WATERVILLE, MAINE — Richard Milton Turner, 90, mechanical engineer and World War II veteran, died peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Togus V.A., Augusta. He was surrounded by family. He was born in Palermo, Maine on July 20, 1923, the son of Milton L. and Bertha Brown Turner. He attended Waterville schools and graduated from Waterville High School, Class of 1941. He continued his education at the former Coburn Classical Institute and later entered the University of Maine, Orono. Richard left college his freshman year to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corp. Following training in electronics, radio and radar, he was stationed with the 505th Bombardment Group, 20th Airforce, based on Tinian Island, in the South Pacific, the base from which the first atomic bomb was launched. He flew eight successful missions over Japan aboard B-29s. He was most proud that his unit had received the Presidential Citation for the mining of Japan’s Inland Sea. Following his discharge in 1946, he returned to his studies at the University of Maine where he pursued a degree in mechanical engineering. Later that year he married Beverly J. Tapley of Waterville, Maine. He graduated with a BS degree, Class of 1950. He was employed by Keyes Fibre Co., now Hutamaki, of Waterville, Maine, retiring in 1988. During his engineering career he designed patented manufacturing equipment still in operation today. His successful design skills propelled him to the position of director of overseas engineering. During his career he oversaw the construction of Keyes plants in Sacramento, CA, Mexico, Norway, Sicily and projects that ranged from Egypt to Australia. During his time stateside he served on the Waterville Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board appointed by then Mayor Richard “Spike” Carey. He is survived by his widow, Beverly J. Turner of Waterville, Maine; two sons, Glenn R. and his partner, Susan Strasburg of China, Maine and Timothy S., and his wife, Catherine (Morrisette) Turner of Palermo, Maine; granddaughters, Kristin Cronkite, and her husband Jerod, and daughter, Maddison of Rockport, Maine; Melanie Sweet, and her husband Christopher, and son, Isaac of Searsmont, Maine; grandsons, Timothy T., and his wife, Audra and children, Cayden and Autum of Palermo, Maine; Robert C., and his wife, Hillary, daughters, Addison and Rossalyn of Palermo, Maine; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and sisters, Virgiline Sherman of Vassalboro, Maine and Rachel Cail of Palermo, Maine. Private funeral services will be held by the family. Graveside services will be conducted at a later date.