John Turley, Jr. (Jack)

John Turley, Jr.,(Jack) age 75 of Basye, Virginia, died Sunday February 21, 2016 at his home at Bryce Resort in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, with his beloved wife by his side.

Born May 28, 1940 in Cumberland, Maryland. He was the son of John Turley, Sr. and Vivian L. Weimer Turley. He married Patricia Ann Linaburg on September 12, 1964. He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughter, Debra L. Turley, son, Brian Keith Turley, and a granddaughter Denise Ashley Johnson.

Graduated from Frostburg State University in 1962 with a BS in Mathematics and Teaching with minors in Physics and Chemistry.

Retired 1990 as a Commander in the US Navy after 28 years (1963-1990) of service. His last tour of duty was on the Battle Staff, President of the United States, President George Bush (dad Bush). Key assignments included Operations Officer Military Sealift Command (MSC) controlling over 300 ships, Engineering officer of a USN aircraft carrier, CINCPACFLT Logistic Command where he developed and implemented operational and maintenance plans for the Navy’s Rapid Deployment Force, four tours in Vietnam and Operations, Weapons and Maintenance advisor to the South Korean Navy. He spent most of his time at sea on destroyers (Tincans).

Spent 8 years (1990-1998) as Deputy Director of Security with The International Monetary Fund (IMF) planning and coordinating the security for VIP visits for Heads of State and other Ministers.

Spent 2 years (1999-2000) as deputy Director of Security at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing revamping the security system and installing over 500 cameras and establishing a Security Operations Command and Monitoring Center.

Jack was a member of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 936, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2447 and American Legion Post 199.

He was a member of the Basye/Bryce Mountain Lions Club, SAHMSU board, was President of the Sky Bryce Home Owners Association and a member of Bryce Resort. He volunteered and served as Disaster Chairman of the Shenandoah Chapter of the American Red Cross serving Shenandoah & Page Counties.

He loved living at Bryce Resort and being part of such a close community and enjoyed volunteering for everything and anything. He loved coordinating golf, bowling, and Virginia football games.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Mt. Jackson. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Adams Family Funeral Home in Cumberland, MD.

Committal will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery in Flintstone, MD with Chaplin Bob Lloyd officiating. Military Honors will be accorded at the Cemetery by Post # 13 Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Basye Bryce Mountain Lion’s Club.

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20 Condolences to John Turley, Jr. (Jack)

  1. Robert Schwenger says:

    Wonderful, bighearted man. Always willing to help any cause here in Basye. He will be missed.

  2. Cathie Taylor says:

    Pat, so very sorry for your loss of your beloved husband. Praying for you and your family. God bless. Hugs,

  3. Steve Dansker says:

    By any measure, he was a giant of a man. He was a model of dedication and knowledge. In anything he chose to do, he excelled. He was a friend and mentor to literally thousands. Paula & I will miss him greatly.

  4. Rob and Patty Schwartz says:

    Patty and I send our heartfelt condolences from afar. I will miss Jack’s upbeat enthusiasm and love of life. I often use him as an example of how we should act and how we define ourselves as caring people.
    With love and support,
    Rob and Patty

  5. Austine Eversole says:

    Jack was one of the kindest warmest men I ever met. He always had time to make you feel good even when he himself was feeling bad. We will miss him and the “mountain” just got smaller without him there. Our love to you, Pat, and all the family. Austine and Tom

  6. Hugh and Diane Hanson says:

    There is no doubt that Jack lived life to the fullest. He will be missed by every person and activity here at Bryce Resort. We offer our sympathies to Pat and his family.

