Rev. Douglas Edward Turner, 64 of Slippery Rock and formerly of Bradford Woods, Pa. passed away at his residence Tuesday following an extended illness as a result of complications from ALS.
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He was the pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church in Slippery Rock.
Doug was born in Springfield, Ill. on Aug. 30, 1952 to Philip Edward Turner and Betty Jane Smith Turner. He married Daphne Ann Mackey Oct. 4, 1980.
Doug began his collegiate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh but transferred to Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where he met his future wife.
He received his bachelor's of arts in Bible in 1977, his master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1982 and his master of theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1988.
Before beginning his pastorate at Highland in 2013, Doug was the pastor for almost 30 years at Bradford Woods Community Church in the North Hills.
Besides his love of God and his family, Doug had many interests including music (singing and playing the guitar) and aviation.
He was a pilot (light planes and helicopters) for nearly 40 years and was a longtime crew member for a hot-air balloon pilot.
A lover of the outdoors, he was involved in local trail maintenance and hiked all over the U.S., having just a few hundred miles left to hike of the Appalachian Trail.
He currently served on the board of the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy and was a member of the North Country Trail Association and the Slippery Rock Rotary Club. He was president of the board of Meals on Wheels in the North Hills for 20 years and the former board president of Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry (formerly North Hills Youth Ministry).
He was a firefighter with Bradford Woods Fire Department for decades and also served as their chaplain. An Eagle Scout, Doug also was involved with Boy Scout troops in the Wexford area for many years, serving as a leader and chaplain, and has worked with Troop 310 locally.
He loved to travel by car as well as plane and over the years drove his family in their Roadmaster station wagon to all 49 states in the continental U.S. He also "collected things" and enjoyed his hobbies of stamp, coin and baseball card collecting and especially showing off his beloved Lionel trains.
Survivors include his wife Daphne at home; three sons, Preston E. Turner and wife Danina M. DiBattista of Pittsburgh, Bryson A. Turner and fiancée Vanessa M. Abbott and her daughter Nyah S. Levine, and Harrison I. Turner of Fukuoka, Japan; his sister, Heather S. Turner of Mars; and his brother Craig S. Turner and his wife Nancy L. of West Simsbury, Conn.
TURNER - A memorial service for Rev. Douglas Edward Turner, who died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Highland Presbyterian Church, 310 Franklin St., Slippery Rock with the Rev. William Mumaw III presiding.
Family will receive friends from 3 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Smith Funeral Home, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock.
The family will also be available to greet visitors on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Tewksbury Family Assn., c/o Preston Turner, 525 Orchard Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202; Highland Presbyterian Church, 310 Franklin St., Slippery Rock, PA 16057 or a
Smith Funeral Home
421 New Castle St
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1012
Published in Butler Eagle from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2016