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Turples win dream home

Years of contributing to the Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home have come back in spades for a legendary Red Deer Honda dealer and his wife.

Glenn and Joyce Turple have purchased tickets all 33 dream homes offered since the project was first launched, while the family business, Turple Bros. Ltd., has contributed to the prize package, including the brand new Sea-Doo offered this year.

Still in a minor state of shock after a group from the Kinsmen club came to their door to make the announcement, the Turples walked through the front door of their new home shortly before 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, where they were greeted by a spontaneous round of applause.

Few in the room were more tickled than the man whose company built the home.

Phil Neufeld, owner of True-Line Homes, bought his first motorcycle in 1974 from Glenn Turple and his brother, the late Rex Turple, when he was 14 years old.

Now 51 and still a Turple Bros. client, Neufeld said it’s “neat” to see the prize go so someone who has supported it “forever.”

However, he expressed doubts that the Turples would move into the home, although he believes its layout including an open-style kitchen and dining area and main-floor laundry would work as well for seniors as it would for a couple with a family.

Glenn Turple, 83 confirmed Neufeld’s hunch as he and Joyce entered the home they had both inspected during the annual campaign.

While Joyce suggested that they could live on the main floor and use the basement for visiting family, her husband did not mince words in expressing his feelings about moving in.

“It’s not a senior’s home,” he said.

“I guess it will got up for sale. I’ll talk to Phil about that.”

Most importantly, the new home’s two-car attached garage doesn’t have as much space for vehicles as the Sunnybrook home in which the couple have lived for the past 45 years.

“We moved in in 66. It was our dream home,” said Glenn.

“We’ve got almost a four-stall garage, for one thing. One for the truck, one for the car and one for six motorcycles.”

That extra big garage is especially important to Turple who, as of New Year’s Eve, had clocked 965,000 miles (1.54 million kilometres) on his Hondas and plans to get to a million before he quits.

Located at 20 Sisson Ave, the 2,600-square-foot dream home is valued at $587,000, said Scott Bourke, chairman of the 2011 dream home campaign.

Draws were also made for subsidiary prizes, including vacation packages, massage chairs, a 2012 Dodge Challenger and the Turple Bros. Sea-Doo.

The Kinsmen and their supporters sold 9,838 of the 14,000 tickets available for the 2011 draw, well ahead of last year when the campaign made only $150,000 more than it needed to meet its obligations, said Bourke.

Each week during the campaign, the Kinsmen provide $10 per ticket sold to a different group of charities. The balance is used to support other Kinsmen projects.

— copyright Red Deer Advocate



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