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Charles Edward Turner

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Charles Edward Turner Obituary
June 6, 1932 - February 2, 2017 Charles (Chuck) Edward Turner was born June 6, 1932, in Maywood, California. He attended Eagle Rock High School and California State University Los Angeles for his undergraduate work and University of Southern California for his Master's degree. He spent his life working with youth, first at the Boys and Girls Club of America, then the Los Angeles Probation Department Camps Program, where he spent 38 years as a Director and Supervising Probation Officer at Camp Munz, Camp Holton, and Camp Kilpatrick. Chuck received a Presidential Citation from President Gerald Ford in a special ceremony for his Co-educational Camp Program. Chuck has been written about in sociology textbooks for his work with gang members and was responsible for starting the sports program that was featured in the Gridiron Gang film, starring Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, although the person featured in the film had opposed the program when first instituted. Many troubled youth benefitted from their stay at Camp and he helped change their lives for the better. He was also sought after as a consultant for youth programs. As far as his personal life, he loved his wife, Lee, more than anything and they were happily married for 27 years until her passing in 1993. He inherited an instant family of 3 girls and a boy. He loved sports and always was current about all the players, especially football, basketball, and baseball. He was an avid reader and read a new novel about every two weeks and read the L.A. Times every day. He served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer at Fort Carson, Colorado where he developed a great dislike for the snow and cold. He had two dogs and his cat, Ruby, that he dearly loved. His late daughter, Debbie and his grandson, David and his wife, Natalie (Nicki) were responsible for his care during the past 23 years. Maria Capanas was his caretaker and constant companion who did everything she could to care for him. Debbie's best friend, Suzanne Kasimian, came over and called him every day since Debbie's passing in 2013. He loved those visits. Chuck's devoted friends were Sam Stevens, Robert Cedano, and Craig Levy. They all had worked together and continued to visit him over the years. Ellie Gomez Smith, also a Camp Director and friend, continued to send him cards and notes over the years. He is survived by a sister, Allene Kathryn Turner of Palm Desert, California, and a brother, Knox Conrad Turner, of Northern California. Daughters Helen Walker Copley, Texas, and Christine Walker McKinstry, and son, Charles Maceri, Vermont. Grandchildren: Steven Mapes, Lori Ossowski, David Viscovich, Joey Maceri, Sabrina and Sofia Maceri. Great-grandchildren: Liam, Shane, and Tatum Mapes, Nathan, Andrew, Alexandra, and Lucas Ossowski. Natalie Wilson (Lee's sister-in-law) of Franklin, TN who called him Honey and they all had so much fun together. In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. Private services were held on February 16, 2017 at Mount Sinai in Hollywood Hills. "A man who gave his all to make life better for those troubled and alone with nowhere to go, he trusted and believed they could all achieve. Never crass or crude, he respected others, he reunited families, he counseled, guided, and directed. He always finished his work, never left anything for another day. This was the man That I called Father! He was and will always be my Rock, I know that he is now with Mom and Debbie in a better place and I have peace. Until we meet again, I am thankful for him taking on our family and love all of the memories we had together. Charles Edward Turner we will all miss you, see you in eternity." By Helen Eileen Walker Copley
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2017
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