocated to Lebanon, Indiana in January 2001 and owned and operated his own shop.
Walt enjoyed working on old cars and fishing. He liked to watch high school and college basketball and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
Survivors include his children, Walter J. “John” (June) Turpin, III of Winfield, Missouri, Bryan S. (Judy) Turpin of O’Fallon, Missouri, Dawn E. Johnson of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Juanita (Pete) Sari of Melrose Park, Illinois; stepchildren, Lynnette K. (Robert) Cox of Thorntown, Scott A. (Maria) Larew of Lebanon, Kristi A. (Karl) Schuh of Indianapolis, and Lori Libbey of Lebanon; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, Charles W. (Kathy) Turpin of Havana, Illinois and Lloyd A. (Leona) Turpin of Veedersburg, Indiana; sister, Carolyn Faith Foxworthy of Thorntown; brother-in-law, Bill Kavonus of Shawmut, Montana; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wives, Walt was preceded in death by a son, Anthony W. Turpin; sister, Mary Ellen Kavonus; brother, Laurence D. Turpin; sister-in-law, Joyce Turpin; brother-in-law, Earl Foxworthy; son-in-law, Terry Libbey; a grandson and a great granddaughter.
Visitation is planned from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 North Lebanon Street, in Lebanon, Indiana with military rites to be held at the beginning of visitation at 5:00 p.m.
Inurnment will take place at a later date at Lincoln Memory Gardens in Whitestown, Indiana.
Memorials may be directed to Boone County Cancer Society, 117 West Elm Street, Lebanon, Indiana 46052.