BALLANTINE — Nicholas Edward Turner, 23, of Ballantine, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013. Nicholas was born to Linda and Jim Turner on July 20, 1989. Nick “Nicky T” graduated from Huntley Project High School in 2008, enlisted in the Army, and was a current member of the Montana Army National Guard as an E4 Specialist. His assignments included two tours of duty, one in Korea and one recent tour in Afghanistan. He was committed to serving his country and community.
Nicholas touched so many people’s lives. His enthusiastic character and addictive laughter enhanced his personality to all who knew him. Nick was the most loyal, hardworking and reliable soldier, friend and employee. He always had a kind word and offered a hand where needed. Nick would light up a room when he walked in with his laughter and always being the funny one. He was such a precious gift to everyone who met him.
Nick’s hobbies included playing Xbox, riding motorcycles, 4-wheeling and working on his truck or Mud bogging with his buddies every chance he got. His Dodge diesel pickup was his pride and joy.
He is survived by his parents Jim and Linda Turner, sister Sadie and brother Jesse Seward (Stacy) his nephews Travis, Garrett and Wyatt, of Worden; grandmother Marlene Kiel of Roundup; uncle Andy (Heidi) Kiel, cousins Tanner and Taylor; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Nicholas also leaves behind many wonderful friends including his “forever friends” Chad Hofmann, Tyler Striegel and William Finco; and a young man who admired him more than words can say, “baby Q-Kordel;” as well as his girlfriend, Paulina Aplin and her son, Alex.
Services will be held at Faith Chapel Shiloh Road on Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at the Yellowstone County Veteran’s Cemetery in Laurel with full Military Honors.
Family asks that all donations be made in Nicholas’s name to the Montana Supporting Soldiers, Box 4964, Helena, MT 59604, 406-431-7699; or the Honor and Remember Program, Lisa Bohrnsen, 400 Upper Rock Creek Road, Phillipsburg, MT 59858.
May you rest in peace, Nicholas Edward Turner, we love and miss you more than words can express.
Smith Funeral Chapels is in charge of arrangements.