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Wade William Turnbull Sr.

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WADE WILLIAM TURNBULL, SR., 88, died in Houston, Texas April 23, 2004, following a long illness. He was born in Burchard, Nebraska on December 4, 1915, to William and Maude Turnbull. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Marjorie Lantz and Mina Preston and two brothers Willard Turnbull and Howard Gordon Turnbull. Wade is survived by his wife of sixty years Elizabeth Turnbull, his brother, Harold Turnbull of Omaha, Nebraska, two children: Wade William Turnbull, Jr. and his wife Marilyn of Sugar Land, Texas and daughter, Marty Graham and her husband, Randy Graham of Irving, Texas, four grandchildren: Emily Turnbull Briggs and her husband Keith of Mesquite, Texas, Becca Turnbull of Sugar Land, Texas, Cliff and Bethany Graham of Irving, Texas. He also leaves many loving nieces and nephews. Wade graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology. In 1939 he began his impressive career with Carter Oil Co. which later became Humble Oil Co. and later Exxon USA. He retired from Exxon USA in 1976 as Manager of Exploration. In 1976 he received the American Association of Petroleum Geologist Certificate of Merit. In 1988 he received The Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Geology at the University of Nebraska for many years of support and consultation on curriculum. In 1994 he received The American Association of Petroleum Geologists Award for Appreciation of Years of Distinguished Service for the Division of Professional Affairs. He was a resident of Houston and a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church for over 40 years. Dad was a gentleman of highest integrity. His family was the greatest part of his life. They will continue to love and honor him. He will be greatly missed. Friends will be received by the family on Monday, April 26 from 5-7:00 p.m. at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive. The memorial service will be Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Chapelwood United Methodist Church chapel at 11140 Greenbay Dr. in Houston. Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601-7633 or University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1520 R. Street, Lincoln, NE 68501-0129.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2004
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