Ralph Kenneth "Ken" TURP Jr.

9 February, 194430 May, 2020

Ralph Kenneth “Ken” Turp, Jr.

Forked River - Ralph Kenneth “Ken” Turp, Jr., 76, of Forked River, passed away on May 30, 2020. Born in Burlington, NJ on February 9, 1944, Ken lived most of his adult life in Forked River and a short time in Phillipsburg, NJ. Ken had several careers, but his life passion was sports. Ken was the sports director of WOBM radio station, and a broadcaster for local cable television stations serving the shore area. For many years, Ken was the broadcasting voice of the shore area sports scene, covering football, basketball and wrestling. As a result of his media contributions, Ken is a member of the Central Regional Hall of Fame and the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame. Ken had a circle of friends that included some of the greatest coaches and athletes in shore history. Ken was a founder of the Jersey Shore Summer Basketball League in which he coached. Ken loved attending Army and Penn State football games. Those trips would always include banter of his beloved football program of Syracuse, as well as the Central Regional and Phillipsburg high school programs. Ken’s memory for detail was remarkable and he would often remind coaches, years later, of big plays in their games. A graduate of Rider College, Ken also worked for the accounting firms of Mease, Gorby & Russo, and also Russo & Skinner. Before his most recent employment with Toms River Board of Education, Ken was a Field Manager for Nestle Food Company. Ken was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Ralph Kenneth Turp, Sr. and Elizabeth Turp. Ken is survived by his cousins, Karen Ware of Waterford, NJ, Warren Smith of Atco, NJ and John Turp of Iron Station, NC. Anderson and Campbell, Toms River, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting We ask all who wish to honor Ken’s life to consider a contribution in his memory to either the Forked River Presbyterian Church or the Popcorn Park Zoo.


Ralph Kenneth "Ken" TURP Jr.

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Tom Cesareo

23 September 2020

I worked with Ken at Russo & Skinner, which was my first accounting job while I was still in school. Ken taught me a lot and always had a funny story to tell. I was so sorry to hear of his passing.

Douglas Fleming

12 July 2020

Just learned about Ken. Was a friend and teammate of his since High School in Phillipsburg. We stayed in touch throughout the years.
Condolences to his friends and cousins. RIP Buddy. Will miss you.
Doug and Cheryl Fleming

Diane Polk

23 June 2020

Ken was such a dear man .I delivered his mail for 18 years and we always enjoyed chatting for a few..I knew he had some health issues but he always got thru them..I'll miss you sir..God rest your soul..

Stephanie Hudson

11 June 2020

Ken was a sweet man. He will be missed.
John and Stephanie Hudson

Dennis Di Benedetto

9 June 2020

A great co worker, I will always remeber our sports conversations. His memory for details and his great stories were always interesting and entertaining. He will be missed...

Carolee Villapiano

9 June 2020

To our dear family friend...You will be missed for sure..Thank you for all you did for brother Phil and John during their football careers. Furthermore, for all the kindness you showed to my mother and myself. One hell of a guy. Rest in peace my friend,

Carolee Villapiano

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