John Turan

John “Jack” Turan, 77, of Motley died at his home on August 4, 2017 after a brave battle with mesothelioma, diagnosed three months ago.

Memorial Services will be held at the Lincoln Evangelical Free Church, Cushing at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 with Pastor Jim Brown officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

John Michael Turan was born October 20, 1939 in Minneapolis to John and Elizabeth (Olson) Turan. He attended Richfield Elementary School and Edison High School in Minneapolis. On May 14, 1961 he married Carol Ziebarth in Minneapolis. John’s great love of horses led him to train and show them. He also had a love for working with leather and worked at Carlbom Harness Store in Minneapolis for many years. While living in rural Chaska he continued training horses and also worked as a service manager for Ken-Ray Chevrolet. He attended Fisher Body School and became a body shop manager for the same dealership. When the company closed, the family moved to rural Delano where he continued to have horses and started raising exotic pheasants. He even raised a buffalo calf to maturity. Not likely to be indoors he started driving semi over the road and was always home with the family on weekends.

He moved to Hebron, Nebraska with his family in 1975 to a 16-acre hobby farm (leaving the buffalo behind). He drove truck until 1989. He owned “Jack’s Leather Repair” in Hebron, NE in 1987 selling and repairing boots and saddles. He enjoyed restoring old vintage saddles back to their original state. John retired in 2006 selling the business. He and Carol moved back to Minnesota in 2008, where he enjoyed fishing, the great outdoors and especially feeding all the wildlife. His love for animals was unending.

Jack is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons, Timothy (Julie) and Scott (Lisa); three grandchildren, Paige, Cody (Courtney) and Ali (Blake); three great-grandchildren, Braylee, Easton and Kegan; three brothers and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

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