Andrew Turnbull | Aug. 6, 1950 - April 10, 2013

Valpo man was kind, thoughtful

2013-05-29T00:00:00Z Valpo man was kind, thoughtfulCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent
May 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Andrew Turnbull was an intelligent man who worked hard to provide for his family, said his daughter, Sandy Zeiters.

“There weren’t many questions you could come to him with that he didn’t have an answer,” she said. “He took care of his loved ones to his fullest extent. If we needed his help, the answer would never be no.”

Andrew Turnbull, 62, of Valparaiso, died April 10. He is survived by his wife, Marie Turnbull. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Olga Turnbull, in 1994.

He was an Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. He served in the Howitzer Battery, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, which was known as the Blackhorse Regiment.

He worked 43 years for ArcelorMittal-Burns Harbor, retiring as an operating technician.

“He was not one to even call off sick. His work ethic was like no other,” Zeiters said.

He loved to fish, and he taught Zeiters how to bait her own hook.

“I think this was his release from all his work,” she said.

Turnbull loved to travel, and he took his family all around the country, including trips to Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. They also took numerous trips to Disney World and Disneyland.

“He took as many extra shifts as he could so we could enjoy a good life,” she said.

Zeiters said her father was extremely generous. He bought her a car and paid for her college.

“I was very lucky to have all the financial help he provided, as others do not get that lucky when they are starting out in life,” she said.

He also loved to be a grandfather, she said.

“He loved his granddaughter, and he loved to play jokes on her and hide her toys,” she said. “He loved picking out Christmas gifts for her. He bought her her first bike for Christmas.”

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