George A. Turpening, Jr., 97, of Toledo, passed away on March 29, 2022, at his home of nearly 60 years, surrounded by his loving children. He was born in Toledo September 8, 1924 to Goldie May (Beer) and George A. Turpening, Sr.
Having lost both parents at a young age, George and his sister Helen were then raised by their brother Garth, who stepped into the role of parent for his younger siblings. George enlisted in the US Navy at age 17, and proudly served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater, engaging in combat in the Tarawa and Kwajalein Atolls. Upon returning home to Toledo after his four years of service, George's path led him to the love of his life, Marian, and they were married on February 4, 1950. Throughout nearly 70 years together, George and Marian enjoyed a full and active life, that included travel to places such as Japan, the Bahamas, and Las Vegas, attending Studebaker Drivers Club events throughout the midwest in either his Hawk or Lark, as well as enjoying their family during frequent gatherings and holiday celebrations. Automotive interests led to George's employment at Rubini Motors, where he spent 40 years as General Manager and Vice President of Rubini Enterprises. Through his connections at Rubini, he was introduced to the Reynolds Corners Rotary Club, which he joined in 1962. George was a Paul Harris Fellow and held numerous club officer positions over the years, including serving as the club's president.
George is survived by his children, Terrence (Peg) Turpening, Kelly (Dave) Rejent, and George (Julie) Turpening III; sister-in-law, Nina Leitzy; and brother-in-law Sam Hoover; grandchildren, Kerry (Mike) Burgdorfer, Pete Rejent, Sarah Turpening, Karen (Andrew) Dziengelewski, Kylie (Rob) Sislowski, Phil (Leslie) Mahaney; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Liam, Bryce, Sam, Kristopher, Allison, Camren, Crystal, Jonathan, and Oliver; and great-great-granddaughter, Lily. George was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marian in 2019; his older brother, Garth; and sister-in-law, Catherine; his sister, Helen; and his nephew, Larry Turpening.
The family would like to thank Ohio Living Hospice for the great care they provided in George's final days, especially Tiffanie, Nicole, and Kathie — who had also been a long-time caregiver to Marian, so was a special comfort to George and the family. They would also like to thank the caring staff at the Elizabeth Scott Community, where George had recently had a stay.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 7, 2022, 2:00–8:00 p.m. at Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Home, 2426 N. Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH 43615. Funeral services will be Friday, April 8, 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment at Toledo Memorial Park.
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