Eugene Colby Turner



Richland, Wash. and Manset

Eugene Colby Turner, 87, of Richland, Wash., passed away on Feb. 19, 2019, at a local hospital.

Eugene (Gene) was born on Jan. 3, 1932, in Southwest Harbor. Raised in Maine, Gene enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years. He also helped his father catching lobsters and fish. In 1949, at the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Army, earning the rank of corporal before being honorably discharged in 1952. During that time he was transferred to Hanford, Wash., as part of the Military Security Detail, where he met his wife, Shirley, of 67 years. Gene was proud of his association with the Hanford Guards Union. He worked there for 30 years and became president. He was proud of the work he did for the union. After moving adjacent to the Bypass Shelterbelt, he started to notice the deterioration of the trees. He began to “assist” the city in maintaining a large portion near his home, which he did every day for over 40 years.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son Scott and wife, Michelle; son Zane and wife, Kathy; granddaughters Melissa, Megan and Hailey; grandsons Jacob and Jarrod; five great-grandchildren. He is survived by his siblings, brother George “Bob” Turner of Franklin and sister Charlotte and husband, Ken King, of Gardiner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmo P. and Betsy Myrick Turner of Southwest Harbor.