Herbert Edward “Ed” Turk, aged 75 years, entered Heaven’s gates on December 7, 2020 in Livingston, Texas after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Ed was born on March 11, 1945 in Itasca, TX to Herbert Cooper Turk and Mary Faye (Cypert) Turk. He spent his early years on a cotton farm in rural Hill County. The family moved to Jal, NM when he was 5. He loved telling his grandchildren stories about growing up in an early gas field town on the open range desert of southeastern New Mexico.
After graduating from Jal High School in 1963, Ed moved to Fort Worth to attend drafting school and began working at Tri County Electric Cooperative in Azle, TX. While he only stayed at the coop for a few years, this began a career in rural electrification that spanned nearly 45 years.
Ed joined Cornelius-Pierce Consulting Engineers in 1975 and retired as a partner in 2007. More than the work, Ed enjoyed the people that he worked with at C-PCE and the electric cooperatives of East Texas. He made many lifelong friends at the cooperatives.
In February of 1968 Ed married the love of his life, Bobbie Jo (Harrison) Turk. They made their home in Benbrook, TX until moving to Center, TX to be closer to their grandchildren.
Ed was active in Benbrook United Methodist Church before moving to Center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing trips to New Mexico and spending time with his grandchildren, who knew him as “Be-Be”.
An outdoor funeral service will be held graveside at Hillcrest Garden of Memory in Hillsboro, TX at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 12. An outdoor viewing and visitation will begin at 1:00 PM at the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Larry Warren, Michael Warren, Bart Bauer, Steve Waters, Jack Vickers and Mark Healer
Arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, TX.
Ed is preceded in death by his mother, father, and wife of 50 years.
In addition to a host of extended family, Ed is survived by:
Son: Doug Turk and wife, Angie, of Livingston
Grandchildren: Maggie Turk and Eddie Turk of Livingston
Sister: Wanda Lou Cook of San Angelo
Brother-in-Law: Dr. David Harrison and wife, Dr. Kelly Harrison, of Blacksburg, VA
Niece: Prissy (Cook) McCollum and husband, Steve, of San Angelo
Nephews: John David Cook of San Angelo
Nathan Harrison and wife, Stephanie, of Christiansburg, VA
K.C. Harrison and fiancée, Catherine Heindel, of Blacksburg, VA
Great Nieces: Lauren McCollum of San Antonio and Harper Harrison of Christiansburg
Great Nephews: Liam Edward Harrison of Christiansburg
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Benbrook United Methodist Church in Benbrook, TX or First United Methodist Church of Center, TX.