Obituary Notice: Leo W. “Pook” Turner

Obituary Notice: Leo W. “Pook” Turner (Provided photo)

Leo Walter “Pook” Turner, 87, of West Decatur died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at the Mountain Laurel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Clearfield, surrounded by his family, after a lengthy illness.

Born Aug. 28, 1930 in Woodland, he was the son of Leo and Nellie Wilma (McTavish) Turner.

Mr. Turner had first been employed by Williams Grove Clay Products (Glen-Gerry Corp.) of Bigler. He then worked for Bradford Coal Co. of Bigler and J.J. Powell Co. He later retired from Harbison-Walker Mining and Refractories of Clearfield.

He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church of West Decatur, where he had taught Bible studies and was a trustee and usher.

His activities included baseball, which involved coaching and managing both little and teener league teams; softball; bowling; and square dancing with the Chinklacamoose Squares.

On Aug. 15, 1952 in the Salem Evangelical United Brethren Church (United Methodist Church), he wed the former Elizabeth Louise “Betty Lou” Shaw, who survives.

He’s survived by four children, Robert “Bob” Turner and his wife, Ann and Gary Turner and his wife, Dolly, both of West Decatur; the Rev. Brenda Leigey and her husband, Allen of Woodland and Theresa Krise and her husband, Russell of Allport.

He is survived by eight grandchildren, Mindy and her husband, Neal, Darren and his wife, Heather, Nathan and his wife, Misti, Leah and her husband, Barry, Stacey and her husband, Dan, Skyler, Macala and Austin; eight great-grandchildren, Hannah, Aarron, Taylor, Dylan, Evelyn, Owen, Elsey and Courtney; and a great-great granddaughter, Elliot Rose.

In addition, he is survived by a brother and two sisters, Gordon Turner and his wife, Sylvia and Charlotte McBride,, both of Clearfield, and Eileen Robenolt and her husband, Ardell “Buddy” of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Clark and Bonnie Britton.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Salem United Methodist Church in West Decatur with the Rev. Michael Knepp officiating. Burial will be in the Bigler Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday at the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home Inc. of Clearfield and again from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

The family suggests contributions be made to either the Salem United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Sandie Shively, 1676 Wallaceton-Bigler Hwy., West Decatur, PA 16878, the American Cancer Society, 108R N. Second St., Suite 1B Clearfield, PA 16830 or the Clearfield County SPCA, 275 21st St., Clearfield, PA 16830.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home Inc. of Clearfield is in charge of the arrangements.

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