Leonard E. Turner, Jr., age 95 of Dayton transitioned to his heavenly home Monday, October 4, 2021. He was born July 10, 1926, to the late Leonard E. Turner, Sr. and Ellen Turner McCarden in Buffalo, New York. He was the oldest of four children. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Edith G. Turner, and his siblings, Walter D. Turner and Margaret Ann Moore.
Leonard spent his early years in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to Middletown, Ohio, where he graduated from Middletown High School, Class of 1944. He attended Middletown Business College and continued his college education at the University of Dayton. His extracurricular activities included attending classes at Sinclair Community College. Leonard was always in pursuit of more knowledge.
Leonard was employed at the Sorg Papermill in Middletown for a short period. He was later employed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where began his career as a mail clerk. However, through hard work, attending classes at the University of Dayton, and sheer determination, he retired after 30 years from Wright-Patterson as a Program Manager.
Leonard joined the military immediately upon graduation from high school. A WWII Veteran, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Leonard was a member of Harris Memorial C.M.E. for more than 60 years where his Christian service included serving on the Steward Board and as a Youth Sunday School teacher.
Leonard leaves to cherish his memory his children,
Leonard J. Turner, Sr. (Gail), Lenora Turner, Lenette Turner London (George), and Lisa Williams; his sister, Nira Love; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Leonard was an honorable, loving man. He loved his family, and he loved his neighbors. Everything he did was for the betterment of his family. He supported his children in all their endeavors. He loved hosting family gatherings, especially family barbecues. A family member summed it up best, “Uncle Leonard, that’s my daddy!” Leonard was the consummate family man who lived by the Golden Rule, “Do until others as you would have them do unto you.”
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