GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — William Edgar Turley of Grand Rapids, Mich., died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Clark Retirement Community, of Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in Pataskala, Ohio, Mr. Turley graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1951. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University on a basketball scholarship. He left Ohio Wesleyan after two years and joined the Air Force, serving as a first-lieutenant during the Korean and Cold Wars. He was a combat-crew navigator in an in-flight refueling squadron, part of the Strategic Air Command. After completing five years of duty, Mr. Turley entered Ohio State University, graduating in 1959 with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Before his retirement in 1997, Mr. Turley was employed in the sales and marketing divisions of LTV Steel Co. and its predecessor, Republic Steel Co. of Cleveland. He joined Republic in 1959 and worked in the steel industry for 38 years, serving as salesman in Mansfield; assistant manager, Sheet and Strip Division, in Cleveland; assistant manager and manager in Detroit District Sales; and Regional Sales and Marketing manager in Cincinnati.
A longtime golfer, he was a member of Westbrook Country Club at Mansfield, Birmingham Country Club and Orchard Lake Country Club at Detroit), Canterbury Golf Club and Chagrin Valley Racquet Club at Cleveland and Kenwood Country Club at Cincinnati. He was also a member of the Sycamore Presbyterian Church at Cincinnati, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and the Sons of the American Revolution.
Survivors include Kathleen Vernon Turley, his wife of 52 years; two children, Karen K. Turley (David M. Laurila) of Cambridge, Mass., and Christopher W. Turley (Shelly) of Grand Rapids, Mich.; grandchildren, Katie Laurila and Kendra, Steven and Ryan Turley; sister, Linda Pile (Larry) of Albany; sister-in-law, Barbara Vernon Southard (Tom) of Monroeville, Pa.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, William C. Turley (Gwen) of Norwalk, Conn., and Martha G. Cochran (Gene) of Nachitoches, La.; and brother, Robert J. Turley (Barbara) of Jacksonville, Fla.
Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where a service will follow beginning at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Jerry Bell officiating. Interment, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery in Gambier.
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