Floyd ‘Doc’ Turner, known for cowboy portrayal, dies at 96

Floyd “Doc” Turner was the longtime greeter and advertising spokesman for Old West Steakhouse in Salisbury. He gave up the role five years ago when he was 91.

Floyd Bowen “Doc” Turner Jr. passed away Sept. 1, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born July 30, 1921, in Ridley Park, Pa., and was the son of Floyd Bowen Turner Sr. and Maude Virginia Mumford Turner, who were both of Berlin.

He and his parents returned to the Eastern Shore when he was 2 years old and resided in Salisbury.

In his lifetime Doc had many jobs — beginning with sewing machine salesman when he was 19 and ending with his job as a cowboy greeter (“Denver Doc”) at the Old West Steakhouse in Salisbury.

He retired from that job at 91 years of age.

In between those occupations, he was a cucumber packer, short-order cook, welder in the Salisbury Shipyard and Wayne Pump Co. He was also a soldier in the Army Air Force, salvage diver for the Maryland State Police, a postal clerk, Deputy Sheriff and court security officer — just to name a few.

When Doc was younger he enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay in his sailboat the “Alice B.”

He had many hobbies: published author of articles and poems, photographer, Ham radio operator and founder and member of “Padens Posse.”

He thought of all of the cowboys as family especially John Brenner and the Bob Lewis Family.

He was predeceased by his wife Phyllis Dell Turner a stepdaughter, Janis Dell Parks; and a brother, Donald Richard Turner.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda “Lin” Turner Krautwurst and her husband, Bill, his grandsons, Jay and Scot Disharoon; great-grandsons, Tyler, Jake and Will; a stepson, Tom Dell and his family of Florida; a step-granddaughter, Heather Parks Ezrine; and stepgrandson, Chris Parks.

Doc has donated his body to the Anatomy Board of Maryland with the hope that he may help medical science. No formal services are planned at this time.

Donations may be made to Coastal Hospice Inc., P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802-1733.

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