Eugene Turner passed away peacefully on February 28, 2019 at Legacy Homes in Thayne, WY. He was born August 1, 1927 to Stephen Percy Turner and Myrtle Walton in Thayne, WY. He was the third of six children. He grew up in Turnerville where he enjoyed helping his grandpa on the farm and working in the Turner sawmill. He attended grade school in Turnerville and the 9th grade at Star Valley High School in Afton, WY.
During the depression money was scarce. In September of 1944 he joined the Navy at the age of 17, so that his parents had one less mouth to feed. He spent the next 20 months serving his country during WW2. He would send some of his money home to his mother and told her to use it if it was needed, she spent every penny. During this time, Eugene grew an extreme hatred to cabbage and voiced his opinion about it regularly. He had a great love for his country and was very proud of his service. After returning from WW2, he met Lois Skinner and on May 21, 1948 they were sealed in the Idaho Falls, ID temple. To that union was born six children. The oldest, Patty Jean, passes away shortly after birth. They raised their five children in Bedford, WY. Eugene worked for the Preston Ranch and drove the school bus for many years. Then he worked at Monsanto in Soda Springs, ID. He retired from the Star Valley Cheese Factory.
Eugene and Lois ran the Turner's Country Store and post office in Bedford for several years of which they thoroughly enjoyed. They loved to support their children and grandchildren in their sporting events and musical concerts. After Lois' death in 2005, Eugene continued to support his grandchildren in these activities. He was very proud of all his children and grandchildren. Eugene was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he was the ward clerk in the Bedford ward fro many years. In his later years, you would find him with his contagious smile being the door greeter, which he greatly enjoyed.
He is proceeded in death by his wife Lois, daughter Patty Jean, granddaugther Kristi Sue, grandson Adam, two great grandchildren, his parents, his brother Lloyd, and sister Reba. He is survived by his five children Kelly (Chris) of Kemmerer, Layne (Rosie) of Big Piney, Steven (Julie) of Cheyenne, Tami (Todd) Erickson of Thayne, Polli (Randy) Edwards of Bedford, 19 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, and 1 great great granddaughter.
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