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By a strange twist of fate, the death of Robin T. Turner in Breathitt County, Kentucky, resulted many years later in the establishment of Turner-Engle Funeral Home. When Robin T. Turner died, his wife, Nancy Ann (Morris) Turner-Riley brought her three sons, Adams, Dailey, and Taulbee, to the Junior Home in Tiffin, primarily for the educational opportunities. Dailey became an attorney, Taulbee a successful restaurant owner, and Adams A. Turner chose the funeral field as his life's work.

After graduating from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and gaining professional experience, Adams A. Turner founded the Turner Funeral Home. With his wife, Stella I. (Andrews) Turner, the couple served the Tiffin community for many years.

By another twist of fate, one day John Phillip Engle, age 16, happened to pass the funeral home and offered to help Mr. Turner rake leaves. Thus began a long personal and business relationship and the decision for Phil's life work. Following graduation from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Phil served his apprenticeship at Turner Funeral Home, received his license in 1958, and remained as an employee. In May 1959, Phillip married Rayella Turner. Following Adams' untimely death in 1965, Phil and Rayella purchased the business from her mother, Stella Turner, and the name was then changed to Turner-Engle Funeral Home. The Engle Funeral Home of Bettsville was established in 1967. Fifteen years later in 1982.

In December of 1999 Eric and Jennifer moved back to to their home town of Tiffin from Loudonville, OH where Eric had been serving his apprenticeship and started to work for Phil and Rayella. After a few years of working for them Eric and Jennifer bought the funeral homes in Tiffin and Bettsville in January of 2004, later that year they changed the names of the funeral homes to Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory.