Francis R. "Bud" Turner, 87, of 75 Pittsburgh Circle, Ellwood City, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 6:15PM in the Mary Evans Extended Care Unit of the Ellwood City Hospital. Born on March 5, 1922 in Ellwood City, Bud was the son of the late Tony and Alice Riley Turner. He graduated in January of 1940 from Lincoln High School and served as Class President. A Veteran of WWII, Bud served in the Army Air Corps where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and worked as a crew chief on air planes. He was a lifetime member of Christ Presbyterian Church and a member of the Ellwood City Art Club. He retired from US Steel in 1975 where he was an overhead crane operator and then later worked for several years in the chemical lab at Inmetco. Bud is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Vogt, whom he married July 7, 1943, 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and David Chenoweth of Roswell, GA, Beth and Steve Manning of Valencia, CA, 4 grandchildren: Meghan, Erik and Scott Chenoweth of Auburn, AL and Rebecca Fletcher and her husband, Dax, of San Diego, CA, 2 great-grandchildren, Ava and Gavin Fletcher, a niece and her husband, Mary Alice and Andy Cameron of Columbus, NJ and a cousin, Betty Louise Green of Elizabethtown, PA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel Turner and a sister, Geraldine Wettich. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 14th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, August 15th at 11:00 AM with Rev. Tod Custer of Christ Presbyterian Church, celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Full military rites will be offered by the Veteran's Honor Guard. Contributions can be made in Mr. Turner's name to either the Ellwood City Area Public Library or to the donor's favorite charity.
Jan & Bob Barensfeld
Bud was a fine person and we will miss him very much. Bob & Jan
Dale Brown Jr.
My deepest condolences to the family, I have not seen Linda or Beth since high school but remember them well. We were Glen Ave neighbors growing up. I have a very vivid memory of Bud. He was washing and waxing his 1959 Chevy Convertible, white with bright red interior. There were 3 of us neighborhood boys watching him and asking questions. When he got it all shined up he put the top down and said "let's take this thing for a spin and see if it still runs". We all jumped in and he drove us around town which seemed like a big deal at the time. That is the way Bud was he always took time to talk to us and not at us like alot of adults at the time. He was one of the neighborhood heros and I thought a cool father as well. He will be missed!
Bud was the kind of guy you only meet once in your life & never forget. He was always a pleasure to sit & talk to & always upbeat.
My sincere sympathy to PAT,LINDA and BETH
Rebecca Fletcher and Family
My Granpa, Pop-pop, will be missed so much. We are fortunate to have some wonderful memories with him, from his and Grandma's 50th wedding anniversary, Mom's wedding in Maui, my wedding, his 80th birthday, etc. I will cherish those. I am also grateful that he was able to spend some time with my daughter, Ava. Pop-pop, you were a true class-act, always a gentleman. You will be missed.
Jo Ann (Miller) Oxsen
Growing up, I was a Glen Ave. neighbor and friend of Bud Turner's daughter, Linda. Good memories. My condolences to Linda, Beth and Mrs. Turner.
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