Franklin Dale Turner – Oolitic
Franklin Dale Turner, 89, loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, passed peacefully
surrounded by family in St. Vincent Heart Care Center on Friday, June 19, 2015. He was born August 22, 1925 in rural Bedford, IN to Brada and Rose (Adams) Turner and was the youngest of six boys. He is survived by his wife of 68 years and high school sweetheart, Mona Gayle (Kirkman) Turner; Son, Dr. Dennis (Melody) Turner; Grandchildren-Monica (Hal) Kirkwood, West Lafayette, IN; Erich (Anne) Turner, Dallas, TX; Austin (Tricia) Malone, Bedford, IN; Brady Turner, Indianapolis, IN (mother, Susie Kern). Great-Grandchildren Garrett(U.S. Army), Kenzie, Elle and Finn. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brada and Rose; a son, Mark; brothers- Dewey (Lona), Vestal (Maxine), Noble (Dorothy), Harold (Mary), Eithel (Margie), step-brother, Dean (Cassie) and step-Mother, Lois.
Frank was a proud graduate of Needmore High School and a patriot extraordinaire. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 immediately out of high school and fought in WWII from Normandy across Europe to the Battle of the Bulge. He was humbled and honored to be the 2014 Grand Marshall for the Oolitic Town Parade as one of the oldest living WWII veterans living in Oolitic.
He retired from General Motors, Bedford, after 41 years. Frank dedicated his life to love for his wife and family, a passion and allegiance to Jesus and His word, and deep appreciation for citizenship and the freedoms so many have fought to preserve. He loved attending church and taught and led Sunday School activities and Youth Groups for over forty years.
Frank personified kindness and extended the joy of friendship to everyone he met. He genuinely loved life. He sincerely loved people and relished the sparkle in children’s eyes. He was a master of making the “moments” count with his family whom he adored. His life priorities were not complicated: He cared for family; he enjoyed God’s word as a guide for life; and he purposed to be an “encourager.” He had a bit of a poet in him and he loved quotes and memorized Scripture right to the last (most recently Romans 15:13) He was our family prayer warrior. He will be forever loved and remembered by his wife and family.
His memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 25th at the Tabernacle of Praise in Bedford, officiated by Rev. Gary Thomas and Rev. David Wigington. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca. Visitation will be from 2 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, June 24th at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 10 am until the hour of service on Thursday, June 25th at the Tabernacle of Praise. Pallbearers include Hal Kirkwood; Brady Turner; Nancy Eggers; Jim Woods; Erich Turner; Gary Wray. Honorary Pallbearers: Monica Kirkwood, Austin Malone, Dr. Medhat Girgis, Rev. Claude Cobb and Walter “Wally” Green (WWII buddy). In lieu of flowers, a gift can be given to the Mark L.Turner Scholarship Fund.
Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.
Helen C. Applegate – Mitchell
Helen C. Applegate, 90, of Mitchell, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2015, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.
Born April 13, 1925, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Victor and Cora (Riggs) Holman. She married John Applegate December 19, 1946, and he preceded her in death February 21, 1976. Helen was a homemaker and a graduate of Mitchell High School in 1944. She was a member of the Jacob Finger United Methodist Church and Phi Beta Psi Sorority.
Survivors include her children, Pat (Michael) Harris, Bedford, Judy Johnson, Bloomington, John M. (Pat) Applegate, Campbellsburg, Dan (Teresa) Applegate, Bedford; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 great great granddaughters
Her parents; husband; and sister, Ruth Ann Winkler, preceded her in death.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Eric Kersey officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 till 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Phi Beta Psi Sorority will conduct a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com