Col. Wil­liam P. Turpin IV

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SIL­VER SPRING — Col. Wil­liam P. Turpin IV, U.S. Army Re­tired, died on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14,

2018, in his home, at the age of 82.

Bill en­joyed a full and won­der­ful life which be­gan on Oc­to­ber 29,

1936. He was born to Wil­liam P. Turpin III and Vir­ginia Kroll Turpin, in Schofield Bar­racks, HI.

Due to his fa­ther’s mil­i­tary ca­reer, he moved fre­quently, at­tend­ing sec­ond grade in Cen­tre­ville, which is when he first fell in love with Lo­cust Hill Farm, a love af­fair that would last a life­time.

Bill was a Boy Scout, sailor, and a pole vaulter who grew up in Man­has­set, NY. Turpin was ed­u­cated at Mercers­berg Academy in PA, West Point (’59) and the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee be­fore he be­gan his ca­reer in the in­fantry, fol­low­ing in his fa­ther’s foot­steps. He served one tour in Viet Nam and was awarded the com­bat in­fantry­man’s badge. He was also sta­tioned in Saudi Ara­bia, Ger­many, and Hong Kong and other U.S. bases. In 1964, Bill mar­ried Dianne Klebe Turpin and they had two daugh­ters, Tori and Kate, and later di­vorced in 1981. He loved his role as a fa­ther, teach­ing his daugh­ters to sail, ice skate, and to en­thu­si­as­ti­cally en­joy life. Bill later sold life in­sur­ance for North­west­ern Mu­tual Life as a Char­tered Life Un­der­writer and worked with his friend, Dave Stan­ton, sell­ing Aqua Cats for Amer­i­can Sail­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

On June 1, 1990, he mar­ried his beloved wife, Ann Clark­son Turpin. To­gether they turned Lo­cust Hill into a Bed and Break­fast and hosted friends and fam­ily. They en­joyed their dogs, tend­ing to the gar­dens, lawn and fam­ily ceme­tery. He de­lighted in singing with the Ch­ester River Cho­rale which Ann di­rected. They es­sen­tially danced to­gether for 28 years. He adored Ann and fre­quently said his life was com­plete with her as his wife.

Bill was a word­smith who kept jour­nals and wrote mem­oirs. He pub­lished ar­ti­cles in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mag­a­zine, and es­tate plan­ning ar­ti­cles for the Del­marva Farmer. Bill knew many jokes, loved a good laugh, and used words to find joy­ful puns and played with words with re­lated mean­ings in dif­fer­ent lan­guages. His easy laugh­ter was his hall­mark.

For­eign lan­guage was a pas­sion for Bill. He took classes and stud­ied lan­guage through his 70’s and par­tic­i­pated in the lo­cal French Club and founded the Ger­man Club in Ch­ester­town. He trav­eled and used lan­guage for work and to con­nect with friends and strangers alike. But he was hap­pi­est at Lo­cust Hill, his fam­ily’s farm in Cen­tre­ville, MD, where he lived from

1976 to 2018. He lov­ingly main­tained the farm for 42 years, al­ways grate­ful to get to live in his fam­ily home (since 1812).

Bill was an ac­tive mem­ber of St. Paul’s Church serv­ing as a lay Eucharis­tic min­is­ter, usher, choir mem­ber and man­ager. He also led the suc­cess­ful fight by Cit­i­zens Against the Power Plant in

1977 help­ing to pro­tect the county from be­ing the site for a nu­clear plant. He loved peo­ple and main­tained many rich friend­ships over the course of his life.

Bill was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, mother, and brother, John (Jack) Kroll Turpin. He is sur­vived by his beloved wife Ann Clark­son Turpin, of Sil­ver Spring, MD; his two daugh­ters and their fam­i­lies: Vic­to­ria (Tori) Turpin Nor­ton, her hus­band Mike, and their sons, Ben and Ted, of Yar­mouth, ME; and Kathryn (Kate) Turpin Mana­han and her hus­band Tim and their sons, Jansen and Owen, of Ken­neb­unk, ME; sis­ter-in-law, Margie Turpin; nephew, John Dil­lon Turpin, of Far Hills, NJ; along with a num­ber of lov­ing rel­a­tives.

Wil­liam P. Turpin was in­terred in his fam­ily ceme­tery at Lo­cust Hill Farm, Cen­tre­ville, MD, on Dec. 15 and memo­rial ser­vice will be held at St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Par­ish at

11 a.m. on Fri­day, Dec. 21. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be sent to St. Paul’s Church, 301 S. Lib­erty St., Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617.


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