July 31, 1970 – Oct. 31, 2020
Lawrence Wayne “Larry” Turnbull, 50, of Traverse City, Mich. and Springfield, Ill., passed away peacefully on Oct. 31, 2020 at Munson Hospice House.
Larry was born in Hollywood, Fla. to the late Harry Joseph and Katherine Ellen (Fritz) Turnbull. He graduated from the Florida School for the Blind in 1990. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from DeVry Institute of Technology. He worked for the American Council of the Blind and was the director of ACB Radio. He traveled nationally and internationally to broadcast conventions for the blindness community. He also worked for Lake States Insurance in Traverse City.
Larry spent much of his time volunteering. He loved to stay busy. He enjoyed spending time with friends and DJing for different radio stations and private parties. He was involved in countless groups and organizations for the blind community, and held the position of treasurer for the Illinois Council of the Blind. Also, Larry was a devoted Democrat and was really hoping for a Biden win.
Larry was very mechanically talented, and everybody always depended on Larry to fix things. He was a good, dependable human and loyal friend, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Larry is preceded in death by his dad Harry, and stepbrothers Harry Jr. Turnbull and Robert “Robbie” Turnbull. He is survived by his mom Katherine Turnbull, life-long best friend Rachel Schroeder and her daughter Delaney, stepbrother Jerry (Vicky) Turnbull, stepsister-in-law Jann Knox, his beloved guide dog JT, his cat BoJo, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Private family services will take place at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Illinois Council of the Blind, PO Box 1336, Springfield, IL 62705 or Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc., 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221.
You are invited to share thoughts and memories with Larry’s family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.