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Ralph Lee Turner

February 18, 1921 - January 19, 1989

Elizabeth Myrtle Patterson Turner
April 18, 1920 - June 27, 1988

New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy, PA

Elizabeth Myrtle Patterson Turner

Ralph was the son of Ruth Sommer and Heber Dickerman Turner of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. He had two brothers and a sister, and they lived on a farm with his grandparents. Ralph’s father was killed in a motorcycle accident when Ralph was just six years old. It became necessary for his mother to then earn a living that required her to live at the Danville Hospital where she acquired work. Because of that, Ralph and his siblings were put into the Odd Fellows Orphanage in Sunbury, PA, where they were raised until emancipation.

While growing up in the orphanage, he met Elizabeth Myrtle Patterson, the daughter of Marie Catherine Fetterman and John Erwin Patterson, whom he married on January 31, 1942. When Ralph enlisted in the Navy, Liz went to live with her sister in Upper Darby, PA. At this time, she worked as a sales lady for W. T. Grant's, a 5 & 10 department store. After Ralph’s honorable discharge from the U. S. Navy, he and Liz relocated to Marysville, Pennsylvania, where Ralph began working for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and Liz became a homemaker and raised their two children. He started as a fireman, actually shoveling coal into the engine to make “fire” to run the engine, and later became an Engineer. He retired from Conrail, formerly PRR. Ralph was a member of the VFW and always enjoyed hunting and gardening.

It was Liz’s wish to be cremated and her remains buried next to her mother-in-law, and so she is buried here. When Ralph died just seven months later, it was his wish that he be cremated and his remains go to the seven seas . . . Susquehanna to the Chesapeake, to the Atlantic, etc., so on Father’s Day in 1989, his son and daughter honored his request by throwing his ashes from the Rockville Railroad Bridge near his home.

Plaque documented May 31, 2004.