March 19, 1922 — July 10, 2015
Keith Erin Turley, longtime Seaside resident, passed away July 10, 2015. He was born in Portland, Ore., on March 19, 1922. His parents were Elvy E. Turley and Leona E. Brown Turley.
After graduating from Lincoln High School, he joined the U.S. Army. He served honorably in the European, African, and Middle Eastern services. His working career was with the railroad.
He had an affinity for all things related to trains and travel. One of the highlights of his life was international travel. He visited all of the continents numerous times. He embraced the varying aspects of history, literature, cuisine, architecture, art, and music. Keith particularly relished his prolonged leisurely jaunts to Spain and Portugal.
Later, Keith met the love of his life, Mary Ellen. She came replete with a spirited Irish brood, which he boldly embraced. Together, they spent many hours sharing stories, jokes, games and sustenance. He had a special bond with his buddy, debater of world issues, and brother-in-law, Jim Heuer.
Keith took great pride in his memberships and in relationships in numerous fraternal organizations, including the American Legion, the Moose, and the Elks. He also enjoyed visiting the Waikiki Elks Lodge in Honolulu.
Keith was afforded unique opportunities. Through chance encounters he formed special relationships throughout the world. His smarts, quick wit, creativity, and excellent listening skills made him a special friend. Keith’s 92 years on earth represent a life well lived. He leaves a lasting mark, and will be forever missed by those he positively impacted.
The family wishes to thank Melanie Bolles for the care and compassion she provided. Bob Smith was his unwavering friend and companion. He also derived joy from his canine companion, Teddy Bear.
Keith is survived by his sisters-in-law, Patricia and Helen Heuer; his two grandchildren, Harland and Jessica Spinks; and numerous nieces and nephews, their spouses, children and grandchildren. A stepson, Robert Lance Spinks, resides in Louisiana.
A private burial service has taken place at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.
A celebration of Keith’s life will be hosted by Pat Heuer at the Seaside Elks Lodge, 324 Avenue A, on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at 1 p.m.
Remembrances in Keith’s name may be made to the Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, or the Oregon Wounded Warrior Project.