Back to: News
November 16, 2011
Follow News

Richard "Dick" Turgeon

Richard "Dick" Turgeon passed away on Nov. 12 in Wichita, Kan., at the age of 91 with his four children around him.

He was born in Lucas, S.D., on June 6, 1920. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Frances J. (Clifford) Turgeon.

Dick served in the military in World War II. He was able to travel around the world during his military service, including places such as Guadalcanal, India, Alaska, Australia and Hawaii.

After his discharge, he married Frances in 1947. He worked in Wyoming and then moved to Fulford where he worked at a sawmill. Dick and Frances moved to Denver and he worked as a carpenter and they raised their four children who survive him. Their children are Eileen (Dan) Lister of Fulford, Betty Turgeon of Wichita, Marjorie Turgeon of Gypsum, and Rick Turgeon (Theresa) of Gypsum.

Dick and Frances moved their family to Gypsum in 1969. He continued to work as a carpenter. He worked in Vail and became a supervisor on several of the original buildings there. He fell off a building in Northwoods in 1979 and was disabled from that fall and could not work any longer.

Dick served on the Gypsum Town Council and Gypsum Sanitation Board and he was a member of the Eagle County Planning Commission for nine years.

Dick and his family enjoyed many years in Fulford as they built a cabin and learned how to work together.

Dick and Frances moved to Wichita with Betty in 2005. Frances passed away shortly after their move. Dick enjoyed his time there. He and Betty have helped each other and enjoyed many trips to the casinos with Eileen, Betty, Marjorie and Rick.

Dick is survived by his nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and one sister, Lauretta Barnes, and a brother, Jerry Turgeon. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is tentatively planned for April 8 at the Gypsum Cemetery followed by a gathering at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Valley Road.

Stories you may be interested in

The VailDaily Updated Nov 16, 2011 01:08PM Published Nov 16, 2011 12:09PM Copyright 2011 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.