Richard Turnbull(1927 - 2013)

Richard Charles Turnbull

Richard "Dick" Turnbull, 86, of Reno, Nevada, passed away after being struck by a car June 20, 2013 in Las Vegas.

Richard was born April, 5, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to Lou and Irene (Blachinsky) Turnbull. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944. After graduating, Richard lied about his age to join the Navy. To his chagrin, the war ended before he saw active duty. He then attended Holy Cross University and graduated from the University of Western Illinois. He worked as a high school teacher, then as a leader-trainer for the Great Books Foundation. In 1976 he moved west where he shared his passion for people and games by becoming a professional poker dealer. He finished his professional career as the oldest dealer at the World Series of Poker.

When not working, Richard enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and traveling the country to visit his far-flung children.

Richard delighted in the absurd, and was always quick to laugh at things ridiculous and at himself. He enjoyed intellectual discussions, baseball, airplanes, classical music, old-time country music, and history. He, his charm, and his world view will be greatly missed.

Richard is survived by his children Mark, Merrielle, Cinna, Orisia and Ture, six grandchildren, James Turnbull, Aidan, Aleksander, and Evan Martyniuk, and Kaia and Isaac Sturtz, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on July 17, 2013