James (Jim) Merrill Turley passed away December 10, 2019.
Born November 2, 1938, Jim grew up on White Eye Valley Farm in Scott County, Indiana. He earned a BS in Agriculture at Purdue University
and became a commissioned officer in the US Army upon graduation in 1961. In the Army, he continued his education with an MBA from Babson Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and in military institutes and programs including Transportation Basic and Advanced courses, Logistics Executive Development, and the Command and General Staff College.
In 1964 he married Mary Jo Meyer and they began married life at Fort Riley, Kansas. Jim never forgot his farming roots, but he found a new home in the Army and served for 23 years. The family moved many times to posts as far as Hawaii and Germany. In 1981 Jim and family moved to West Lafayette, where he was assigned at his alma mater Purdue as Professor of Military Science. The family made the area their permanent home after Jim's retirement from the Army in 1984 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
While known as a family man to those close to him, he performed many roles in the Army including deployment in Berlin during the Cuban...