Lieutenant Colonel Robert R. “Bob” Turman, 73, of Ijamsville, Maryland, died on Wednesday, April 15, at his home.
Born in Woodbury, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Rex Cole and Rachel Vance Turman. He was united in marriage to Sharon Lee Turman.
Lieutenant Colonel Turman served 25 years in the U.S. Army, earning the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Army Commendation Medal, among other awards. His various assignments included a combat tour in Vietnam in 1966. After his retirement from the U.S. Army, he served in the federal government for another 20 years, specifically at the Department of Health and Human Services, where he helped shape budget and policy for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.
He was a member of and served as an elder for the Hyattstown Christian Church where he was also an enthusiastic member of the choir and attended the men’s fellowship group.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Wm. Andrew Turman of Ijamsville; one daughter, Liane M. Turman of Lancaster, California; one grandson; and sisters, Cornelia Bain of Nashville and Coleen Bertsch of Joppatowne, Maryland.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Elijah Turman of Memphis.
Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Hyattstown Christian Church in Clarksburg, Maryland, with the Rev. Lisa K. Smith officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday at the church one hour prior to services and following the service with a reception brunch.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for the charitable outreach programs at Mr. Turman’s church, Hyattstown Christian Church, 26012 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871.
Robert “Bob” Rex Turman
Funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery
Lieutenant Colonel Robert “Bob” Rex Turman died on April 15, 2015, at the age of 73, after a brief but aggressive cancer and his ashes were interred with full military honors on Dec. 23, 2015, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Formerly of Savannah, Mr. Turman was the son of the late Rex C. and Rachel Turman, also of Savannah.
He had retired in 1990 after serving 25 years in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. The honor guard from Ft. Meyers, Virginia provided support for the service with a military band and a platoon of soldiers. His ashes and U.S. Flag were carried to the grave site on a horse drawn carriage accompanied by the casket team on horse back. His family and friends followed on foot for the service officiated by a military chaplin.
Following the 21 gun salute, a bugler played Taps and the flag was folded and presented to Sharon Turman, Bob’s widow. His daughter, Liane, a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve and his son, Andrew were in attendance as were his sisters and close family members from Tennessee.