James John Turbes was born August 5, 1925 to Hubert and Mary (Grausam) Turbes on the family farm in rural Springfield, MN. He served in the Army from 1944-1945. On November 12, 1960, Jim was united in marriage to Cyrilla Fischer at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield. The couple farmed in Brookville Township, where Jim had lived since he was born and retired in the fall of 1985. The couple then moved to Grand Rapids, MN for several years and enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening, and visiting with friends. The couple moved back to Springfield in 1988 and in March of 2013, they moved to Countryside Assisted Living in Sleepy Eye. Jim and Cyrilla enjoyed traveling especially several trips to Branson and a trip to Alaska, card playing and visiting with relatives and friends. He loved time with his granddaughters who called him “Papa Wee”. He was a member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and the Springfield American Legion.
Jim died on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Sleepy Eye Care Center at the age of 89.
He is survived by daughters - Patricia (Ken) Hemmingsen and Jean (Nick) Frank; granddaughters - Shari (Caleb Hays) and Alison; many nieces and nephews and special cousin Joan Grausam. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife Cyrilla in April 2013; brothers - Leo (Myrtle), Ed (Emma), Florian (Gertrude), Matt (Eleanor), George (Mary), Raymond (Annabelle), Vesty (Myrtle), Vic (Doris); and sister Loretta (Ted) Wenisch.
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