History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

History

The Turner Funeral Home is located in Ellwood City, 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.

Our Valued Staff

  • Kenneth C Turner

    Kenneth C Turner Supervisor/Licensed Funeral Director

    Ken is a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City and West Virginia University. He attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

    He is a member of Ellwood City Rotary, F&AM #599 Ellwood Lodge, Elks, Moose, Calvin Presbyterian Church, and is a past president of the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce. He received the Ellwood City Young Man of the Year and Distinguished Service Awards from the Chamber of Commerce and Jaycees. He is a past president of the Beaver-Lawrence Funeral Directors Assn., and is a member of numerous sportsmans groups.

    He was a Civil War reenactor and has contributed to many Civil War magazines, notably Time-Life's Civil War series. As a certified scuba diver, he instructed on Search and Recovery over many years. Ken also served for many years as Deputy Coroner of Beaver County PA where he aided in the recovery of the USAir Flight 427 crash in Hopewell Township.

    Ken has been married to Pam, who he met at West Virginia University for 49 years and they have one son, Kasey Turner. Ken and Pam have two granddaughters.

  • Adam C. Hyde

    Adam C. Hyde General Manager/Licensed Funeral Director

    Adam was born and raised in Birmingham, AL "The Pittsburgh of the South". He attended Southeastern University where he earned a degree in history and The University of Dayton where he earned his Master's Degree in Education. He also attended The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Adam holds Funeral Director/Embalmer licenses in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Alabama. Adam taught high school history before deciding to enter funeral service. Adam is a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.
    He began his career in funeral service at Osceola Memory Gardens in Kissimmee, FL as a funeral home apprentice while earning his license. He returned to Alabama and worked at a family firm and cemetery, before returning to Florida in 2016.
    He also served as a Location Manager at DeGusipe Funeral Homes and Crematory, in Maitland, Florida and currently serves as General Manager at Turner Funeral Home.

    Adam's goal is to help each and every family create true life celebrations for their loved ones. He is willing and able to meet a family’s needs and request by ensuring that each person is truly honored.
    Adam has been married to Angela, his wife, since 2004. They have two children: Hannah (12), who attends Lincoln High School in Ellwood City and Jackson (8), who attends Perry Intermediate, also in Ellwood City. He enjoys traveling with his family and attending Penn State Football Games.

  • Jack R Turner

    Jack R Turner Licensed Funeral Director

    Jack Turner graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City. He graduated Cum Laude from Baldwin-Wallace University with a bachelor of science degree in Biology. He then graduated Cum Laude from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he received the “Bowsher Award” (a prestigious medal presented to one student each year for their excellence in restorative art voted by their peers and faculty) He also received the Certificate of Excellence in Applied Embalming. Post graduation, Jack began his duties as a licensed funeral director with his father and brother at Turner’s.
    A few years later, he moved to become Supervisor of the Turner-Myers Funeral Home in New Castle. After 38 years in New Castle, he has now moved back into working with his brother Ken at the Ellwood City location after the New Castle operation closed in 2017. Jack is married to Gretchen and they have three children: Brett, Ian and Keelan.

  • Angela S Hyde

    Angela S Hyde Office Administrator

    Angela was born in Sevierville, TN and was raised in Bay Minette, Alabama. She attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL where she earned her degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school for 15 years.
    Adam and Angela have been married 15 years and have two children; Hannah (12), who is a student at Lincoln High School and Jackson (8) who is a student at Perry Intermediate School.
    Angie works as office manager at Turners and assists families in creating Tribute DVDs, customized memorial books, and along with Adam helps create tailor made celebration of life services. Angie enjoys singing, going to the beach, traveling, and attending Penn State games with her family.

  • Everett E.  Bleakney

    Everett E. Bleakney Funeral Home Associate

    Everett was born and raised in Ellwood City, PA. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1953-1956 and the US Army from 1956-1958. He was a mail carrier from 1961-1985 and served as Postmaster in Slippery Rock, PA from 1985-1991.
    He is married to Gerry and they have 3 children. Everette currently serves as the President of the Ellwood City Historical Society.

  • Kenneth C.  Turner (1928-1991)

    Kenneth C. Turner (1928-1991) Founder

    Kenneth C. Turner, known mostly as K.C., was born and raised in Ellwood City, PA. He served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps serving in China and the Pacific Theater during World War II. He received a Silver Star, 4 Bronze Stars and 2 Purple Hearts for his bravery during the war. He attended the Cleveland College of Embalming, graduating in 1947.Upon returning to Ellwood, he went to work for Bill Patton at the Patton Memorial Home and he purchased the funeral home, renaming it Turner Funeral Home in 1958. K.C. Turner incorporated Turner Funeral Home, in 1976 becoming the first incorporated funeral home in Pennsylvania. Kenneth was a member of The Selected Morticians Association and served on the board as well as Secretary/Treasurer and Vice President.
    K.C. was very well respected by all in Ellwood City and owned and operated Turner Funeral Home until his death in 1991. He was married to the late Regina Turner and they had two sons: both funeral directors Kenneth C Turner and Jack R. Turner, who took over the business as owners, upon K.C.'s death