Eugene Turner, 1931-2017

Published 10:11 am Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Eugene “Sparky” J. Turner 86, of Marinette, Wisconsin, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at home with his daughter, Barb, by his side.

Eugene was born on Feb. 4, 1931, to the late Herman and Thelma (Fair) Turner in Albert Lea. He enlisted at 18 and obtained his GED through the service. Eugene served his country for 21 years in the Air Force, serving in Korea, Saudi Arabia, Greenland and Tripoli, Libya. He retired in 1971. He had a love for jets and co-piloting helicopters. After his service he worked as a security guard at Wilson & Co. and as a truck driver for Brit Gravel.

Eugene Turner

Eugene Turner

He was a past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles club and the American Legion. He loved to spend time with his family, Sunday dinners and country music — especially “Hello Walls” and “Big Mamou,” which will be forever in his family’s hearts. He enjoyed fishing, camping, woodworking, the outdoors, eagles and time with friends and socializing.

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Eugene is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Dave) Powell of Marinette and Teresa (Tim) Yackel of St. James; brother, Richard (Marilyn) Lincoln, of Columbia Heights; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Turner-Turvold of Albert Lea, Jacob (Lisa) Larson of Carol, Iowa, Jenelle (Nathan Frank) Turner of Menominee, Michigan, Tasha Turner of St.James, Tom Powell of Converse, Texas, and TJ Turner, Doni Mae Yackel and Lita Yackel, all of St. James; and 10 great-grandchildren, Dominic, Destiny, Octavious, Blayze, Lisa, Bella, Faith, Jayveon, Javonte and Tylre.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Roy Lincoln; three sisters, Bernadette, Janice and Joyce; and a grandson, Tyler Turner.

Burial with military honors will be provided by Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, followed by a celebration of life with fishing and Sunday dinner at Edgewarter Park in Albert Lea. The dates will be announced. Thielen Funeral Homein Marinette  is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Rescare — especially Laurita, Cindy and Kirby; Almost Family — especially Bobbi and Bill; friends from the zoo in Albert Lea — especially Diane and Jill; and all of the certified nursing assistants and caregivers over the past three years who have helped Eugene in some way.