Charles “Charlie” Turpin, 75, of Seymour, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Jennings Healthcare Center, North Vernon.
Born April 13, 1939, in Bloomfield, he was the son of Everett and Daisy Turpin.
Charlie was 9 years old when his father died and his mother gave him up to foster care. Following several difficult experiences there, he spent many years at Muscatatuck State Hospital at Butlerville. When released, he first came to Columbus and then was placed in a group home in Seymour. With some training and coaching, he was able to live independently in an apartment in Seymour until one year before his death.
His success in living independently was due in large part to the Rev. Robert Lewis, the Rev. Joe Palat, the Rev. Sam Davenport and the Rev. Candace Brown. Denver Gray, Bill Baughman, Dave Laitinen and Edie Otte were faithful caregivers as well. Dave and Ann Windley and the Windley family considered Charlie a dear friend.
He was a member of Central Christian Church in Seymour and served as a deacon and sang in the choir. He loved his church and considered church members his family. He will be remembered for his love of God and the living of his life bravely.
He enjoyed his time and his friends at the Eagles Club in Seymour.
Charlie is survived by a brother, Leroy Turpin, and a sister, Ruth Turpin of Bloomington.
A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday on Charlie’s 76th birthday at Central Christian Church, Seymour.
Voss & Sons handled the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the church.
Burial will be at Worthington Cemetery, beside his dad.