John William “Jack” Turk

John William “Jack” Turk, 82, of Liberty, Missouri passed away on November 17, 2014.

Jack is survived by his wife, Diane, his daughters, Carrie Turk of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Christine Turk Stransky and husband Bill, of Wharton, Texas, and grandchildren Elizabeth, Nicholas and Sarah Stransky. He was preceded in death by his sisters Irene Collins and Audrey Page.

Jack was born on September 8, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to John and Leone Turk. He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles in 1960 with a degree in Business Administration. He and Diane married in April, 1985. His career was in life insurance as an individual producer for several companies, including Manulife Financial, before he became a structured settlement consultant assisting with personal injury insurance settlements. During the last 10 years of his work life, he and Diane owned their own agency in Kansas City, Turk Settlements Company, until his retirement in 1999.

After retirement, Jack pursued his love of woodworking and made special pieces of furniture for friends and family. He was a generous individual who was passionate about social justice and helping others.

Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 2 – 5 pm at the Turk home in Liberty. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Friends Service Committee-Kansas City, Wayside Waifs animal shelter, or a charity of your personal choice.

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  1. Terry Cooper on November 24, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Diane; I am truly saddened to read of Jack’s passing.
    So enjoyed seeing you for so many years as a delightful client.

    Terry C

  2. John Steinhoff on November 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Jack & I left Minneapolis, MN for California via train on September 20th, 1952. We had enlisted in the Air Force. Jack had just turned 20 yrs old and I was 18. We followed each other around on an off and on military assignment basis until we were both discharged. After that we kept in touch by phone, cards and letters. Our long friendship ended 62 years later…

    I’ve been in touch with you Diane and trust that your life without Jack
    will be uncomplicated and complete as your sorrow slips into fond memories. My condolences to his children and grand kids…

    God Bless all of you…

    John Steinhoff

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