Obituary Notices and Memorials


TURNER, George W
TURNER, George W. March 11, 1925-Oct. 10, 2014 George Turner died leaving a legacy of service and faith. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Virginia Ruth of Oceanside, Calif.;three children, Paul Turner of Culver City, Calif., Charles Turner of Admiral, Sascatchewan andCarole Romig of Savannah, Ga.;3 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. He loved the Antelope Valley, living in Lancaster for45 years.Born in frontier Arizona,George was raised in Skull Valley and Clarkdale where he excelled at golf, once beating the Arizona amateur champion. After one year at the University of Arizona, he joined the Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Idaho and received 7 battle ribbons. At Iwo Jima, while on the bridge of the Idaho, he watched through binoculars as the flag was raised on Mount Suribachi. After the war, he received his B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University, M.A. in political science from Long Beach State and M.A. in education from U.S.C. Although justly proud of his Southern Cal degree, he always pulled for the Bruins. He was a teacher in the Lancaster Elementary School District and a tough minded union leader, fighting for teachers. His passion was that students be able to read. Later as an administrator, he justly expected classroom teachers to fight for excellence from their students. He was a proud member of the Democratic Party and a firm believer that forgiveness of our sins is achieved through faith in Jesus Christ. 'Eternal father strong to save Whose arm hath bound the restless wave.... Thus evermore shall rise to thee Glad praise from air and land and sea.' Friends and acquaintancesare invited to attend themilitary guard detail service athis gravesite in Joshua Memorial Park, Lancaster, at 2 pm, Friday, October 17, 2014.

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