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Billy Ray Turner, 81, of Carlisle, died Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at home with family by his side. He was born on Saturday, February 28, 1931, in Little Rock, Arkansas, a son of the late Dorsey W. and Blanche E. (Ross) Turner.

After moving to Carlisle in 1947, Billy Ray graduated in 1950 from Carlisle High School and was class President. He had worked for 25 years at the former C. H. Masland & Sons, Carlisle before founding Turner Hydraulics, Inc. in Carlisle. Billy Ray served in the PA National Guard for nine years. He and his wife attended Family of God United Methodist Church in Palmetto, FL. He was a member of St. John’s F & AM Lodge 260, Carlisle, Harrisburg Consistory Scottish Rite, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Shriners International, the Carlisle Elks Lodge, Carlisle American Legion, AACA Gettysburg Region and the Square Up Campers. Billy Ray enjoyed traveling and camping.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, R. Jane (Kough) Turner, two daughters; Beckey Shover and husband, Alan of Carlisle and Conny O’Handly and husband, Tom of Wrightsville, two sons; Billy Turner and wife, Laurie of Carlisle and Danny Turner and wife, Janet of Shippensburg, two sisters; Dianne Barrick and husband, Paul of Carlisle and Carolyn Wiseman and husband, James of Gravette, AR, one brother, Donald Turner and wife, Marilyn of Brunswick, ME, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Masonic and funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Pastor Troy Howell officiating. Burial will follow in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Rd., Lemoyne, PA 17043 or to Central PA Downs Syndrome Awareness Group, 175 Briarwood Lane, Carlisle, PA 17015.

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Our sincerest condolences to Billy Ray's loved ones. We consider ourselves priviledged to have know him. He was the personification of the friendliness and kindness that is often associated with square dancing. We will always cherish to the time we spent with him.

Ken and Barb Baker

 Please except our condolences.  We enjoyed camping together and I'm sure the campers will all miss Bill. Again, please except our condolences. 
God Bless.

John Long/Shirley Long

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Billy Ray.
 All of the nursing staff in DPU enjoyed seeing him and his wife every day.
 He is at peace.

Jackie Curtis,RN


Dan Billy, Beckey and Conny--
Sorry to hear about your dad. I remember meeting him when he was still working out of his garage ( that was a long time ago ). He was a great guy ! Know that you and your families will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve Almond

 Dear Turner Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Billy's smiling face as he would register at the ESA Conventions. He was always the most pleasant man, with a kind word for everyone. It has been a true joy to have known him.

Susie Shez


Janie, so sorry to hear of Billy Ray's passing. He was a good friend to all of us and we enjoyed camping with him and all the fun times we had at the Hunsinger's. He is at peace now. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Henry and Evie Newlin and Mary Lou Rhoades

 I was saddened to hear of your loss...
may time heal your heart and grant you peace



Dear Jane and family,
Words cannot express the sympathy and hope this message brings to you in the passing of Billy Ray, a kind and gentle man, husband and father.
With Caring Thoughts and Prayers.

Joan & Pete Posey

To all of the family my thoughts and condolences to you in the loss of a fine husband and father. Bill had a terrific personality and the kindest heart of anyone I know. He will be missed by so many. God bless your family.

Bill Hooke

Dear Jane and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Billy Ray's passing. He was a dear friend to my grandparents and you both have been a very special part of my parents' lives. Please accept my deepest condolences. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Lorri, Gannon, and Makenzie

 My dear friend,my engineer and designer,my helper you are loved and will be greatly missed!

Dick and Bev Walder

My deepest condolences on the loss of Billy Ray.
I will remember him for his kindness and help.
 God Bless!

Janet Lehner Owen

 I am at such a loss for words- I feel such great sadness over knowing "Billy Bob" is no longer with us. I will always have such fond memories of his playful nature with my daughters, his sense of humor and beautiful smile. I said to my parents, "Florida isn't Florida without all the stories with Janie & Billy Ray!" Hold fast to the wonderful memories and keep his spirit alive. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Love, Kira Layng (Mark, Gillian and Madison)

 It's hard for us to find the words that might bring you comfort at this time of great loss but knowing that we are thinking of you with sympathy will help to give you strength at this difficult time. Lorraine & Marcel MARTEL (178)

Lorraine & Marcel Martel


 jane im so sorry for you and your family wish i could be there and give you a hug.

paul and sue giroux

Jane and family
We are so sorry to hear about Billy Ray. He is at peace now. He was a great friend who we enjoyed camping with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. 

Harry and Allean Derr

 We have fond memories of square dancing in Whirl-A-Ways with you and Bill all those years and visiting you in Palmetto. He was such a nice man. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Larry & Ellie Gardner


 We have fond memories of square dancing in Whirl-A-Ways with you and Bill all those years and visiting you in Palmetto. He was such a nice man. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Larry & Ellie Gardner

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