Robert Turner, president of Alco Building Co., dies at 63

Robert Turner

A memorial service will take place Thursday for a man who made his mark on Grand Junction in hundreds of commercial and industrial buildings.

Robert Turner, president of Alco Building Co., died Tuesday. He was 63.

Turner headed Alco since 1976, when he took over for his father, Albert, who founded the business in 1947. In that time, Alco completed more than 1,000 projects, meaning Robert Turner and his father left an indelible mark on western Colorado.

“It was his life, you know,” Turner’s son, John, said. “He was a true Grand Junction man. He stuck it out through the ‘80s, when everybody else left town. It was amazing how many people he knew.”

Robert Turner was known to some as Bob and others as Bobby, said his long-time friend, Dan Thurlow.

“It was sort of a line of demarcation,” with his friends of longest standing most frequently knowing him as Bobby, Thurlow said.

Thurlow was of the long-standing crowd, having met Turner in fifth grade at Tope Elementary School, he said.

“The defining thing about him was his likability,” Thurlow said. “He was the kind of person people wanted to be around. You wanted to be close to him, and you wanted to be his friend.”

Turner’s “body of work was pretty voluminous,” Thurlow said, including his Colorado Printing building, built originally as the Sundstrand building. “He did some really nice projects. Anyone involved in them just liked to work with Bob.

“I’ll miss Bob. He had a lot of fun and touched a lot of people’s lives.”

The family business, Alco, will remain in business, John Turner said.

Other survivors include three sisters, Amy Swain, Gretchen Preston and Jennie Turner-Gallegos; and 11 grandchildren.

Turner’s grandchildren were the most important things to him, John said, adding, “Any kind of social event that involved the kids was his priority.”

A memorial will be at 11 a.m. April 1 at Fellowship Church.

Contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th St., Grand Junction 81506.


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