  7. Mel littlepage says:

    Our most heartfelt condolences to Pat, Brian, Debbie and Denise. Jack was an excellent friend, mentor and community role model. He was a self-proclaimed Proud American, but he was also a “real deal” American War Hero and the ultimate community volunteer. Our little part of the world has lost an outstanding citizen, and we have lost a great friend. Everyone who knew Jack Turley was richer for the experience.
    Mel & Kay Littlepage

  8. Bob and Nesha Hillman says:

    Tues.Feb.23,2015
    Pat,
    Please accept our condolences and sympathy for the loss of your husband. I knew Jack from a long time ago when I was aboard the Ready Eddie he being the chief engineer and myself an enlisted man in the supply department. If I had to serve again in the navy Jack would be the officer I like to have on my ship. This truly a man who served his country with the finest traditions doing his duty. May God bless Jack that he rest in peace and you Pat in this time of sadness.
    Sincerely,
    Bob and Nesha Hillman

  9. John and Cecelia Abrams says:

    A Sailor has returned home. In every successful community, there are a few guys and gals just like Jack Turley. Volunteer leader for everything he can possibly do to help make the community better. No more dedicated member of Bryce community than Jack. In some ways, he was the conscience of the community’s commitment to service and the greater community of the Shenandoah Valley. Great passion for Bryce and friends of Bryce. He always described his pride in the support of his friends at Bryce for he and his family. Those who have served or had family that served in the military know the jobs he held were tough and required great sacrifice. Jack succeeded because of his love for nation, the United States Navy, and his family. God bless Jack…..faithful servant his journey complete and mission accomplished. RIP

  10. Wendy Cummings says:

    My sincere condolences to Mr. Turley’s family. He was such a kind-hearted soul. He will be greatly missed.

  11. Crystal and Michael Fleming says:

    So very sorry – He was a big part of Bryce Resort!

  12. Don Farrar Jr. says:

    You will truly be missed by everyone that knows you. Smooth sailing, SIR. May GOD bless your family. Don Farrar Jr 1970-1973 U.S.S. RS Edwards DD-950

  13. Carole Gee says:

    Jack will be missed by many. The world was a much better place because Jack was here. Langston felt especially close to Jack. Maybe there is a Lion’s Club in heaven. Every time you think of him say “I love you”. It, then, will be a positive thought. Love is endless and timeless. Love and peace to all. Carole Gee

  14. Rick Moomaw says:

    How very lucky we were that a man of Jacks’ caliber was willing to take on the everyday tasks that are required to keep a small community going. We are all better off because of his efforts. Condolences to Pat and the family.

  15. Dawn Turner says:

    We are so sorry to hear the loss of our good friend and Lionsman Jack. He was a wonderful person to be around with and very friendly to work with. He was an asset to our SAHSMU and will be sadly missed by all. My father Donald O. Turner was a former member of The Broadway Lions Club and my mother Vivian Turner which is still a member. Both knew Jack real well and worked with him on the Unit and on the Board. My father got the Sight and Hearing Unit going and was a driver/technician. He enjoyed working with Jack on and off the Unit. Jack was a great volunteer and loved working with the public. Jack you will be missed by ALL Lions Clubs that you have touched in so many ways. My father passed away September 2, 2013 and Jack was such a wonderful person and friend to be there for our family and to help in anyway as a Lionsman and Friend. God Bless You for that. You and my dad will have alot to talk about now in heaven regarding Lions and the Unit. RIP in my friend. Dawn and Vivian Turner

  16. Mike Shults says:

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  17. Judie and Juan Rodriguez says:

    Pat,
    We are deeply sorry for your loss, what a truly wonderful and genuine man. Enjoyed our meetings at the P.O. Always was so upbeat and kind- hearted, not many like him around.
    Godspeed…………
    We’ll miss you, and our condolences to you Pat and your family.
    Judie and Johnny

  18. Jim and Beverlee Kelly says:

    We really enjoyed the brief time we got to spend with Jack and Pat at various R.S. Edwards reunions, and we will miss him at future reunions. His hard work as Chief Engineer made my time in that job much easier. Fair winds and following seas, Shipmate.

  19. John Fasce says:

    Pat may I offer you my sincerest sympathy to you and you children at this worst time in your life. I pray that your suffering will be brief and that I will be able to see you and Debbie in Branson.

  20. Denise and Steve Call says:

    Jack was a giant of our generation. He affected everyone who came in contact with him with his robust smile and sincere kindness. Our condolences to Pat, his equal partner, and his children. It was our privilege to have known him.