A History of Caring....

The Turner Funeral Home family now includes funeral homes in Ellwood City and New Castle, Pennsylvania. Two generations of Turners have served the local community.

The Ellwood City Turner Funeral Home is housed in the mansion built by the Mellon family - part of the Pittsburgh Mellon financial empire. The home was begun in the new town of Ellwood City about 1896. It took 6 years to complete, and featured newfangled modern conveniences such as inside plumbing, natural gas-powered central vacuum system, and had dumbwaiters and servants' quarters. The beautiful columns have been studied by Victorian architectural companies all over the country. The rich oak wood cannot be duplicated today.

The Mellons passed the home on to C.A. Martin, who was a local banker. The building became a funeral home in 1942 when the Patton family began in the funeral business as Patton Memorial Home. After World War II, Bill Patton was joined by a young Ellwood boy, Kenneth Turner, fresh from the Marine Corps where he had been highly decorated. After Bill's death in 1957, the funeral home became the Turner Funeral Home.

Ken Turner was joined by both of his sons, Kenny Turner and Jack Turner. The funeral home expanded over the years with both remodelings and expansions. We are just finishing another remodeling of the Ellwood City funeral home.

Turners continued to grow by buying the Robert A. Myers Home for Funerals in downtown New Castle in June of 1982. It was opened as a funeral home in 1903 by R.L. Boyd, making it Lawrence Counties' oldest existing Funeral Home operating in it's original location. That funeral home was completely remodeled and later a large parking lot was added. Ken Turner is supervisor of the Ellwood City office and Jack Turner is supervisor of the New Castle facility today. But the entire Turner family is involved in the business and can be seen daily helping families.

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