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Joseph Charles Turrin

October 2, 1936 — January 12, 2023

New Philadelphia

Joseph Charles Turrin

Joseph Charles “J.C.” Turrin, Sr. age 86, of New Philadelphia, passed Thursday, January 12, 2023, as a result of heart failure while in the care of Community Hospice’s Truman House.

Born on October 2, 1936, in Dover, Ohio Joseph was a son of the late Joseph Guy Turrin and Marie E. Dillon Turrin. 

As a teen, Joseph was a member of Boy Scout Troop 80 and earned his Third Year Pipestone at Camp Tuscazoar. Joseph was a 1955 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and obtained a Radiology Technician Degree. He later received advanced training from McGill University in Canada. 

Joseph’s love for learning led him to a career path in education that would ultimately span more than four decades. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s of Education from Kent State University where he focused on student personnel work in higher education. 

For many years, Joseph was a teacher in the Sandy Valley School District and later became the Principal of Elementary Schools for the Conotton Valley School District. For a period of time, Joseph utilized his degree as he worked as an intern assisting students as an Academic Advisor at Kent State Stark. For nearly a decade, Joseph served as an Adjunct Professor at the Kent State Tuscarawas Campus, retiring in 2020.

At a younger age, Joseph was involved with the family-owned businesses that included Turrin's Discount Center, Turrin's Manufacturing, and Turrin's Drive Thru. It was during that time that he and his father joined forces to obtain two patents. 

Throughout his lifetime Joseph was a gun enthusiast, who, at the age of 17 was afforded the opportunity to attend shooting school at Camp Perry, Sandusky, Ohio. He completed the schooling and qualifying and was the youngest participant ever to shoot the Ml rifle during the 1954 Army National Individual Matches at Camp Perry. 

He was also the designer, developer, and contractor for 40-unit residential complex Ivanhoe Estates in which he maintained ownership and served as the manager for over 30 years. Joseph believed that keeping his units in prime condition was of great importance to his tenants and the community. 

Joseph was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at New Philadelphia and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a licensed private pilot who enjoyed flying his Piper Cherokee Archer.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, the former Rebecca Weeks whom he married on June 22, 1968, and a sister, Irene Coventry of New Philadelphia.

In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by a son, Joseph C. Turrin, Jr.

The family will greet guests on Monday, January 16, 2023, from 4-6 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. Father Jeff Coning will lead a service celebrating Joseph’s life in the funeral home’s chapel on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery at New Philadelphia.

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Visitation

Monday, January 16, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Linn-Hert Geib Funeral Home & Crematory - New Philadelphia

116 2nd St. NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Linn-Hert Geib Funeral Home & Crematory - New Philadelphia

116 2nd St. NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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