FORT FAIRFIELD – Earlan F. Turner, 71, husband of Ardith (Hill) Turner, died Thursday evening, Oct. 25, 2007, at his residence, after a long, but courageous battle with esophageal cancer. He was born Aug. 9, 1936, in Washburn, the son of Guy E. and Rose (Devoe) Turner. He attended Mapleton schools and was married to Ardith R. Hill, May 28, 1960. Earlan was well known throughout the County as a skilled automotive and tractor mechanic. He started his career operating an auto repair shop with his brother, Donald, in Presque Isle and later in Mapleton. He continued his career as a farm tractor and equipment mechanic for several John Deere dealers, including J. W. Barnes Co., of Fort Fairfield, and Roy G. Thompson of Fort Fairfield and Presque Isle. He and his wife, Ardith, opened Earlan’s Service in the early 1980s, a venture the couple continued to own and operate until Earlan’s retirement in 2003. Earlan was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In addition to his parents, Earlan was predeceased by four brothers, Arnold, Lionel, Clayton and Martin Turner; and one sister, Kathryn Higgins. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ardith R. Turner of Fort Fairfield; four sons, Stewart Turner and his wife, Barbara, of Caribou, Stephen Turner, Earlan R. Turner and his wife, Michelle, all of Fort Fairfield, Clayton Turner of Fort Fairfield and his special friend, Lisa Gagnon, of Presque Isle; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Gwen Turner of Castle Hill, and Charles and Beatrice Turner of Wallingford, Conn.; four sisters, Eva Condon and her husband, Winston, of Presque Isle, Arlene Essency of Connecticut, Dorothy Holland of Calhoun, Ga., and Florence Stanish of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren, Taylor, Shane and Kelsey Turner, all of Fort Fairfield, Janelle Zeigler of Woodland and Jason Wark of Caribou; three great-grandchildren, Madison and Jillian Zeigler, both of Woodland and Parker Wark of Caribou; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield, where a memorial service will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, with the Rev. George McLaughlin officiating. Interment will be after the service at Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. A time of continued fellowship with refreshments will be held immediately after the interment service at VFW Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, Presque Isle Street, Fort Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in memory of Earlan to Hospice of Aroostook, P.O. Box 688, Caribou, ME 04736. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.