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Johnny Turner, M.D., 88
Johnny Wilson Turner, M.D., 88, of Bokeelia, FL, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Cape Coral, FL. He was born on May 1, 1924, in Amarillo, TX, a son of James Aubrey and Emma Agnes (Wilson) Turner. He graduated from Lefors High School in Texas, worked his way through college, and completed his pre-med at the University of Texas. While there, boxing as a heavyweight, he won the school championship. He graduated in 1950 with honors from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Dr. Turner served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as Port Surgeon in Whittier, AK. While at Whittier, he coached boxing for the troops, never losing a fight. He began his residency in family practice at Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Seattle, where he learned medicine, surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics. After his residency, he had a family practice in Ketchikan, AK and Rainier Beach, Seattle, WA. He went into emergency medicine at Valley General Hospital in Renton, WA, where he became Chief of Emergency Medicine and then Chief of Staff. Johnny established a family practice and urgent care clinic in Covington, WA, and worked there until his retirement in 1987. After retirement, he lived in Kent, then Sequim, WA, and moving to Bokeelia, FL in 1999. Johnny loved gardening (grew the best tomatoes), golfing (with a hole in one to his credit) and traveling the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He enjoyed classical music and playing the violin. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, who had a world of experiences and always a story to tell. He could be opinionated, but one always knew where he was coming from. Johnny especially loved his first mate, Carol Ann (Geiger), who shared his love of fishing, hunting and gardening. He looked forward to his sons, daughters- in-law, and grandchildrens’ visits, as they loved boating, fishing and shelling with him.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years; three sons Stewart (JoAnn) Turner, M.D., Cape Neddick, ME, Roger (Linda) Turner, Seattle, WA, and Michael (Lisa) Turner, Spring, TX; six grandchildren Elizabeth Turner, Sarah Turner, Marie Turner, Benjamin Turner, John Robert Turner, and Rachael Turner; sisters-in- law Anne Turner, Joanna Turner and Rosemary Geiger VonBank; brothersin- law Donald (Dorothy) Geiger, LeRoy (Jeanne) Geiger, and James (Sharon) Geiger; many nieces, nephews, great- nieces, great-nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers James Aubrey Turner and Bobby Gibson Turner. A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date in New Prague.
Memorials preferred to Hope Hospice in memory of Dr. Johnny W. Turner.