Joseph Ryan Turner


Joseph Ryan Turner of Tolar, 19, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Hood County from an automobile accident.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Granbury. Interment: Holly Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wiley Funeral Home.

Ryan was born in Melbourne, Fla. where his father Randy was stationed in the Air Force. He was Randy and Teresa’s third son and absolutely loved his friends in Tolar, where his family has lived since moving from Pecan Plantation in 2007.

He always excelled in school, especially in history, and was an avid reader who would read a book cover to cover without a break. He attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock after graduating from Tolar High School in 2011 and was taking a break from school before applying to Tarleton for classes this summer.

He had been a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Granbury since moving to Hood County in 1999 and believed so strongly in the Lord and in God’s love and grace. For someone so young he was so wise and had the unique ability to separate disagreement from respect and courtesy and he loved so many people and was loved by so very many. He loved to laugh and was so quick he could make you laugh at anything.

Ryan was preceded in death by his grandmother Mary Ann Turner and grandfathers, Curtis L. Turner, Frank Ward and his very special “Grack,” Donald Gustin whom he loved so very much.

Survivors: Parents, Randy and Teresa Turner of Tolar; brothers, Andrew Turner, Nicholas Turner; sister, Claire Turner, all of Tolar; grandmother, Glenda Gustin of Midlothian; great grandmother, Vaida Walters of Tolar; uncles, Darrel Ward of Belton, Dan Turner and wife, Mercedes, of Katy; aunt, Elaine Turner of Arlington; cousins, Daniel, Ben, Eddy and John.

Wiley Funeral Home made arrangements.