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The Rev. Donald Lee Turley, 78, Fayetteville, and formerly of Middletown, returned to his heavenly home on Thursday, April 20, 2017, after a long illness at the Washington Hospital Center. His devotion to his family and friends, along with his faith in God, supported his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. He was the husband of Judith A. Turley his wife of 55 years.
Born in Cumberland on March 2, 1939, he was a son of the late William Thomas and Ivadean Kunkle Turley.
Don attended Lenoir Rhyne College and graduated from Frostburg State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He graduated from Gettysburg Seminary in 1965 with a Masters of Divinity degree and was ordained in the Lutheran Church shortly thereafter. He served congregations at All Saints Lutheran, Baltimore, Hope Lutheran Church, New Castle, Del., Second English Lutheran, Baltimore, and Zion Lutheran in Middletown, until his retirement in 2003. He was honored as pastor emeritus at Second English and Zion Lutheran.
He served in the Army of the Maryland National Guard for 26 years retiring as a colonel and was also the state chaplain of Maryland for 12 years.
His hobbies included golf, fishing, and hunting. He loved model trains and had an extensive train garden. He also loved his vacation home in West Virginia, commonly referred to as "The Cabin," and visiting with friends. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Waynesboro, Pa., and the Tall Cedars of Hagerstown.
Don's life revolved around family, church, and the community. He touched many lives with his humor, compassion, and spiritual strength.
Surviving, besides his wife, are two children, son, Robert Turley; daughter, Leigh Anne Alexander and husband, Dr. Jeffrey Alexander; and grandchildren, Brooke, Courtney and Drew Alexander. He is also survived by his two sisters, C. Jean Burgess and Joanne Moffett; and numerous, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 107 W. Main St., Middletown.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the church. The Rev. Dr. Kathy Vitalis Hoffman, the Rev. Dennis Beaver and the Rev. Drahus Oslik will officiate.
Interment will be made in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church; or to Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.
Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements and guestbook at DBThompsonfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 24, 2017
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