Ronald E. Turner

Ronald E. Turner, 70, of Great Falls, a retired restaurant and bar supply salesman and manager and U.S. Army veteran, died of pancreatitis Thursday, Jan. 17, at a local hospital.

A memorial service is 11 a.m. Monday at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ronald was born Dec. 6, 1942, in Minot, N.D. He was raised and educated in Great Falls, graduating from Great Falls High School in 1961. He then attended the College of Great Falls from 1968-69, with a major in business and economics and minor in accounting.

Ronald was drafted into the U.S. Army from 1964-66. Following basic and advanced training, he loaded missiles in the Hawk System in Germany.

He married Carol Renee Smith on Aug. 24, 1968.

Ronald worked summers caddying at Meadow Lark Country Club, Montana State Fair, Foss' Rest Home and setting pins at Demolay Alley. He worked five years at Safeway through high school. He then worked at ACM several times, and then got into commercial equipment sales and repair, which lasted 38 years starting with Houseman & Co. from 1969-84; he worked for White's Inc. for five years then Brodie/Dohrmann; he started with J&V in 1993 then Advance in 2004, retiring in 2007.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Eagles; he enjoyed bowling, pool and golfing with old friends.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Carol Turner of Great Falls; a daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Robert McGaugh of Great Falls; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Erin Turner of Billings; his sisters, LaVonne Figarelle of Great Falls, Sharon Fuller of Burbank, Ill., and Rita Wright of Missoula; a brother, Ivan Beston of Kalispell; and three grandchildren, Christopher McGaugh, Megan McGaugh, Lauren Turner and another granddaughter on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Arvid Turner in 1976; his mother, Bernice Turner Beston Houchen in 1981; brothers Jerald Turner in 1987 and Dwayne Turner in 1996.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the , 3203 3rd Ave N, Ste 203, Billings, MT 59101, or charity of donor's choice.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 23, 2013