Robert M. TURNER
1950 - 2011
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Robert M. Age 60 of Forest Park formerly of Dayton passed away with his family by his side at Mercy Hospital of Fairfield Wednesday, May 18, 2011. He was born December 19, 1950 in Lansing, MI, the son of Robert A. and Betty Joann (Swathwood) Turner. On December 11, 1971 Robert married Dianna Rawlins in Kettering, OH. He was a retired Regional Director for AFSCME in Cincinnati, OH. Robert (also known as Bob or Mike) was a musician in several bands throughout the years. He was also an avid blackjack player, traveling the United States to various casinos. He wrote an educational book for blackjack players. Robert leaves behind his wife, Dianna Turner; mother, Betty Joann Summerfield; children, Andy (Carrie) Turner and Missy Turner; sisters, Ruth Hackett and Phyllis Turner; grandchildren, Jada Turner and Jerome Canady, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and his best friend, Bill Sams. The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2011 at New Season Ministry, 1166 Kauffman Ave., Fairborn, OH 45324. A brief memorial service will be held followed by food, friends, family, photos, and memory sharing. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family will accept condolences at

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on May 22, 2011.
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May 19, 2019
As one of the Black Jack boys, attending Stanford Wong's Las Vegas parties once a year, I always treasured my time with Robert, or Bootlegger,as his handle was known to us. He was a wonderful guitarist and singer, and he would regale us with songs at the Sunday night gathering, which was the last event before we departed for each years party.
One year I joined Robert in a duet of Jackson, with Robert singing the Johnny Cash part and I, Barfarkel (Mark) singing the June Carter part. What a hoot that was, and what a great memory of the time that Robert and I got to sing together.
He was a wonderful and thoughtful guy. I miss him a lot.
Mark Hirsch
June 3, 2011
Dianna, I am so sorry to of just know heard of Bob's passing, what a great man, and it will be a terrible loss to all who knew him...He will be missed around the Belterra.....Robin Bovard
June 2, 2011
Dianna , I have not seen or emailed Bob or you in over 10 years but I'm still saddened by this great loss. Bob was such a big man, not in size (although he towered over me) but in personality. I am very sorry for your loss.
Doug McBain
June 1, 2011
I knew Mike from the blackjack community and the blackjack book that he wrote is the most clearly written and easy to understand of any that I know. I loved the music that he shared with us at the parties in Vegas, and I think of him whenever I hear "The Gambler". He was a sincere person, a good listener and very concerned about the well-being of others. He had a gift to explain difficult/complex things to average people. He always had something nice to say. My deepest condolensces to Dianna and all other family of this great man.
James McCabe
May 24, 2011
I remember brother Bob as a leader,
a musician, and a friend.

Floyd Wright, Gallipolis, Ohio
May 24, 2011
My deepest condolences, Dianna. Bob was the best kind of man one could ever know, and I recall with fondness all the times we shared a meal, a blackjack table and especially the time we sang a duet of Jackson at a Green Chip party, with Bob singing the Johnny Cash part while I sang the June Carter Cash part. I hope you've read all the tributes to Bob on the General Green Chip page of BJ21. He'll be sorely missed.

Mark H. (Barfarkel)
Mark H.
May 23, 2011
My deepest, heartfelt sympathy at your loss. Bob was the most thoroughly decent fellow in our association of advantage casino players. He was always quick with friendly, accommodating answers, comments, recommendations and even political opinions. I just wish I could have met him in person or listened to his live music. This is a terrible loss to all who knew and loved him.
Harold Harvey
May 23, 2011
Dianna, words cannot express my deep sorrow at this time. Bob was one of a kind, the type of person I would have loved to have had for a next-door neighbor.

I honestly don't think I have met a nicer, kinder person than Bob was in many years. And I am very proud to be able to call him (and you) a dear friend - it was an honor to know him on a personal level. When you came to visit us a few years ago, my late father remarked to me how easy it was to talk to Bob about anything, and I told him that's the way Bob is......a very outgoing person with a huge heart.

I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, and I will keep Bob's wonderful memory in my heart always.

Your friend,
May 23, 2011
So sorry to hear about your father Andy.
Teressa Simmons
May 22, 2011
Dianna, Andy, and Missy,

We are all so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Marsha, Belinda, Dawn, Lori, Sherry, and Jerry.
Belinda Dewitt
May 22, 2011

I have enjoyed the pleasure of knowing you and Bob at various Green Chip parties and am saddened by your loss. He will be missed.
Steve (El Lobo)
May 22, 2011
Andy We are sorry about your loss if there is anything we can do please let us know Greg and Vickie Nott
May 22, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, very sorry to hear about your father.
Annie Moore
May 21, 2011
a great loss to both blackjack and music. and of course to his family as well. my heart goes out to all of them. russell sands
russell sands the turtle
May 21, 2011
I am sorry for the loss of my friend, and offer my heartfelt condolensces to his family. I have known a lot of people in my life, and Bob was one of the nicest that I have ever met. I will miss you my friend. To paraphrase the Righteous Brothers, "If there's a Rock and Roll Heaven, they just got another damn fine player up there in the band"
Russell Sands The Turtle
May 21, 2011

We have lost a good man who seemed a friend to all. Bob was briefly in our lives, but will forever be in our memories. He will be sorely missed.

John & Bennie Allen
May 21, 2011

I will be forever grateful to you and Bob for the way you chauffeured me to all the Green Chip party events on my first ever trip to Las Vegas in 2009.

Bob will be missed by the entire blackjack community. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Electric Kid
May 21, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. Bob will be deeply missed by his many friends in the community. He was a mentor to many, and a good example of courtesy and kindness to all.
Al Rogers
May 21, 2011

We met in Reno about 15 years ago. I subsequently met with Bob at some of the Green Chip parties and he came to Chicago for one of my dinners.

Such a fine man. Friendliness, integrity and just good common sense.

My deepest sympathy to you and your children. Your husband will be sorely missed.
Jim (Jimmy B) Burns
May 21, 2011
We will miss Bob in the blackjack community. He was special and truly one of the good guys. I am sure he is in a special place in heaven now, doing what he loved - playing blackjack and music.

My sincere condolences to Bootie and the whole family.

Jerry Seo
May 21, 2011
My condolences on your loss. Bob will be missed by the blackjack community.
Steve M.
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