Joseph Francis Turner, III, 74, of Finksburg, died Monday, December 27, 2021 at Carroll Hospital Center. Born December 5, 1947 in Baltimore Maryland, he was the son of the late Patricia (Faherty) Turner and Joseph Francis Turner, Jr.
He is survived by his brother, William Turner of Hampstead; Aunt Betty Turner of Fulton, NY; Nephew Timothy Turner of Hampstead; his Niece Christina Bowman of Manchester; and his Cousin Mary Lee Savory of Hannibal, NY.
Joe graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1965. He attended Catonsville Community College graduating with an Associate in Arts degree in 1968. Joe then joined the Navy during Vietnam and reported aboard the USS Cambria assigned to the Disbursing Office in Norfolk, Virginia where he maintained pay accounts. He transferred to the USS Sandoval and coordinated pay for Marines during a Mediterranean deployment. In 1970, Joe was transferred to the Navy Finance Office in Port Hueneme, California where he also maintained pay accounts. Joe was released from active duty in 1971at the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class to pursue college at UMBC.
In 1974, after working various jobs, including selling vacuum cleaners with his Uncle John Faherty, Joe rejoined the Navy. He was a Disbursing Clerk with Attack Squadron 87 at Cecil Field, FL Naval Air Station. Joe married Karla who was also enlisted Navy in 1975. Joe received an Honorable discharge from the Navy in 1976 at the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. Joe then became a Federal Civil Service employee in Jacksonville, FL working as a Military Pay Supervisor.
In 1984 Joe transferred to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland as a Disbursing Officer. Joe and Karla were divorced in 1985. Joe later transferred to Fort Ritchie in Washington County, Maryland performing military pay for the Army until the base closed in 1998, with Joe taking Federal Civil Service retirement. Joe received many commendations and awards during his military and civilian service.
Services will be private at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.
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