Milton James 'Turk' Turkington Jr.


Posted: Friday, December 07, 2001

Longtime Homer resident Milton "Turk" Turkington Jr. died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer after a long bout with cancer. He was 79.

A gathering of friends and family will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Anchor River Inn in Anchor Point.

Mr. Turkington was born May 10, 1922, in Manchester, Conn. He served as a U.S. Naval pilot during World War II from 1942 to 1946. He also served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He moved to Homer in 1959. He worked in the insurance business since graduating from high school. While in Alaska, he was the president and principal stockholder of Inlet Insurance Agency in Homer and Soldotna from 1959 to 1978.

Over the next few years he worked part time due to some health problems, then returned to full-time work in 1989 and retired in the early 1990s.

Mr. Turkington enjoyed sport fishing and hunting.

He had various civic and avocational affiliations, including president of the Homer Civic League, city council member for seven years in Homer, chairman of the Homer Charter Commission, city manager for Homer, president of the chamber of commerce for two terms and president of the Guy Waddell Sportsmen Association of Homer.

He also served as the president of the Territorial School Board and subsequently president of the Homer Advisory School Board, member of the board of the Homer Soil Conservation District, and member on the board of directors of the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Turkington is survived by his sons Milton III of Homer and Robert of Anchorage; daughters Cheryl Domingo (currently residing in Germany) and Karen Iarossi of Anchorage; brothers Robert of Homer, Phillip of Soldotna and Stephen of Arizona; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Homer, P.O. Box 4174, Homer, AK 99603.

Arrangements were made by the Homer Funeral Home.

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