South Dakota soldier had roots in Kentucky

A funeral will be held in Jackson on Friday for a South Dakota soldier who had Kentucky ties.

Army Spec. Estell Turner, 43, died July 2 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of injuries he received in the June 28 explosion of a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Turner grew up in Kentucky but listed Sioux Falls, S.D., as his hometown.

Turner was serving as a motor transport operator with the Army's 101st Airborne Division when he was wounded in Malikheyl, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to Echo Co., 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

Turner's mother, Gloria Turner of Jackson, said he was born in San Francisco but grew up in the Perry County area and graduated from Buckhorn High School there. His father, Clarence E. Turner, a Navy veteran, is deceased.

Gloria Turner said her son joined the Army shortly after high school and served several years.

He re-entered the Army in 2004 and was assigned to the 101st Airborne.

Estell Turner is survived by his wife, Leah Turner, of Sioux Falls, and a stepdaughter, Lyda Turner.

Visitation will be at Watts Funeral Home in Jackson after 6 p.m. Thursday. Services will be at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friday.

Burial will be later Friday at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County.