Russell W. Turner, 43, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who became an analyst with Rockwell International, died of cancer Dec. 24 at the Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base.

Col. Turner, who lived in Upper Marlboro, was born in Providence, R.I. He enlisted in the Army in 1959 and later was commissioned. In the course of his career, he earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Nebraska and a master's degree in business administration at Central Michigan University. He also graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, the Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

In addition to assignments at various military posts in this country, Col. Turner served in Vietnam, Korea, Panama and Germany. He was attached to the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when he retired in 1981.

He had been an analyst at Rockwell International since leaving the service.

Survivors include his wife, Sheila, of Upper Marlboro; two sons, Army Sgt. Mark W., of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Scott R., of Upper Marlboro; his parents, Harold R., and Edna M. Turner of Greenville, R.I.; one sister, Ruth L. Batchelor of East Greenwich, R.I., and a brother, Robert W. Turner of Johnston, R.I.