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John S. Turk

June 12, 1947 — May 22, 2023



John S. Turk, 75, of Elkhart, passed away Monday May 22, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 12, 1947 in Elkhart to Phil and Jane Turk. On September 11, 1971 in Elkhart, he married Gwen S. Sawyer.

After graduating from Elkhart High School, Class of 1965, John attended North Texas State University for 2 years. He then served his country in the US Navy on a nuclear submarine during the Viet Nam War where he received the Bronze Star. He was the owner of American Trailer Supply from 1971 to 1999. He then bought and sold real estate until the present time. He was a member of Simonton Lake Sportsman’s Club. He volunteered for Stone Soup Promotions.

Surviving are his wife, Gwen, daughter, Kim (Aaron) Coates of Goshen, Son, Scott Turk of Elkhart, 6 grandchildren: Hannah Coates, Emily Coates, Isabella Turk, Ethan Coates, Allison Coates and James Turk, his sister, Maryan (Les) Thimlar of Fishers, IN and sisters-in-law Paula Turk of Elkhart, Chuck and Karen Andrews of Raleigh, NC and brother-in-law Bill and Shirley Sawyer of Elkhart. John was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ross Turk.

Visitation will be 10am to 12pm Thursday June 1, 2023 at Beulah Missionary church, 57595 Old County Road 17, Goshen, IN 46528, where funeral services will be at 12 noon. Pastor Kelley Sewell will be officiating. Entombment with Military Honors will follow at Rice Cemetery, Elkhart.

Memorials for John may be made to Beulah Missionary Church at

Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46514 is entrusted with arrangements for the Turk family. Online condolences at


Beulah Missionary Church
57595 Old County Road 17, Goshen IN 46528

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