Stephen Turshen

Stephen "Steve" Turshen

1937 - 2019

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Obituary of Stephen Turshen

Lt. Col. Stephen B. Turshen, United States Air Force - Retired, died at Porter Hospice Johnson Center in Littleton, Colorado on December 3, 2019 at the age of 82 after a brief but valiant battle against pancreatic cancer.  Steve served his country for twenty years, logging 8,000 hours of flying time as a transport pilot, coordinating air operations and strategic airlifts, and instructing younger pilots.  Some of his greatest friendships and memories arose from his time with the 6th Military Airlift Squadron, fondly known as the Bully Beef Express.  Steve obtained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from Boston University in 1959 and a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University in 1979.  His memory will be a blessing to those who loved him for his commitment to travel near and far to be with family and treasured friends, wearing his signature USAF Retired hat with its numerous pins, obsessively watching movies, searching for undiscovered airplanes and tagging along or sitting around sharing stories, space, and a nice meal with the people he loved.  Steve is remembered by his beloved grandchildren, Clara and Jake Schroepfer of Denver, Colorado; daughters Kate Schroepfer and her husband Matt Schroepfer of Denver, Colorado and Rebekah Turshen and her husband Harry Underwood of Nashville, Tennessee from his marriage to Laura Haynes Turshen; and sister Marcia Andrus and her husband Dr. Lawrence J. Andrus of South Windsor, Connecticut.  Memorial contributions can be made to The Denver Film Society, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America or the American Cancer Society.  Funeral services will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019 with burial to follow. 


To those who wish to attend Steve's service, please be at Fort Logan Staging Area "A" by 8:45AM, Friday, December 6, 2019.


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Service Information

9:00 am
Friday, December 6, 2019
Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Avenue
Denver, Colorado, United States

Interment Information

Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 West Kenyon Avenue
Denver, Colorado, United States