Raphael F. "Butch" TurbakDecember 16, 1927 ~ October 18, 2017 (age 89)
Raphael F. ‘Butch” Turbak, age 89, of Kranzburg, SD, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at the hospital in Watertown. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg. The celebrant will be Fr. Ken Koster. Music will be provided by the church choir accompanied by Eileen Lindner on the organ. The family is requested to meet at the church on Monday by 10:00 a.m. for a prayer service.
Visitation will be at the church in Kranzburg on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. with a Scripture Wake Service at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Rosary. Visitation will continue on Monday prior to services at the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel of Watertown.
Burial will take place at the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Kranzburg. Pallbearers will be Butch’s grandsons: Alex Turbak, Blake Turbak, Jon Turbak, Michael Turbak, Adam Turbak and Dave Turbak.
Butch was born on December 16, 1927, at home in Kranzburg, SD, to Albert and Anna (Schweinfurt) Turbak. He grew up in Kranzburg, attended Holy Rosary Grade School, and graduated from Goodwin High School in 1945. Butch started trapping at the age of twelve, which led to the beginning of Turbak Brothers Mink Ranch. This was his career for over fifty years.
On April 12, 1950, Butch married Dorothy Johnson at St. Francis Catholic Church in Estelline, SD. They lived in Kranzburg their entire married life. Butch and Dorothy were blessed with eight children.
He was active in the Catholic Order of Foresters and also served as President of the South Dakota Mink Association. The mink ranch had received many awards through the years from various mink breeders associations, including top prize at the International Mink Show. For years he was an avid bowler on the Turbak Brothers bowling team, which included their dad. Butch loved spending time with his family hunting, fishing and camping. He and Dorothy loved to attend all the sporting events that their kids and grandkids were involved in. Family was very important to him.
Butch is survived by his eight children: Debbie (Denny) Bohls and Randy (Linda) Turbak all of Rapid City, SD, Roger (Lissa) Turbak of Watertown, Jolene (Dan) Schulte of Lincoln, NE, Eric (Kathy) Turbak of Kranzburg, Cindy (John) Hopper and Ken (Kim)Turbak all of Watertown and Paul (Monica) Turbak of Arlington, SD; 25 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Melvin Turbak of Watertown and Larry Turbak of Kranzburg; and three sisters: Mary Lou Johnson of Spearfish, SD, Maxine Smith of Gainsville, FL and Janice Hubbard of Rapid City.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, on May 13, 2009; one great-granddaughter; his parents; three brothers; and three sisters.