Mark Turner
1951 - 2021
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Turner, Mark 11/3/1951 - 1/7/2021 Grand Rapids Lifelong Grand Rapids resident and seasonal resident of the Hiawatha Sportsman's Club, Mark Lawrence Turner, 69, died Thursday morning January 7, 2021. Born November 3, 1951 in Grand Rapids, son of the late Lawrence and Elaine (Smith) Turner, Mark was a 1969 graduate of Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids. At the age of 18, Mark started his employment career with Lear Siegler in Grand Rapids and, during this time, attended Michigan State University. He was an engineer and worked at Lear Siegler, Fireboy, Benteler Automotive, and finally retired from GE Aviation. In recent years, Mark spent time in the Upper Peninsula at the residence on the Hiawatha Sportsman's Club. During his lifetime, he enjoyed flying, sailing, photography, astronomy, feeding birds and the general knowledge of learning things. Survivors include his loving wife, the former Mary DeJong, siblings Sharyn (Paul) Richardson of Hillsboro, Wisconsin, Lauryn (Robert) Ronis of Cleveland, Ohio and Troy (Monette) Cowan of Nashville, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews. A gathering of family and friends will take place Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Naubinway. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am at the church with Fr. Marty Flynn officiating. Rite of Committal will take place in the spring of 2021 at the Naubinway Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are required in accordance of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Memorials may be directed to Love Incorporated, Melville Street, Engadine, Michigan 49827 in his memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family. (906) 293-8651

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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Mark was a great person and a great mentor to a lot of people at Smiths/GE. Mark gave many years of service to the aerospace industry with his engineering excellence. He will be truly missed by all.
Ryan Gorby
Coworker
January 12, 2021
Mark was a truly wonderful person. I could always count that what he gave as a suggestion was coming from his brain and heart. I really trusted him.
In addition, as a fellow sailor, he always went out his way to help. As an example, on me sailboat I had a folding propeller that would sometimes stay in the wrong position. I called him to the boat yard to look at and he said that he would. Little did think that he would redesign it, fabricate new that ended being perfect. That's the kind of engineer and person he was. He is missed by many.
Mary he always loved you spoke highly of you.
Roland Bouchard
Friend
January 12, 2021
From the first introduction I enjoyed talking to Mark. Even as a young pup Mark just had the ability to make me feel like part of the team. Great engineer, great educator, and an all around great person. Praying now that the family find comfort and peace through Jesus Christ.
Mark Brideau
Friend
January 12, 2021
I had the pleasure of working alongside Mark on many programs at Lear Siegler/GE. Always knowledgeable and always helpful, he was a good friend. My sincere condolences and prayers for the whole family for comfort and blessed memories. Doug Lunde
Doug Lunde
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January 12, 2021
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January 11, 2021
I met Mark when he left Lear Jet and hired on to Lsi in the Computer Design Dept. He and I designed and developed the power supplies for the ARN-101 system for the Phantom F-4. He was a truly innovative and practical engineer, extremely valuable to the company. He became a pilot and flew my wife Kathleen and me to Mackinaw Island for a day. He paid attention to all of the details and even convinced Kathleen that flight in a small air plane over the Straits of Mackinaw was a safe thing to do. She was a hard sell! I am shocked by his untimely death. My sympathy to you Mary and your families. He was a true friend.
Gary Wallen
Friend
January 10, 2021
I met Mark at Smiths Aerospace in the early 90’s when we were working in adjoining labs. We quickly became friends due to our passion for sailing and he eventually talked me into moving my boat up to Muskegon, to Harbor town and eventually to buy a Catalina. I remember going out sailing with him on his Catalina 27 and we were following an empty coal barge and the magnetic flux valve autopilot went bonkers. He quickly disconnected it and proceeded to explain that due to the magnetic fields created by the iron in the ship it was causing us swing from side to side. I used to motor over to his boat on my dingy with our daughter when she was just four, to see his latest invention. He loved to tinker, and his creativity was boundless. Everything from a custom design for a boat TV antenna to an RF doorbell that triggered when you walked down is dock, truly a brilliant individual. The world is less of a place without him and it saddens me to hear we lost another great engineer. Our hearts go out to you for your loss Mary.
Paul , Lois & Sophie Rogowyi
Coworker
January 10, 2021
Mark and my husband had a terrific time together, sometimes arguing and other times agreeing, but always ending up on good terms.
Carol Weldy
January 10, 2021
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January 10, 2021
Sympathy gifts were selected in loving memory of Mark Turner. To send a gift visit our online store.
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Jodie Southland
January 10, 2021
Sympathy gifts were selected in loving memory of Mark Turner. To send a gift visit our online store.
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Jodie Southland
January 10, 2021
I first met Mark at LSI, probably in 1969. Then we both went separate ways/companies for many years and got reacquainted at SI and GE in 2002 until our retirements. He was a great person and has been taken home way too early. I enjoyed every interaction with him. Prayers and blessings to his family.

Phil France
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Phil France
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January 9, 2021
Mark was one of the smartest people I’ve ever known. He was also considerate and empathetic and helpful and so hard working. I am broken hearted that he is gone and it is an awful loss for the world to not have him here with us. Prayers to you Mary- I imagine you are sadder than most of us, however know that we are sad too and share that pain of knowing that him being gone is a loss for us all.
Jodie Southland
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