William J. “Bill” Turck, 73, St. Cloud
September 17, 1943 - April 11, 2017
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for William J. “Bill” Turck, age 73 of St. Cloud who passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Dee Pederson and Reverend Ken Ferber will officiate.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at the church. Arrangements were made by the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Bill was born September 17, 1943 in St. Cloud to Catherine (Sauer) Turck and Edwin Turck. Bill graduated from Cathedral High School in 1961 and enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard, serving five years with the 47th Viking Infantry as a combat medic. In 1963 he married Elizabeth Smith, they later divorced. He enjoyed many different job opportunities as a radio personality with WVAL and KFAM. In 1968 he was hired as the first full time police officer with the city of Waite Park and in 1969 he joined the St. Cloud Police Department and served as a patrol officer until 1975. In 1978 he married Trelda Stager in Watertown, South Dakota. For several years he managed and owned the Pipe and Tobacco House in Crossroads Mall and served two years as president of the mall association. Bill enjoyed a passion for country music and performed for several years with White Lightning and The Longhorns eventually putting together his own band with son-in-law Jeff Schreiner, Bill Turck and the Wanderers. In 1987 Bill joined Allstate Insurance Company owning his own successful agency until he retired in 2008. He sold the agency to his long time office partner Julie Roeder.
Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing and sports, especially baseball. Many years were enjoyed at the summer cabin on Knife Lake in Mora. He coached youth hockey for several years with St. Cloud Youth Hockey. He was also a member of Central Minnesota Umpires Association serving two years as president. Working hundreds of baseball games from Babe Ruth to High School, and amateur to Junior College. In 2000 he was selected as one of the umpires to work the State Amateur Tournament in Meisville and Red Wing. He greatly enjoyed times with his sons’ ice fishing Lake of the Woods and Red Lake. He also spent days chasin’ crappies in Central Minnesota with his nephew Rob Turck.
Bill is survived by his wife and soulmate of 42 years, Trelda; children, Michael (Tammy) of Minneapolis, Brian (Air Traffic Controller) of Apple Valley and Bahrain, United Emirates, Dan “Dano” of Sauk Rapids, Ann (Sean) Peacock of Sauk Rapids, Vanessa (Jeff) Schreiner of Sartell and Brad (Ashley) of Sauk Rapids; 17 grandchildren; brother, Jim (Jeanie) of St. Cloud; and sister, Janet (Tom) Wood of St. Cloud.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Jeremiah Pierson.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.