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Ray F. Turknett, 93, of Stephenville, died Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Fort Worth.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 PM Friday at West End Cemetery in Stephenville.
Ray Turknett, generous leader, brave soldier, devoted husband, and the solid foundation of his family, lived what he modestly referred to as “a good life” for 93 years, until his transition to eternal life on March 7, 2015. He began his life in Cisco, Texas in 1921, and was one of 13 children growing up during the Great Depression. He selflessly fought for his country in WWII, leaving his new bride and love of his life stateside for the first 3 years of their marriage. He became a pillar of his community in 1951, after he completed his BS in Agricultural Education at Texas Tech, and decided to begin a life in Stephenville. He had what he always referred to as a “very rewarding career” in Agricultural Lending that spanned over 50 years. But greater than those achievements, was his strength, his wisdom, his beautiful spirit, and the constant outpouring of love from his generous heart. He was truly cherished by those blessed to know him. To his eldest sister, he was “always such a good boy.” To his one and only son, he was “not only his dad but his very best and dearest friend.” To his two granddaughters, he was Jennifer’s “heart” and Katie’s “sweet Granddaddy.” He was loved by many and left a legacy of love that spans generations. He is survived by son Steve Turknett and daughter-in-law Heather Turknett; granddaughter Jennifer Bachino, grandson-in-law William Bachino, and great-grandson Nathaniel; granddaughter Katie Brewer, grandson-in-law Mark Brewer, and great-grandsons Harrison and Philip.
The Turknett family wishes expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to Fosters Home for Children.