Gene DeVoy Turner, age 71, passed away at home on Good Friday, March 30, 2018. Born August 16, 1946 in Phoenix, AZ and moved to Oklahoma at age 2. His parents were Frank and Alice Turner, now deceased. Gene attended Barnard and Lanier schools, Wilson Junior High and Rogers High School before moving to Tyler, TX, where he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1964. Gene was active in Boy Scouting and a member of Boston Avenue Troop 20. Wally Wozencraft was his scout leader and wonderful influence on his life. While attaining the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14, he won trophies in marksmanship.
Gene lived in Tulsa for over 50 years and was a retired TPS English-History teacher and football and baseball coach. He taught at Edison Junior High School, St. John Psychiatric Ward, Pershing Alternative School and Laureate Psychiatric Clinic on the Eating Disorder Unit for 6 years and served as School Supervisor at that facility for five years, retiring in 2005.
Gene's education included an Associate Degree from Tyler Junior College in 1966, BS in Education from University of Oklahoma in 1968, and MEd 1976 from Northeastern State University in Native American Studies. Further Graduate work from OCU in International Affairs and OSU in Psychiatric Counseling.
Gene was a Veteran and his military service included U.S. Army Sp5, active duty in 1971, and Oklahoma Army National Guard until 1976. Gene had been interested in the Civil War since 9th grade and since had traveled extensively to battlefields. It was always his favorite war to study and research. He had many Civil War ancestors on both sides of the war. He worked hard for 2 years to raise funds to build and erect a beautiful GAR monument located at Rose Hill Cemetery. He was a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of Confederate Veterans of the Civil War, Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and Descendants of the Mexican War Veterans.
It was while Gene taught school that he furthered his interests in bird hunting. For 40 some years he raised and trained Brittany Spaniels, English and Llewellin Setters. He loved all his dogs and developed a special bond with each of them. He also hunted pheasants in Kansas with a special group of friends for over 40 years.
Fishing was another great love of Gene's. He fished Oklahoma ponds and streams for bass and crappie with many friends. He frequently hiked the Osage in search of trophy bass. But another true enjoyment was fly-fishing. He and his wife Sally traveled all over the West exploring streams and lakes together. He even admitted she had a smoother cast then his own. He continued this sport until his health declined.
Gene is survived by his wife, Sally Turner, of Tulsa; daughter, Jacquelyn Guthrie and husband, Jeff, along with their children, Hannah, Jack and Hadley of Frisco, TX; daughter, Stacy Ryle Landon and husband, Joe of South Grand Lake; sister, Cynthia Ward of St. John, USVI; brother, Col. John Turner, USMC Ret. and wife, Gail of Pendleton, OR.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to Gene's favorite charities that he supported for years: Oaks Indian Mission, P.O. Box 130, Oaks, OK 74359 or Civil War Preservation Trust, 1156 15TH St. NW, Ste. 900, Washington, DC 20005 or a charity of your choice.
Gene's Memorial Service is Friday, April 13, 2018, 2:00 p.m., at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 5635 E. 71st Street in Tulsa. www.floralhaven.com