Rev. Donald Lee Turley

Born: Thu., Mar. 2, 1939
Died: Thu., Apr. 20, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 28, 2017
Location: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 29, 2017
Location: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Rev. Donald Lee Turley, 78, Fayetteville, PA and formerly of Middletown, MD returned to his heavenly home at the Washington Hospital Center after a long illness. 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 fifty-five years.

Born in Cumberland on March 2, 1939 he was a son of the late William thomas and Ivadean Kunkle Turley. Rev.Turley 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, DE;; Second Lutheran Church, Baltimore; and Zion Lutheran in Middletown, MD 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 twenty-six years retiring as a Colonel and was also the State Chaplain of Maryland for twelve 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 visisting with friends. He was a member of the Masonic lodge in Waynesboro, PA and the Tall Cedars of Hagerstown, MD. 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 from 5 to 7 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, 107 W. Main St., Middletown. Funeral services will be held 11 AM on Saturday April 29 from the church. Rev. Dr. Kathy Vitalis Hoffman and Rev. Dennis will officate. Interment will be made in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Zion Litheran Church or to Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.

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Steve and Wanda Bagent
   Posted Mon April 24, 2017
Our deepest sympathy and love to you Judy! Our hearts are sad, but we know that Don heard these words ....Well done, good and faithful servant! He was a true treasure to all who knew and loved him!
Steve and Wanda

Jack and Gerry Boglitsch
   Posted Mon April 24, 2017
What an honor to have know Pastor Turley. He was an AMAZING leader and friend. His personality , smile and caring touched our hearts as it did many others. Our prayers are with Judy and family . He is at peace now and a smile on his face while to beat Bob H to food line . Our sympathy, Jack and Gerry

Russell Witzke
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
It was a privilege to have been able to call Don a friend. As a funeral director in Baltimore we served many families together at their most difficult time. We shared some interesting and personal conversations while riding in the hearse on funerals. He had a deep love for his family and I have thought of him often when riding passed the church.

Sarah and Chris St. Jean
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
Dear Judy and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Pastor Turley's passing. I don't know if you remember me - I'm the youngest daughter of Shirley and Russ Conklin; and PT was my pastor at Second English throughout my middle, high school and college years. He married me and Chris 33 years ago this week and baptized both of our daughters in the early 90s. He was always kind, patient, caring, funny and a great spiritual mentor. He and Chris always appreciated their military connection as well. I remember when PT came to visit us while we were stationed in Germany and he was doing some military training nearby! We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our prayers are with you and the whole family. And I know my mom and dad and my sister Laurie were standing at the door to heaven ready to welcome him home!

The Rev. Dr. Robert L. Mordhorst
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
Dear Judy and family,

I opened today's Sun Paper and was saddened to learn of Don's passing. Lila and I extend our sincere sympathies and give thanks to a servant of the Lord who touched our lives during our time together in Baltimore, Don serving Second English and I serving Emmanuel, Catonsville. We pray that the good news we celebrate in this Easter season gives you all much comfort and hope.

Yours together in the Risen Christ,
Bob & Lila Mordhorst

Kathy Carr Maynard
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
Dear Judy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss! I have been thinking of you and Pastor Turley lately. Second English Church closed it's doors about a month ago and I have been reminiscing about my years there, especially my time when Pastor Turley was there. He was such an inspiration to all who attended Second Church. His faith, caring, quick wit, smile and devotion to all made a very lasting impression on all who knew him. May he Rest In Peace. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy Carr

Robbi Santore (Becker)
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
Dear Judy and Family:

I want to offer my sincere condolences on your recent loss. I was shocked to hear the news of Pastor Turley's passing and I can only imagine how difficult it has been for you and your family.

My family has known Pastor Turley most of my life and he was always a constant, spiritual inspiration, in such a compassionate and humorous way! I feel blessed to have had his spiritual guidance, from confirmation through marriage. My son Vincent was the last baptism performed at our church, and he did so with such heartfelt conviction and personal touch!

Throughout my life, I always looked forward to spending time with Pastor Turley and getting caught up in his positive outlook. He is truly one of a kind, and will be missed dearly! I hope that in some small way these words will bring comfort to you and your family at this sad time.

May God's Blessings and Peace be with You All,
Robbi Santore (Becker Family)

Rev. Edward H. Peppler
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
Dear Judy and Family -
I read of Don's passing this morning in today's paper. Karla's and my hearts go out to you and your family. I remember the old years when Don and I served in the same area and in those days of Luther League and even some of the adventures of our shared Military Chaplaincy - though I was with the Active and Troop Unit Reserve rather than the Guard.
Our contacts for the past bunch of years have been through prayer rather than in person, but you folks have been in thought and prayer.
May the presence of God hold you close to His heart now and in the future!
Ed and Karla Peppler

David Piel
   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
The world lost a great man when you went to join our Lord. You were tremendously influential in my life and I will always feel blessed for having you as my pastor for many years. Your unyielding will to carry forth the word of the Lord in an increasing secular world was always inspiring. I pray the Lord wraps his loving arms around your family and comforts them with the knowledge you are walking with the Lord now, at peace and no longer in any pain.

Rev. Blaine Feightner
   Posted Wed April 26, 2017
So sad to hear the news of your loss, Judy. Don was a real friend who stood by me and many others. He was a 'True Man of God'. I was blessed to have served with him. Blaine & Donna

harry brooks
   Posted Thu April 27, 2017
Judy, my thought and prayers go out to you and your family on the loss of Don. I was surprised to find out he had passed. He was a special friend that will be missed.

Lesley Hite
   Posted Sun April 30, 2017
Judy, Leigh Ann, and Rob:

I'm so sorry to hear about Pastor Turley. I have a lot of fond memories of him from Second English back in the day. May your best memories carry you through these difficult times.


Bill Van Hall
   Posted Thu May 18, 2017
Don Turley was my friend. Judy, my thoughts and prayers are and have been with you and your family. God bless you all.

George S. Bowden
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
May God grant you peace at this time of sorrow.

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Julia Martin Johnson
   Posted Thu September 06, 2018
I am so sorry to see that Pastor Turley passed away. Linda and I were reminiscing about the trip to New Orleans for the Lutheran Convention in 1976 and hadg fond memories. PT married me and baptized my son. He was such a down to earth, engaging, funny person. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

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