James Arthur Turner, age 85 years, died Dec. 24, 2011, at the Booker Rest Home.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the Hubbard-Rogg Chapel with Pastor Greg Brownell officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in the Dayton City Cemetery. Those who wish may contribute to the Dayton Alumni Association or the charity of the donor's choice through Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home 111 S. 2nd St., Dayton, WA 99328.
Jim was born May 1, 1926, at the home of his parents, Arthur and Ada Burnell Turner, in the community of Turner in Columbia County. He was a Dayton High School graduate with the class of 1945. He enlisted in the Army and was a part of the occupation forces in Japan. Following his discharge he returned home to farm with his father and brother. On Feb. 19, 1949, he married Pat Callahan in a ceremony held in Turner. She died Dec. 12, 1985. In May of 1986 he married Laura Berry.
Jim was very active in his community, his memberships included Masonic Lodge #26, Royal Arch Chapter #5, Eagles, Elks, Columbia County Cattleman Association, Dayton Alumni Association and Whetstone Grange #1034. He also served on boards of the Columbia County Grain Growers, Columbia County and Washington State Wheat Association and was a volunteer fireman and commissioner of Fire District #3. He was a 4-H leader of the Upper Whetstone Fleecers for many years and served as president of the Columbia County Fair Board for several terms. He was a State Grange deputy and was past chairman of the Columbia County Democratic Central Committee.
He is survived by his wife, Laura at the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Judy Turner; a foster son, Bob Dunlap; step-daughters, Beverly Rising, Sandra Massey, Shelli Bryant, Becky Kochmeder and Sherri Farr; numerous grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Betty Turner; and nephew, Rick (Val) Turner. xx