Joseph Peter (Sappo) Turek, 88, of Davis, WV, departed this life on October 11, 2013. He was born April 3, 1925 in Benbush, WV a son of the late Peter Paul and Nellie Uchic Turek. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Thelma Turek, and four daughters, Carol Turek, Thomas, WV, Debbie (Loman) James of The Villages, Fla., Judi Turek, New Martinsville, WV, and Delores (Brad) Phillips, Thomas, WV. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Jarrod James, Kelly Sovine, Brian Reed, Matt Phillips, Stacy Robinson, and Ashley Phillips, and ten great-grandchildren, Royle Sovine, Kade Harrison, Lydia Sovine, Owen Phillips, Austin Robinson, Kyra Sovine, Logan Robinson, Luke Phillips Trevor Reed, and Shane Reed. He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Stanley, Walter, William, Fred, Johnny, Carl, and Jack, and four sisters, Josie Wotring, Stella Povich, Helen Cook, and Mary Vincent. He is survived by one sister, Dorothy Breth. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He had a special place in his heart for two grand dogs, “Molly”, departed, and “Libby”.
He worked and retired from Consol after 35 years in the mines. He was a member of Local 1058 of the United Mine Workers of America, District 31. After his retirement, he did a lot of odd jobs, mainly repairing lawn mowers. He was a kind, humble man, always willing to help others. He liked to hunt squirrels, listen and dance to polka music, and play his accordion.
Friends were received at Hinkle Funeral Home, Saturday, October 12, from 2-8 p.m.. Funeral services were held, 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct 13, at Hinkle Funeral Home with Rev. Neil Parsons officiating. Interment followed in Davis Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. www.hinklefuneralhome.com