THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Eugene J. Turner
Issue Date: February 22, 2017
Eugene "Sparky" J. Turner, 86, of Marinette, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, at home with his daughter, Barb, by his side.
Born Feb. 4, 1931, to the late Herman and Thelma (Fair) Turner in Albert Lea, Mn., he enlisted at age 18 and received a GED through the service. He served in the United States Air Force for 21 years in areas of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Greenland, Tripoli and Libya, retiring in 1971.
He loved jets and co-piloting helicopters. After service he worked as a security guard at Wilsons and as a truck driver for Brit Gravel. A past member of the VFW, Eagles, and the American Legion, he enjoyed fishing, camping, woodworking, the outdoors, eagles, Sunday dinners, country music, especially, Hello Walls and Big Mamou, time with friends and socializing, but mostly time with family.
He is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Dave) Powell of Marinette and Teresa (Tim) Yackel of St. James, Mn.; a brother, Richard (Marilyn) Lincoln of Columbia Heights, Mn.; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Roy Lincoln; three sisters, Bernadette, Janice and Joyce and a grandson, Tyler Turner.
Dates will be announced for burial with military honors 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. Thielen Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family with arrangements.