PAUL M. TURNER
May 26, 1935
January 7, 2020
Former Colorado Springs resident Paul M. Turner, 85, died January 7, 2020, at his residence in Liberty Heights Senior Living in north Colorado Springs.
Paul was born in Wichita, Kansas on May 26, 1935 to Maxine and Paul Turner.
In 1957 Mr. Turner married his wife Mary Kathryn ("Kay") Wittmann. The two had met while students at Municipal University of Wichita, today's Wichita State University.
Paul was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1958. He served proudly on active duty throughout the 1960s and early 1970s with assignments in the 3rd Armor Division, 5th Infantry Division, and Training & Doctrine Command. He also completed two yearlong deployments to Vietnam with Military Assistance Command - Vietnam earning two Bronze Stars for his service. Paul continued to work for the Department of the Army throughout the remainder of his life serving as a civil servant ultimately retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel and GM -15 as the Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at Fort Bliss, TX.
Paul was an active member of the Catholic community wherever he lived. In Colorado Springs, he donated his time to several charities. He will be remembered by many Colorado Springs residents for his weekly volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, delivering food to the less fortunate, always with Kay by his side. Paul was also a proud member of the St. Patrick's Knights of Columbus.
Paul was a quiet strength to his wife and sons. He was also a proud grandfather. Shortly before his death he became a great-grandfather as well.
Paul is survived by his beloved Kay, and his two sons, Mark and Gregory. His eldest son, Paul M. Turner III, also a resident of Colorado Springs, died in 2015.
Published in The Gazette on Feb. 17, 2021.