Harold Ray Turner Sept. 29, 1941 – April 27, 2024


Harold Ray Turner, of Gillette, died Saturday, April 27, at Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette after a short illness. He was 82.

Graveside services were held Thursday, May 9, at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette.

Harold was born Sept. 29, 1941, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, one of three sons born to Elias Dee and Thelma Maxine (McMullin) Turner. Maxine later married Chuck Enterline, and the number of Harold’s siblings more than doubled.

He attended Rangely High School in Rangely, Colorado, before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1959. Through two enlistments, he served with the 101st and 82nd Airborne and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Okinawa, Japan.

He married Sandra Percifield in 1958, and they had one daughter, Lonnie. They divorced in 1962.

He married Renee Elaine Turner in 1964, in Fort Collins, Colorado, and they had three children: Shauna, Bill and Shelly. Renee died of cancer in 1992.

Harold and Renee moved to Gillette in 1968, where he worked in the oilfield as an operator for Dunbar Well Service before starting his own hot oil truck business, T&S Hot Oil Service. He moved to Evanston in 1994 and started HB&R Services, which he ran until he retired.

He married Lorraine Hansen in Evanston in 1996. She died in 2015, and he moved back to Gillette in 2018.

He loved watching old westerns and thought that the world would be better if John Wayne could be in it. He enjoyed anything related to the outdoors, and long ago learned to appreciate the ability of a camper or motor home to bring his family together.

Camping trips also often included hauling a boat and doing his best to challenge his children on water skis. He enjoyed riding anything with a motor and loved working on old cars, rebuilding several in the 1980s in Gillette, including a 1956 Ford and a 1957 Chevy.

He adored his grandchildren and the dogs he had throughout his life, most recently his friend, Lucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Renee, on Oct. 1, 1992; his wife, Lorraine, on Sept. 11, 2015; and his brother, William D. Turner of Meeker, Colorado.

He is survived by his children: Lonnie Dee (Rick) Kindall of Green River; Shauna Kay (Tim) Torpey of Rapid City, South Dakota; William Joe (Ann) of Gillette; and Michelle Lee Turner of Gillette. He is also survived by six siblings; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.