Jerry Allen Turner, 73, of Marlinton, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston.
Born April 4, 1947, in Bartow, he was a son of the late E. Reed Turner and Velma Marie Ray.
Jerry graduated from Green Bank High School in 1965. He attended Potomac State College 1965-66, first year Engineering program, and then transferred to Penn Technical Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he obtained his Associate in Specialized Technology degree in 1968.
Jerry had a 50-year career at the Green Bank Observatory, first as a Technician Trainee, summer and part-time while attending school, then as an Electronics Technician, retiring in 2017. He lived at his home place in Arbovale for a few years after graduation, then moved to Minnehaha Springs for a short time, and then moved to Marlinton.
In his younger years, he had an interest in cars, owning a Chevelle, a Corvette and several Cutlass models. He liked to travel, highlighted by taking a solo trip to Canada in his Corvette.
Jerry also built and flew RC airplanes and would travel to RC events in West Virginia and Virginia.
He married Linda Moses, of Marlinton, on December 5, 1980 at Huntersville Baptist Church. Their marriage ended in divorce in 2019.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Gladys “Bunny” Vance, of Green Bank.
He is survived by his brother, David Turner, and wife, Sandy, of Fork Union, Virginia; brother-in-law, Bob Vance, of Green Bank; nieces, Elizabeth McFarland, and husband, Micah, of Los Angeles, California, Patricia Turner, of Denver, Colorado, Roberta Vance, of Morgantown, and Susan Stafford, of Westernport, Maryland.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Chapel in Arbovale with Pastor David Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow at the Arbovale Cemetery
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
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