John William Turner

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John Turner

John William Turner, age 66, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020 in Renton, WA. He was born September 27, 1953 in Olympia, WA to Marvin Turner and Margaret Kurpies. In 1975, John’s long-time friend, Dale MacKinnon, introduced him to Gail Cenedella and in 1977 John and Gail got married. They moved to California and had two sons, Travis and Garren, later moving back up to Washington in 1996.

John loved fishing, the San Juan Islands and watching football on Sundays, mainly the Seattle Seahawks. He was an all-around jokester, handyman and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his grandson Levi. His boisterous personality, big smile and great hugs filled everyone who met him with joy.

John is survived by his mother, Margaret Kurpies; brother, Bob Turner; son, Garren Turner; son, daughter in-law and grandson, Travis, Michelle and Levi Turner.

A celebration of life will be held by family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) in memory of John Turner.

ADAA: https://members.adaa.org/page/Donate

5 Responses to “John William Turner”

  • Dick Etchey says:

    He was a good friend, you will be missed tulips

  • Gene Kirk says:

    I met John and Gayle in the seventies they were both good people. They help our family through some tough times. They will both be missed. The Kirk family

  • Jensen Roerden says:

    He was my friends’ dad 2 doors down when I was really young. Always nice and fun to be around. Sorry to see him go so young.

  • Stephanie Daniels says:

    Met Gail in high school, remained friends through life. Shared our weddings, children, and life’s. John and Gail were a unique team, with a love story of their own.
    They so loved their boys . My sincere condolences. Please let me know of the gathering you hope to have .

  • Josh Kurpies says:

    Johnny-Bill & I are cousins, once-removed. We met only after I had become an adult & had moved to CA. With he & Gail in WA & me in CA meant we rarely saw each other, maybe once a year at best when our visits to family overlapped (my visits to my parents & his visits to his mom in nearby town or pre-planned family reunion) Even with not growing up around & rarely seeing Johnny-Bill, it was easy to think of him as family from the beginning. He was a kind, down-to-earth, non-judgmental person & funny once brought out of his otherwise quiet shell. He was accepting & caring which is why I think it was so easy to instantly feel he’d always been part of the family. It’s also why I know his presence in our memories & our hearts will continue on long after his passing. RIP Johnny-Bill

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