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Richard "Dick" D. Turk

1929 - 2021

South Bend


Richard (Dick) Turk was born and raised in South Bend, IN to his late parents Carleton and Gladys Turk (Andrews).  He was preceded in death by his wife Patsy Turk (Charlette) 2010, daughter Charlette Turk 2020 and siblings Robert (Ellie) Turk, Barbara (Skip) Gassensmith and infant sister Shirley.  Dick is survived by daughters Stacey (Larry) Zurat and Sally Turk; grandchildren Jessica Chomicki (Colt), John McGovern (Makayla), Collin McGovern (Heather), Troy McGovern, Mark Zurat (Emily Devolder); great-grandchildren Riley, Maddie and Gabi McGovern.

Dick graduated from Riley High School and Florida State University where he was a proud member of their first undefeated football team.  He was also a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  Dick enjoyed sailing E-scows, boating, fishing, golf, football, fixing just about anything and all things Torch Lake, MI.  Dick was also a pilot, served during the Korean conflict, Rotary member, Morris Park Country Club member, and Torch Lake Yacht Club member.  Dick was the president of Taylor & Moyer Agency, Inc. until he and Patsy’s retirement to their favorite place - Torch Lake, MI.

Cremation has taken place per Dick’s wishes and there will be no service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Pl., Mishawaka, IN, 46545.  Palmer Funeral Home – Welsheimer North Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.  Family and friends may leave email condolences at


Center for Hospice Care
501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka IN 46545
Tel: 1-574-277-4100

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Dottie Schaefer

June 18, 2021 4:29 PM

After reading Dick’s obituary I now know why he and Patsy were such Florida State fans.They were both faithful members of Church in the Hills in Bellaire Mi..They are greatly missed.Our prayers are with your family.

Ann Henry

June 16, 2021 4:53 PM

So sorry for your loss, Sally.

Tommy & Carol Leszcz

June 10, 2021 12:19 PM

Take comfort in knowing that now you have another Special Guardian Angel to watch over you.

Lisa Powell

June 8, 2021 4:49 PM

I will miss seeing you at the Club, Dick. I have so many pictures of you out on your big boat on Torch Lake during the sailboat races, which you volunteered for for years and years. I will also remember all your volunteer work around the Club, keeping the building and grounds in good order. Rest In Peace.

Katie Roth

June 8, 2021 4:20 PM

Dick and Patsy were such good friends with Lou and Sally Roth, my mother and father in law.  They were wonderful people all of them and are greatly missed!  

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