Billy Dean Turner

Born: Wed., Oct. 27, 1937
Died: Mon., Mar. 4, 2013

Recitation of the Rosary

5:30 PM Sun., Mar. 10, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Mon., Mar. 11, 2013
Location: St. Andrew's Church


11:15 AM Mon., Mar. 11, 2013
Location: Olney Cemetery

Reception Following Interment

Location: Pendleton Eagles Lodge #28

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Billy Dean Turner

Oct. 27, 1937 – March 4, 2013


Billy Dean Turner – a longtime resident of Rieth, Oregon, passed away at home Monday, March 4th, 2013, surrounded by family.  He was 75 years old

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Sunday, March 10th, 2013, at 5:30 PM in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday morning, March 11th, 2013, at 10:00 AM at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Mission, Oregon, followed by burial at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.  A luncheon will follow at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge.  Sign the online condolence book at   Contributions in memory of Billy Dean Turner may be made to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #28 Funeral Fund, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements. 

Billy Dean Turner was born October 27, 1937 in Borger, Texas, to Leslie and Mamie Turner.  He was the youngest of eight children.  He moved with his family from Texas to Redmond, Oregon, and later settled in Rieth.  He attended school in Rieth until 8th grade, and then attended Pendleton High School.  After High School his career was focused in the timber industry, working in sawmills and owning and operating Bill Turner Trucking.  He retired in 2000.

He had numerous interests which included: watching High School Athletics, he was an avid Portland Trail Blazers fan, and he loved spending time with his family but his true passion in life was racing and anything that had to do with it.  Bill had a racing career in the local Hardtop Association in the late 50’s and early 60’s.  He was an active member and Past President of the Rieth Water District, where he played an intricate role in getting sewer systems and fire protection in Rieth. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret Turner, his children: Bill, Bob, Les and Michelle, his grandchildren Billy, Colton, Cheyenne and Angel, his sister Martha Miller of Pendleton, and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings: Joe, Ray, Leslie, Mary, Wanda Fay and Nina.

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Tabatha Driskell (Carey)
   Posted Tue March 05, 2013
My deepest condolences to his family and friends. One did not grow-up in Rieth without knowing Billy, and I have nothing but fond memories of him. He will never be forgotten in any heart that had the opportunity to meet him; mine included. RIP Billy.

christy and Bruce Virgil
   Posted Wed March 06, 2013
We will miss you, Dear friend! Love, Bruce and Christy Virgil

   Posted Wed March 06, 2013
I did always love seeing him driving his blue truck that he used to have. Watching him on saturday nights in Hermiston at the race tracks. Old man turner is what i called him. Sweetiest man in the world. So sorry for your lose.

Eleventh Hour warriors
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
To the family: We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you.

Patrice Lifferth
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the entire Turner family. PENDLETON won't be the same without Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

Joyce Gibson
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
My heartfelt sympathy goes to all the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you throughout these difficult times. I know he will be dearly missed in the community as well.

Cherie Newson
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
My condolences to the Turner family. I hope you have some peace knowing he's gone to be with God and his lifelong friend, Del.

Swartout Family
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
Condolences from all of the Swartout family. He was a wonderful person. We enjoyed knowing him.

   Posted Sat March 09, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about Bill. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sincerely..... Sheryll

Adrienne J. Farrow
   Posted Sat March 09, 2013
My sincere condolences to the Turner Family. I was in the same class as Les growing up. May you find peace knowing your loved one is flying with angels.

   Posted Sun March 10, 2013
I am so sorry for the Turner family's loss.
The next time a water main breaks in front of my place, I will miss you being out there, Bill, joking about donuts, and drinking coffee. Rieth will not be the same. RIP

Mariia C. Boss
   Posted Sun March 10, 2013
Dear Marge: May you, your children and grandchildren find consolation and
hope in your Christian faith and in the love and prayers of all those who
knew your dear husband, father and grandfather. God bless you all.

Dave Carlon
   Posted Sun March 10, 2013
Bill was a great influence to me. The world needs more people like Bill . Dave Carlon.

Les Turner
   Posted Thu April 04, 2013
My family would like to say Thank You for all the support. The cards and flowers my mother received touched her hart deeply. My Father was the most amazing man I have ever known. His direction, love and understanding are but few of the things I miss. I love you dad.

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