MELVIN E. TURNER
Melvin E. Turner, 87, of Quincy, died at 9:08 a.m. Sunday (March 1, 2015) in Blessing Hospital.
Born June 9, 1927 in Mendon Township, Illinois, Melvin was the son of Paul and Gladys Henstein Turner. He married Betty Sue Willows on March 20, 1954 in Ewing, Missouri. She survives.
Mr. Turner served his country in the U. S. Navy during WW II and the Korean War. Melvin and his son went on a Great River Honor Flight trip in 2013.
Melvin was a member of First Southern Baptist Church and attended services at the Illinois Veteran's Home chapel since moving there. Melvin had many interests, enjoying the arts in sculptures and carving, music in building guitars and refurbishing pianos, loving birds, especially his chickens and pigeons, and traveling with his wife throughout the country and abroad.
Melvin enjoyed a career that took many paths. He attended school in Georgia to become a Piano Technician, which he worked for over 25 years until his retirement. He had previously been employed at Gardner Denver Company for 18 years, had worked in the Adams County Sheriff's Department and owned and operated a restaurant and later a pet store.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; two daughters, Suzette Craig (John) of Keller, TX and Lorie Turner of Garner, N.C.; a son, Shawn Turner (Michele) of Ochelata, OK; five grandchildren, Paul Turner, Alexander Turner, Christopher Shobe, Aaron Shobe and Logan Babu; a sister, Linda Keating (Byron) of Alexis, IL; a brother, Larry Turner of Houston, TX; a sister in law, Mary Turner of Quincy; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Mr. Turner was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Turner; a daughter in infancy; and a brother, Fred Turner.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home by the Rev. John Adams. Burial with Military Honors by the Lewis County Memorial Post 578 and the U. S. Navy Funeral Honor Detail will be in the Ewing Memorial Cemetery, Ewing, Missouri.
Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 and Thursday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veteran's Home Activity Fund.