Robert Winn Turney
Monday 7th of June 2021
Robert Winn Turney, beloved husband, father and a great friend to many, passed away on June 7, 2021.
He was born in 1939 in Paris, KY and is predeceased by his parents, Jess M. and Jean Turney and Helen Sheridan Cruise, a sister Mary Ewing Turney Hail, and a brother Clell Turney.
He adored his family and is survived by his wife, Sally Turney, a sister, Bettie Greenup, and his children Bart (Holly) Turney of Anchorage, KY, Lori (Troy) Buhs of Naples, FL and Brooke (Andy) Haymaker of Lexington, three grandchildren, Holden Turney, Hayes Barton Turney, and Jack Hamilton and nieces and nephews.
Winn was proud to have to have served his country in the United States Army. He was a graduate of Paris High School, Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky School of Law. He practiced law for many years and served as an assistant Fayette County attorney. He served as the Commissioner for the Department of Aviation for the Commonwealth of Kentucky under Governor Steve Beshear.
Winn served his community in various capacities including as a founding member of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, board member of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government airport board, member of the founding board of the Georgetown-Scott County Regional airport, board member of the Cane Ridge Meeting House, member of the Rotary Club of Lexington, and a member of Crestwood Christian Church.
A licensed pilot, Winn had a lifelong passion for all things aviation and enjoyed golf and family in his free time.
Winn’s wish was that any memorial gifts be made to the Cane Ridge Meeting House, P.O. Box 26, Paris, KY 40362.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 18 from 9:30 - 11:30 am, followed by a funeral at 11:30 am at Milward--Southland, 391 Southland Dr. Private military burial to follow.
Dear Sally and family, I just learned about Winn's passing. I have been recently hoping we could get together this summer. He and I had a special connection as we used to limp around meetings together, all of which we took into stride. I will always be grateful for you and he attending my TAHF Induction in 2012. God Bless you from Karin and I. Our love, BOB
Sally, my prayers are with you and your family as you go through these difficult days. I am sorry I will not be able to attend Winn's service but I will be thinking of you.
Sally and family so sorry to hear about Winn. He was a real friend and will be missed by all that knew him. I really enjoyed working with him on the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame committee. He could always bring aviation to life with some of his stories. Rest In Peace good aviator.
My prayers for your comfort and strength....love
Winn once shared a wonderful story about a wedding he attended. The wedding party took its heritage very seriously. As Winn told it, the groom and groomsmen were all dressed in kilts! He shared this at the aviation museum, in a way only Winn could describe. We will miss his vibrant spirit in the hangar.
I'm so sorry to see this. Winn was a great friend and one of the forces behind the creation of The Avalon Museum of Kentucky and the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame. You will be missed.