William H. Turner

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TURNER, William H., passed away July 7, 2014. Bill was born on December 10, 1927 in Tampa and grew up on a farm in Ruskin. He joined the Merchant Marines, serving in WWII, at the ripe old age of 17, returning to Tampa at 19, where he met his bride for life, Shirley Butler Turner. Bill and Shirley were married 67 years. He was employed with Tampa Electric, starting as a meter reader and retiring decades later as a Head Watch Engineer. He loved fishing, hunting, restoring antiques, railroad memorabilia, and gun collecting. Bill is survived by his wife Shirley, 3 children Cheryl Turner (Al) Perotti, Bill (Darlene) Turner, David (Arlene) Turner; 4 grandchildren Mike Perotti, Lisa Van Fossen, Jennifer Macheski and Nick Turner; and 6 great grandchildren. After retirement, Bill and Shirley spent several carefree years living on their sailboat and traveling with friends. He served with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and also volunteered as a crossing guard for the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office and a docent at the TECO Manatee Center. A Memorial Service with reception to follow will be held on Friday, July 11th at 2:00 pm at The National Cremation and Burial Society, 308 E. College Ave. Ruskin. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to Lifepath Hospice, in memory of William Turner, 12470 Telecom Dr., Suite 300-W, Temple Terrace , Fl 33637.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 10, 2014