Howard’s story began on January 4, 1933. He was born to Harold and
Wilma Turk (Powers) in Milwaukee, WI. He married Jeanette Verna King on
October 13, 1951 in the Norfolk Naval Air Station Chapel in Norfolk, VA.
They would have celebrated 71 years of marriage this year.
Howard was involved in the banking industry with Jeanette. They met
while working at the Bank of Madison in Madison, WI. After Howard’s four
years in the United States Navy in Norfolk, VA, he attended the University
of Wisconsin in Madison and graduated with a Bachelor of Business
Administration. Howard and Jeanette moved to Blair in1963 and managed
the Union Bank of Blair until their retirement in 1996.
Howard was very active in the banking industry and the Blair community.
His passion as a banker was to help the Blair community to prosper.
Howard was also active in Wisconsin state banking serving on numerous
boards such as the Wisconsin Bankers Association and Community
Bankers of Wisconsin. Howard was also an active member of the local
Masonic Lodge, Lion’s Club and Chamber of Commerce.
Howard is survived by his children, Rod Turk (Lisa) of Burke, VA, Kathy
(Daryle) Smith of Scurry, TX and Russ (Linnie) Turk of Fort Atkinson, WI.
He is further survived by seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren,
Kyle (Colby) Smith – Kyler, Kynlee and Colbyn; Andrew (Thais) Turk –
Cecilia and Benjamin; Jonathan (Katherine) Turk; Kody (Brittani) Smith –
Austin and Keston; Aaron (Noel) Turk – baby girl expected 8 August 2022;
Elijah (Hannah) Turk – Ashlyn and James Elias and Chelsey (Morgan)
In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his wife,
Jeanette; his brother, Arnold; his sister, Betty (Turk) Weaver and his
daughter-in-law, Patricia (Rod) Stevens Turk.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alliance of Wisconsin ( or the Grand View Care Center

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
in Blair Lutheran Church West in Blair. Pastor Paul Sannerud will officiate.
Military rites will be conducted by the Knudtson-Mattison American Legion
Post #231. Private family burial will be in the Boscobel Cemetery in
Visitation will be Friday, August 19, 2022 from 5-7 p.m. in the Jack Funeral
Home in Blair where a Masonic service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation
will also be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

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