Virgil Turk

Date of Death: Jun 22, 2018
Virgil Turk

1930 - 2018

Virgil David Turk passed away Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, WI.

Virgil was born October 29, 1930 in Black Earth, WI, the son of Russell and Wanda Danz Turk. He attended Black Earth Public Elementary and High School and graduated in 1948 as class salutatorian. He recently celebrated his 70th class reunion. On November 9, 1950 he married Marguerite Mary Weis in Galena, IL. They celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Virgil was a man of many talents and skills. From an early age he showed an intense interest in working with his hands to make things and learned how things worked. He was fascinated with anything mechanical. He had an inquisitive mind and never stopped learning. Virgil could fix anything. In his younger years he was a Boy Scout where he was the troop bugler. He also played cornet in the school band and played Taps for funerals.

After graduation, he drove a dump truck for his uncle. Virgil was a master carpenter and built his first home in Black Earth in 1953. He worked in residential construction in the Madison area from 1949-1975. In 1975 he started working for the State of Wisconsin and worked for the State Correctional Institution in Waupun as a carpenter foreman from 1977 until he retired in 1992. While working at the prison he also trained to be a locksmith. Virgil was a life-long member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 314.

Virgil was an expert marksman and used his skills target shooting. In 1963 he was a member of championship Wisconsin four-man rifle team. He was a long-time member of the Vermont (Township) Rifle Club, the Black Earth and Madison indoor rifle teams, and the Blue River outdoor rifle team. He competed in many shooting competitions, and won numerous awards and trophies with small-bore and high-power rifles.

He enjoyed traveling, making seven trips to Germany with various friends and family members, and was able to explore the home of his ancestors and meet relatives still living there. He also traveled to Scotland and even met the challenge of driving on the left side of the road. Virgil always enjoyed driving, and took many drives for the pleasure of it. He made several trips through the western U.S. and Canada, and once stepped foot in Mexico. For about ten years he owned motorcycles and he and Marguerite took trips on them.

Virgil had a keen interest in aviation and in 2009 he was able to accomplish his dream of flying in a B-17. In addition, he made a flight in a glider in Prescott, AZ. He also spent hours watching wildlife and birds in his yard. He waited for the screech owls to nest in the boxes in his backyard and after they fledge, he monitored the activity of the wood ducks who moved in. He also welcomed a number of cats into his home over the years and doted on them.

After retirement, Virgil was known for his immaculate yard, kept in pristine condition with his beloved John Deere tractors. He left a lasting legacy of woodworking projects, creating many beautiful pieces of furniture and special request items for his family, friends, and church. As he worked on these projects, he often used his extensive repertoire of color language. He was meticulous, detail oriented, and was a skilled mathematician. Everything had to be perfect. He also spent many mornings with his coffee buddies, solving important global problems.

Virgil was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun and a current member of the City of Waupun Board of Review. He was a much loved husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, and friend.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Marguerite; son, Brian (Sharon) Turk of Springfield, IL; daughter, Yvonne (Terry) Stults of Waupaca, WI; grandchildren: Matthew and Kristina Turk, Kurt Buchholz, Heidi (Todd) Buchholz-Schmidt, Kathleen (Leigh Ann) Cherny, and Adrian Bouressa; four great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; thirteen step-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Darlene Turk and Barbara (William) Beckman; a brother, Gene (Karalee) Turk; four sisters-in-law; and two beloved cats, Puss and Boots.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Allen Turk; sister, Ardis Walstad; granddaughter, Andrea Turk; three brothers-in-law; a sister-in-law; and numerous cats.


In accordance to Virgil’s wishes there will be no public service. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Special Thanks

Thank you to the staff at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac for their tender care of Virgil in his final days, and their compassion for his family.

Memorial Contributions

Memorials may be directed to the Waupun Area Animal Shelter or Aves Wildlife Alliance in Neenah, WI.



  1. Jackie Schaller Says: June 24, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Marguerite and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

    Jackie Schalker
    (Audrey’s Daughter)

  2. Terry Pribbenow Says: June 24, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I was the plumber at the walls and worked with Virgil. Enjoyed his tales of his shooting adventures. I will always remember Virgil as a good guy and fun to be around.

  3. Christine Ewerdt Says: June 25, 2018 at 10:47 am

    I live a few blocks down the street from the Turks and Virgil was such a bright spot on my walks. He was always so kind to me – always happy – always smiling. He would even take time to pet my dog and talk sweet to him, not afraid to let people see what a big heart he had. His humor and wit were second to none – nothing got by him and he never missed a chance to crack a joke to make someone else laugh.

    I sure am going to miss him. My walks won’t be the same.

    To his family: you have my deepest sympathy. He truly was the nicest man in town. You were blessed to have had him for 87 years – I’m sorry it couldn’t have been more.

  4. Dawn Danz-Hale Says: June 26, 2018 at 11:56 am

    So sorry to learn of Cousin Virgil’s passing. No doubt he is cracking jokes and telling wonderful stories in his new home…

    Sending our love and sincere condolences at this sad time.

  5. Darlene Dolgner Says: June 27, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Virgil was a big reason Marj and I would go for coffee every wed morning! He always had a smile on his face and a few jokes to tell. We will miss him dearly. My sympathy to all of his family.

  6. Pam Barsness Says: July 3, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Betty and Pam Barsness are so sad to learn of Virgil’s passing. Betty was a high school classmate of Virgil’s and Pam recently met Virgil and Marguerite. We were lucky to see their home and spend some quality time with them after we all had lunch at Walkers restaurant earlier this year – we are very grateful for that special time. We want to extend our condolences to Marguerite and their family. Our heart and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

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