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Robert H. Turner

December 16, 1938 — April 2, 2022

Robert H. Turner

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Robert H. Turner, affectionately known as Bob, died at his Carlsbad, NM home on April 2, 2022, at the age of 83 with his beloved family by his side. A Veteran of the Vietnam War and Desert Shield, he proudly served his country in the Army for 30 years. He retired as a Command Sergeant Major in 1991 out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his service, CSM Turner was awarded the following decorations: Army Service Ribbon; Army Lapel Button; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star; Master Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Combat Infantry Badge; Distinguished Unit Citation; Vietnam Service Medal-7; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Bronze Star Medal (10LC); Bronze Star Medal with V Device; Overseas Service Ribbon-2; Meritorious Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon-5; Army Good Conduct Medal (10th Award); Army Commendation Medal (10LC).

Robert was born on December 16, 1938, in Bedford, PA (Friend’s Cove), to Andrew Earl Turner and Sara Susan (Hartman) Turner. He grew up in a modest country home in Bedford with his 4 older siblings where he tended to the farm animals every morning as well as his pets. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1957 and began his work life on a local farm. He went onto enlist in the U.S. Army in 1961, at the age of 22. He met his wife, Erma, while stationed at Fort Bliss, TX, and they married April of 1983. Robert moved to Carlsbad, NM with his wife and youngest daughter after retiring from the military in 1991.

Robert was known for being a hardworking, honest, and kind man who was respected by many. His favorite pass times included golfing, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. Robert took care of so many over the years, always putting others first. It was an honor to his family to be able to care for him in his last days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Sara; his brothers, Bill, Allen, and Joseph Turner; his sister, Jean Downing. He is survived by his wife, Erma Calderon Turner, of the family home; daughters, Denise Turner of Carlsbad, NM, Lina Gonzalez (Santos) of San Pedro De Paos, Alajuela, Costa Rica, and Tina Culpepper (Jim) of Snellville, GA; grandchildren, Alannah, Ryan, Lukas, Von, Adorne, Adrienna and David; sisters-in-laws, Estela Osborne (Robert), Elva Fuentes (Rick), and Marlene Turner; niece, Lorijean Turner; and many other nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family would like to thank TLC Home Health for the wonderful care they provided.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Carlsbad Cemetery with Pastor Michael Lee officiating. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Carlsbad Foundation, Epifanio "Epi" Calderon Memorial Loving High School Scholarship, 114 S. Canyon Street, Carlsbad, NM  88220. Condolences may be expressed at

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