Louis D. Turner

01/31/1914 — 01/08/2004

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Denver, Colorado

Louis D. Turner

Louis D. Turner passed away on January 8, 2004 at the Kennewick Life Center. Lou was born January 31, 1914 in Denver, Colo. He graduated from South High School in 1932 and the Colorado School of Mines in 1941. He moved to Richland in 1944 with his wife, Edith and daughter, Jeanie. A son, Paul, and another daughter, Janice were born in Richland. Lou worked for Dupont, General Electric, Battelle Northwest and Westinghouse Hanford before retiring in 1977. After retirement Lou and Edith enjoyed traveling to golf and bowling tournaments throughout the state. Lou also was an active member of two bowling leagues, The Electrical Bowling League and The Senior Bowling League for ten years. Lou joined the Richland Kiwanis Club in 1983 and was elected secretary in 1984, a position he held for ten years until he began going blind. He was president of the Richland Kiwanis Foundation for two years. He continued his membership in Kiwanis, serving on various committees and helping on a variety of projects. Lou was also very active in Salvation Army becoming a Member Emeritus of the Salvation Army Advisory Board after belonging to this group of more than ten years. Lou worked for the Tri-City Food Bank for eight years. He was also a past president of the Columbia Basin Chapter of ASM International. He became active in Key Clubs at Hanford and Richland High Schools because they support and encourage volunteerism. The Turners had been members of Central United Protestant Church since 1945.

In 1992 Lou was diagnosed with macular degeneration. His family and friends admired his courage and determination not to let this disease limit his lifestyle in anyway. He continued to play golf and to bowl with the help of good friends and to find ways to serve his community until his death. In 1994, Lou began serving as a Check Line caller and continued until Dec. 2003. At the age of 86, with the help of family members, he participated in a pen pal program at one of the elementary schools in Richland.
In 2001, Lou began serving as a docent at the Crehst Museeum. This position gave him many opportunities to help educate visitors and guests about the history of this region. He was constantly amazed at the draw the Museum had to people from around the world. In 2003, Lou sold his home on Comstock that he had lived in for 56 years and moved to the Manor at Canyon Lakes. Once again, he took on this new challenge with his usual anticipation of an exciting adventure. Within six months of living there he was elected president of the Town Hall Meetings.

His parents, Lon and Stella Turner of Denver, Colorado and his beloved wife of 59 years, Edith, who passed away on September 6, 2000, preceded him in death, He is survived by his three children; Jeanie and her husband, Gary Anderson, of Vancouver, WA, Paul and his wife, Clemma Turner of Green Valley, AZ, Janice and her husband. Mark Wyatt of North Las Vegas, NV. Six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive Lou.

Donations can be made to Richland Kiwanis Foundation, P O Box 1622, Richland, WA 99352, The Salvation Army, P O Box 1446, Richland, WA 99352 and/or Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Dr., Richland, WA 99352. Lou Turner never met a stranger, served his community, loved his family and friends, and left us all with many wonderful, special memories. We will miss him greatly. We thank God for his life and his love.

Visitation will be held on Sunday January 11 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at Einan’s Funeral Home. Graveside service will be on Monday January 12 at 10:00am at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland followed by a memorial service at 11:00am at Central United Protestant Church.

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  • Don always enjoyed golfing with Lou and Charlie on Wednesday afternoons following the Kiwanis meeting. We send our sympathy.

    The Don Lewis Family
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US
  • Our heart warming condolences to the Turner family.

    I met Lou through his son Paul, who invited me one day to pay golf with the two of them. Although I was not a golfer and struggled that day, Lou was very kind and offered encourgement to stick with the game. Thank you for allowing me to play golf with you that day. It truly was a memorable day.

    Tom Tovar & Family
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • I had the pleasure of calling Lou every Monday morning as a Checkline caller. He was always so cheerful and upbeat. He used to greet me in Spanish and I tried to reply in kind. Then I would say enough, enough and we would have a great laugh about it all. To end our conversation each week I would read him a joke or humorous story. This made a great start for the day for both of us.

    I really miss hearing his laugh and voice every week. He is certainly a role model for aging gracefully.

    Ina Hikido
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Lou was a very good friend of mine whom I have known for many years, maybe 20. He was a fellow Kiwanian and a fellow board member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. Lou asked me to become a member of the Board around 1990. I will miss his participation in both these areas very much. Lou’s devotion to the importance of both organizations was without reservation and I can only hope to extend the same amount of effort. Meg and I would both like to extend our regards to the family and to express our respect for Lou and what he stands for.

    Dave Lewis

    Dave Lewis
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I saw your Dad at a travelog this fall. He was very upbeat about his move. He was always so happy. I am sorry for your loss. Being involved with your family and caring for your Mom is one of my better hospice experiences. God Bless you, Linda

    linda hindmarch
    November 4, 2014
    pasco, WA, US
  • GREAT FRIEND AND GOLF PARTNER. WE HAD MANY GOOD TIMES TOGETHER. WE WILL MISS HIS PLEASANT AND FRIENDLY COMPANY.

    LEONARD GUSTAFSON
    November 4, 2014
    RICHLAND, US
  • Shortly after joining Kiwanis in 2000, I realized I had a wonderful new friend, Lou Turner. We got to know each other, in particular, through Key Club and often went to lunch after the meetings. He had the most disarming way of pulling out one’s thoughts, feelings, ideas that often I had to stop, realize I had been gabbing like a magpie and start firing some questions back at him to learn more about him. Over time I did get to know him quite well, and it was an honor and a privilege. My life is richer for the experience.

