Robert Turner

Robert DeWayne Turner, 71, of Buckley, died Oct. 18, 2018, after a 24-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Robert DeWayne Turner, 71, of Buckley, died Oct. 18, 2018, after a 24-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born April 5, 1947, in Havre, Montana, the oldest of three children born to Arnold and Mayme Turner. The family settled in Bonney Lake and he graduated in 1965 from Sumner High School, then attended two years at Green River Community College. He entered the U.S. Army in 1967 and served in the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge in 1969. Following his military service, he worked for Puget Power for approximately 24 years, eventually working his way to a management position.

He married Sandy Thompson in 1981 and raised four children in Buckley, spending many years playing and coaching sports. Beloved hobbies included gardening, basketball, golfing, fishing and softball. In recent years he discovered an enthusiasm and talent for abstract painting.

He lived at Cedar Ridge Assisted Living for four years and in 2017 moved into the Community Living Center at the American Lake Veterans Administration facility.

He is survived by his wife Sandy; daughters Amanda (Bradley Merna), Megan and Carly; son Sam; sister Kathy Wardell (Mike); brother Rory Turner (Laurel); and five grandchildren.

A celebration of his life is planned for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at High Cedars Golf Course. Food and beverages will be provided.

A full obituary is available on the Weeks Funeral Home website,

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