RICHMOND HEIGHTS —
Eugene Edward Turner, age 83, formerly of Jefferson, Ohio, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014, at his home.
He was born Sept. 2, 1930, in Toledo, the son of Eugene D. and Catherine (Flint) Turner and had been an area resident most of his life. A Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served from 1949 to 1953 before being honorable discharged. On Dec. 3, 1955, he married the love of his life, Yvonne Beck, and together they have shared over 58 years of devotion to each other.
Prior to his retirement, he worked 30 years for Union Carbide/Elkem Metals as a furnace operator. He served as a union officer for several years with the AFL-CIO during this time.
A member of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of AA, he was a sponsor and inspiration to many who were trying to recover and better their situation.
A formidable boxer in his younger years, he loved bowling and was involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters for many years. He also loved to cook and was known by many for his fantastic barbeque ribs and grilled specialties.
His survivors include his beloved wife, Yvonne Turner; seven children, Delano (Darcy) Turner of Geneva, Rhonda (Kenneth) Butts of Portsmouth, Va., Donna (Charles) Keyes and Stephen (Barbara) Turner, both of Las Vegas, NV, Gloria Turner of Orlando, FL, Beverly Miller of Richmond Heights and Richard (Lynette) Turner of Las Vegas, Nev.; 43 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his step-mother, Genevieve Turner of Marietta; and three sisters, Della Tyus of Jefferson, Roberta Edwards of Akron and Essie (Alanzo) Winfrey of Columbus; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Vincent M. Butts; two brothers, Howard and Marion Turner; and his parents.
Calling Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a Service to follow at 12 p.m., Noon, on Saturday, June 7th, at the Gateway Church, 2300 Austinburg Road, Ashtabula. Bishop Ronald Ferebee, of Evangel Temple Holiness Church, Cleveland, Ohio, will officiate. Burial will be in Denmark Cemetery, Clay Road, with Full Military Honors.
As an alternative to flowers, contributions may be made to the family.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, is in charge of arrangements. Obituary and condolences at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.