    Brenda Stave
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, CA, US
  • The Turner Family:

    It was our pleasure to have known you father grandfather, great grandfather. We truly enjoyed playing cards with your family – just wish we’d won more often. The way he lived his life, loved his family and was envolved in so much that was around him made him such an interesting man. He will be missed by many, including us. God Bless you all and we will be thinking of you.

    Dave & Carrie Bennett
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Lou was always a joy to have on The Salvation Army Advisory Board. He always had thought provoking questions and was very supportive. He kept me on my toes. His smile and laugh always brightened up a room. Both my wife and I have very fond memories of him that we will continue to cherish.

    Captains Jason & Angelina Koenig
    November 4, 2014
    Casa, Grande, AZ, US
  • Don always enjoyed golfing with Lou and Charlie on Wednesday afternoons following the Kiwanis meeting. We send our sympathy.

    The Don Lewis Family
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US
  • Our heart warming condolences to the Turner family.

    I met Lou through his son Paul, who invited me one day to pay golf with the two of them. Although I was not a golfer and struggled that day, Lou was very kind and offered encourgement to stick with the game. Thank you for allowing me to play golf with you that day. It truly was a memorable day.

    Tom Tovar & Family
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • I had the pleasure of calling Lou every Monday morning as a Checkline caller. He was always so cheerful and upbeat. He used to greet me in Spanish and I tried to reply in kind. Then I would say enough, enough and we would have a great laugh about it all. To end our conversation each week I would read him a joke or humorous story. This made a great start for the day for both of us.

    I really miss hearing his laugh and voice every week. He is certainly a role model for aging gracefully.

    Ina Hikido
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Lou was a very good friend of mine whom I have known for many years, maybe 20. He was a fellow Kiwanian and a fellow board member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. Lou asked me to become a member of the Board around 1990. I will miss his participation in both these areas very much. Lou’s devotion to the importance of both organizations was without reservation and I can only hope to extend the same amount of effort. Meg and I would both like to extend our regards to the family and to express our respect for Lou and what he stands for.

    Dave Lewis

    Dave Lewis
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I saw your Dad at a travelog this fall. He was very upbeat about his move. He was always so happy. I am sorry for your loss. Being involved with your family and caring for your Mom is one of my better hospice experiences. God Bless you, Linda

    linda hindmarch
    November 4, 2014
    pasco, WA, US
  • GREAT FRIEND AND GOLF PARTNER. WE HAD MANY GOOD TIMES TOGETHER. WE WILL MISS HIS PLEASANT AND FRIENDLY COMPANY.

    LEONARD GUSTAFSON
    November 4, 2014
    RICHLAND, US
  • Shortly after joining Kiwanis in 2000, I realized I had a wonderful new friend, Lou Turner. We got to know each other, in particular, through Key Club and often went to lunch after the meetings. He had the most disarming way of pulling out one’s thoughts, feelings, ideas that often I had to stop, realize I had been gabbing like a magpie and start firing some questions back at him to learn more about him. Over time I did get to know him quite well, and it was an honor and a privilege. My life is richer for the experience.

    Brenda Stave
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, CA, US
  • The Turner Family:

    It was our pleasure to have known you father grandfather, great grandfather. We truly enjoyed playing cards with your family – just wish we’d won more often. The way he lived his life, loved his family and was envolved in so much that was around him made him such an interesting man. He will be missed by many, including us. God Bless you all and we will be thinking of you.

    Dave & Carrie Bennett
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Lou was always a joy to have on The Salvation Army Advisory Board. He always had thought provoking questions and was very supportive. He kept me on my toes. His smile and laugh always brightened up a room. Both my wife and I have very fond memories of him that we will continue to cherish.

    Captains Jason & Angelina Koenig
    November 4, 2014
    Casa, Grande, AZ, US
  • I was blessed to have joined this family 3 years ago. Grandpa Lou ALWAYS had a smile whenever we spent time together. I can still hear him say, “Is that so?” when we would share the latest skill that our son, Evan, learned. Just as Lou was proud of his family, I am proud of the family he raised and that I am now a part of it.

    Heather Anderson
    November 4, 2014
    Vancouver, WA, US
  • What a joy it was to have you in our lives. You gave your family the greatest gift, yourself. You were a great Uncle and have given us many fond memories of family outings and visits. Thank you for always being there for everyone. You always shared great stories and brought many laughs and smiles to our lives. You will be greatly missed.

    Dave Penney Family
    November 4, 2014
    Denver, CO, US
  • I have many fond memories of Lou and Edith visiting my family here in Denver. I especially remember the family gatherings over dinner, the card games, and the wonderful picnics we all had in the mountains. I miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. So long, Lou. May God keep you until we meet again.

    Clyde Penney
    November 4, 2014
    Denver, CO, US
  • I knew Lou through the Richland Kiwanis Club and the Salvation Army advisory board. He was such a pleasure to work with. He always had a positive attitude and was coming up with great ideas to help others. And what was better, he would push them through to action. It was over a year after I first met him before I realized he was blind! Wow, what an example for all of us. I will miss him and understand your loss.

    Ralph Curran
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • It is so hard to believe that Dad is gone. He lived life to the very fullest, right up to his death. He sets a high standard and a fine example of what a human being should be like. Go with God, Dad. I love you very much

    Jean Turner Anderson
    November 4, 2014
    Vancouver, WA, US
  • My prayer for Dad’s family: That God will pour out his Spirit to comfort us. I pray that our plentiful wonderful memories and hope of heaven together will give us encouragment. May the values and character that Mom and Dad have instilled in us be used to bless others in service and in love. May our family ties continue even though our distances are great. May the memories stay vivid!

    All my love always.

    Janice Wyatt
    November 4, 2014
    Las, Vegas, NV, US
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