Obituary for Larry Turnipseed |

Obituary for Larry Turnipseed

Larry Turnipseed

Larry Clyde Turnipseed left his earthly home all too suddenly near sunset on Aug. 15, 2014. He was 61.

A riverside memorial in “The Little Town” of Washington, Calif., is planned at the beach near the Washington Road Bridge crossing on the South Yuba River at high noon on Sunday, Sept. 7.

Bring a flower to place on the river’s edge, a simple picnic lunch, beverage and beach blanket.

Larry was the first son of Clyde and Dorothy Ross Turnipseed from Iowa. They met, married and settled in San Jose and raised three children. Larry attended and graduated from high school in Campbell.    

Larry married Rorie Lin Gotham 24 years ago; they worked and resided in Oakland while having a second home in Grass Valley. They moved up to this area to be closer to rivers and mountains, after Larry was hired on as a master machinist.

He labored for the Mulay family at Electronic Carbide on Loma Rica Drive for nearly 20 years and helped make their business the success it is today. Larry was known by his co-workers as the “tool man” for he frequently made his own tools to suit the needs of custom jobs.

Many of his co-workers found him to be clever and inspiring because of his focus and generosity in sharing his craft and skills and relied on his input and experience in the trade. He previously worked at Wiltron in Morgan Hill, Calif.

Larry’s joy of ingenuity came from his curious mind particularly when there was a challenge, whether it be in his work environment, at home doing carpentry or rock work, in metal fabrication or designing something new for his sports activities or just for fun.

He loved working with his hands and putting his creative juices to use.

Larry was an expert class IV-V white-water boater and found it rewarding to be paddling on the South Yuba in his own backyard. He was an avid downhill skier and enjoyed participating in Mountain Man Rendezvous events.

Larry shared sharp-shooting activities with his Team Three buddies, had fun quading with his neighbors while exploring abandoned mines in the nearby mountains.

He had a great time being outdoors and shared this passion with Rorie Lin and so many of their friends. Their journeys and travels were plentiful and they just returned from a “bucket list” trip to Alaska on July 1.

He is survived by his sister Janice Nicholls and brother Rick Turnipseed both of San Jose, along with a niece, Cheryl and four nephews, Larry II, Robert, Timothy and Nathaniel.

This gentle giant of a man made a difference is so many people’s lives as he shared his talents in every way he could.

Larry is deeply missed by his family, friends and outdoor buddies, his pup Eddy and his partner Rorie Lin.  

There is a silent still void in the place where he once stood.

Our heartfelt thank you to all those who have and continued to provide comfort and help during this sad and challenging time.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, American Whitewater Association or South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL).

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