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Ronald Ray Turner, 70, of 288 Lincoln Ct., Timberville, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Turner was born on Aug. 13, 1942, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Russell and Lillian Michael Turner. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Turner and Bobby Turner, Sr; and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Turner.
He worked in construction for many years and was employed with W.A. Hartman Memorials from 1995-2001. Recently, he was disabled for several years. He enjoyed fishing and being around family.
On May 21, 1965, he married the former Rena V. Kisling, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Kathy A. Spitzer, of Timberville, Patricia A. Baker and husband Chuck of Broadway, Lisa L. Shifflett and husband Ivan, Sr., of Timberville, who he has lived with for the past two years; a sister, Jean Minnick and husband Arnold of Elkton; a brother, Larry Wayne Turner of Elkton; a sister-in-law, Annabell Turner of Elkton; two grandsons, Ivan Shifflett, Jr. and wife Jaimie, of Broadway, and Michael Rexrode, Jr., of Timberville; two granddaughters, Amy Hoover and husband Preston of Harrisonburg, and Jazzy Campbell of Timberville; one great-granddaughter, Madison Moyers, of Harrisonburg; numerous nieces; one nephew; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
Pastor Charles Clinedinst will conduct the funeral at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the New Market Lighthouse Tabernacle Church.
Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Elkton. The family will receive friends and family from 7-9 p.m. on Monday at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.
Online condolences for his family may be made at www.kygers.com.