Walter R. Turner passed away peacefully after a long illness in the presence of his son, Jonathan and his daughter in law, Helen. He lived a long and full life and is survived by his six children; Kathleen, Marguerite, Robert, Jonathan, Joy and Sandra; ten grandchildren; one great grandchild; and his brother and sister. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce.
Walter was born in Atlanta, GA., and started working as a paperboy at age eight. He was very athletic. He played college football and was a golden gloves boxer. He served in the Air Force during the Koreah War, and then worked as an oil rig roughneck. He then became a high school teacher and coach. He taught at Vallejo High School where he also coached wrestling and football and taught driver training. He later taught at Benicia High School teaching Safety Ed and driver training, and coached wrestling and football. He was a very popular teacher because of his caring attitude and boisterous personality.
He was active in many organizations: Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Shriner Clown Captain, Mason, member of the Elk's Club and a Lector at St. Basil's Church. He also served on the Governing Board of Solano Community College.
In his later years, he loved working out at the Elk's club gym, playing handball, and socializing with his friends and family. He was a great father and grandfather. He was a warm, humorous, kind and hardworking person. He will be greatly missed by his family, past students, and many friends.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their letters, calls and expressions of condolence. We also wish to thank the Benicia Loving Care Home's excellent staff for their outstanding care. We deeply appreciate the many medical professionals who gave our father wonderful care, including the Hospice and LIGHT staff. We will announce memorial plans when they are finalized.
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