Rick Turnbough was born October 26, 1954, to Norman & Doris Turnbough. He grew up in Powder River County with his three siblings DaLonda, Norma, and Randy.
In 1972, Rick graduated from Powder River County High School in Broadus and soon after began ranching.
He met the love of his life Carmen Norfolk at a country dance in Belle Creek, Montana and they married on July 8, 1974. To this loving union Tavy was born in 1975 and Nancy in 1981.
He worked for various ranches (Aye, Perry, Ellis, Greslin) and sheared sheep, Farmers Co-op changing tires and delivering propane, Sanburn Construction as a heavy equipment operator doing dirtwork, Commercial fishing for one summer in Alaska with Curt Olson, over the road truck driver, placing pipelines for Lincoln Best, and for the last 14 years at the Powder River County Road department fixing and maintaining roads. Rick was always working hard to provide for his family and instilled his work ethic into them as well. Rick took pride in passing on his experience, knowledge, and work ethic, especially to his grandchildren Kaylee and Kaydin Trent, who were his pride and joy.
Rick and Carmen also maintained ranching life together through all their years of marriage. Raising sheep, cows, and registered quarter horses. Rick was a founding member of Powder River Quarter Horse Breeders Association, serving as president for 10 years. Rick and Carmen sold horses through the PRQHBA sale for 40 years. He was proud of Turnbough Quarter Horse Program and the friendships formed.
He passed away on September 9th, 2022, at Powder River Manor, with his wife by his side, following an 18 month fight against bladder cancer. He stayed strong and was still working up until his last 2 months. He had a positive attitude through the end. It’s found so true that nobody fights alone. Our family is truly humbled and honored by all the calls, texts, well wishes, prayers and visits from so many people.
Rick is survived by his loving wife, Carmen; daughters Tavy (Fiance Harold Watters) Turnbough, Nancy (Casey) Trent and their children Kaylee and Kaydin; father Norman Turnbough; brother Randy (Lori) Turnbough; sister DaLonda Carter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was welcomed to heaven by his mother Doris Burch Turnbough; sister Norma Abbott; and his grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Rick’s name to the Broadus Cancer Fund.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. at the VFW in Broadus with food provided.