Dr. Dale Osborne "Doc" Turner

Dr. Dale Osborne "Doc" Turner

Memorial services for Dr. Dale Osborne "Doc" Turner will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Ricky Willis and Dr. Mark R. Martin officiating.

The family requests that visitation be observed Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at First United Methodist Church, Pineville from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Turner, 76, of Pineville passed away Friday, November 30, 2012 at his residence.

Dr. Turner was born December 8, 1935 in Renick, West Virginia and grew up in the heart of Appalachia on the family farm in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. He obtained his bachelor's degree from West Virginia University, served four years in the U. S. Air Force, and then graduated from Oklahoma State University with his doctorate in veterinary medicine. At OSU, he met and married the love of his life, Janice Ivey. He began his veterinary practice in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1965 with Dr. Billy Knapp. Shortly thereafter, he opened Turner Animal Clinic. Dr. Turner practiced for 21 years and was known for his kindness, humor and stories. He became legally blind and retired in 1985 due to retinitis pigmentosa.

Dr. Turner co-founded the Central Louisiana Food Bank, and was instrumental in its operation and organization for many years. He served as president of the Coalition Against Homelessness in Central Louisiana. He also served as an active volunteer for the Central Louisiana Veterinarians Association, Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine, American Red Cross, Shepherd Center, and Rapides Habitat for Humanity. He was also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Alexandria. In 1991, Dr. Turner received the Lion's Club Outstanding Citizen Award. He continued serving his profession on the Louisiana State Board of Veterinarians as secretary/treasurer, vice president and the chairman of the preceptorship committee. He also updated the state board exam. In 1993, he received the Ralph C. Cooper Award as Louisiana's Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Turner provided many years of veterinary service to his clients, their pets, and his profession, as well as providing many contributions to his community and fellow man.

He is preceded in death by his parents, G. P. and Nell Turner; one sister, Marjorie Cook and one brother, Gene Turner.

Dr. Turner is survived by his wife of 49 years, Janice Ivey Turner, one brother, Frank Turner of Beckley, West Virginia; three children, Scott Turner (Kimberly) of Pensacola, Florida, Kelly Fields (Don) of Alexandria, Matt Turner (Micara) of Pineville; and seven grandchildren, Jordan Hughes (Jake), Hilary Turner, Jessica Turner, Ross Dauzat, Abby Fields, Don Michael Fields and Henry Baudoin.

To extend online condolences to the Turner family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.

Published in The Town Talk on Dec. 2, 2012