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Willet Cemetery
Wednesday August 26th, 2015
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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K.L. Sharp Funeral Home
Thursday August 27th, 2015

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Alfred H. Turshman

Alfred H. Turshman, 81, of German, NY, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY.  His death resulted from having been lost in the area surrounding his farm.  Numerous rescuers and searchers, including family, firemen, Civil Air Patrol, and several State agencies were involved in the eight-day search.

Alfred was born in Metuchen, NJ on May 3, 1934, a son of the late Kurt and Elizabeth Turshman.  His parents were immigrants from Germany, and his first language was German.  Alfred developed a love of farming by working the numerous farms that surrounded his Jersey home.  In 1952, his parents moved to German, NY, where the family farm was established and flourished for many years.  It was also there that he met his future wife of 60 years, Lura Bush, whom he adored and married on June 15, 1954.  Lura predeceased him this past October.

His body reached the point where he could no longer handle the rigors of farming and he turned to his other passion of truck driving.  He opened a gravel bed and trucked gravel and other products throughout the central southern tier.  Eventually, he retired and returned to his parent’s farm in German.

Having lunch and breakfast at the local diners became his routine in retirement.  Especially, Simple Pleasures in Cincinnatus where he could be most often found.  Until his death, he would be found sitting at a table having a pancake or something the ladies prepared for him, waiting for someone he could talk with.  He became a fixture in the village and everyone seemed to know him.

Upon his disappearance, innumerable volunteers came forward to assist in the search and offer support to his family and the searchers.  Thousands of dollars in donations came forth in his name.

Alfred is survived by his sons and their wives, Alfred (Jane), Jr., Geno (Carol Campbell) and Robert (Carol Westfall).  He also leaves behind two brothers, Carl (Gabrielle) of Fayetteville and Eric of Huntington Beach, CA; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Sisters-in-law, Marlene Millward and Patricia Johnston, were also loved members of his extended family.

Funeral services will be held at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Palmer Neumeister officiating.  Burial will be in Westview Cemetery in the Town of German.  The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to the Cincinnatus Fire Department, c/o Robin Neal – Treasurer,  P.O. Box 427, Cincinnatus, NY 13040 or Cincinnatus Emergency Squad, c/o Elaine Oros, 5771 McFarlane Rd., Cincinnatus, NY 13040.  

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all of the agencies and community members who volunteered countless hours in the search for Alfred.  Your generosity and unselfish willingness to go above and beyond will always be remembered.

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Dear Nick,

I was so sad to hear that your grandfather was the lovely man who passed after being lost and then found, but I was moved and pleased to know that he was your grandfather and he had such a lovely grandson. Your family sounds as wonderful as I remember you to be. I pray you and your family are well. Thinking of you and hoping you have peace, Diane Allen O'Heron.

Professor Diane Allen O'Heron, Broome Community College Aug 29 2015 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dawn and Jim Bigney Aug 29 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Praying God will draw you all so close that you will experience the comfort only He can give and keep the cherished memories alive in your hearts. Thinking of you today.

Rob & Leslie Cobb Aug 27 2015 12:00 AM

Our many thoughts and prayers have been with your family this last 10days and all that you have endured. Remember the good times and the many memories you have. God was watching over him the whole time. May God be real to you in the days ahead.

Jerry and Lynne Jack Aug 26 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss, it is never easy to lose a loved one, Prayers for the family.

Esther Bush Slater Aug 26 2015 12:00 AM

Alfred was a strong man who leaves behind a wonderful family and legacy. We are praying for all of you during this difficult time.

Justin Bleuer Aug 25 2015 12:00 AM

With many fond memories of my favorite uncle. Many prayers for comfort and peace for you all. So thankful he was found.

Kelley Borowski Aug 25 2015 12:00 AM

Gabrielle and Carl, I was following this story and thinking of you. I am sorry for your loss.

With sympathy,
Mary Connell

Mary Connell Aug 25 2015 12:00 AM

We have so many wonderful memories with the Turshman family. Big T will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the family.

Buzzy & Cheryl Aug 25 2015 12:00 AM

Al, Geno , Bob & families
You have been in our thoughts and prayers this past week. You have endured much pain & sorrow. We will be praying you feel God's grace and love in the days ahead. Your dad was a kind, strong man. Hold your memories close to your heart.

Phil & Becky Totman Aug 25 2015 12:00 AM

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