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Merrill A. Turner

March 14, 1920 ~ December 20, 2015 (age 95)

   Merrill A. Turner, 95, of the Illinois Veteran's Home in Quincy, died at 6:02 p.m. Sunday (December 20, 2015) at the Illinois Veteran's Home.

   Born March 14, 1920, in Ellisville, Illinois, Merrill was the son of Finis and Lucy Cluts Turner.  He married Martha Harrison on April 10, 1950. She survives.

   Mr. Turner served his country in the Army Air Force during World War II.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Canton, IL.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and playing golf.

   Merrill was an industrial engineer, having received his apprenticeship from Catepillar Company in Peoria.  He then began a 25 year career with Hyster Company.  He was one of the men who opened a new Hyster Plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil in South America.  It still operates today making lift trucks.  After retiring from Hytser, Merrill worked 15 years for an experimental Food Machinery Company in Hoopston, Illinois.

   Survivors include his wife, Martha of Canton, IL; and two sons, Abram Turner of Canton, IL and Douglas Turner of Tilton, IL.

   Merrill was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Madelyn Whitaker.

   Cremation rites have been accorded to Merrill.  

   There is no visitation, but friends are invited to attend the graveside services.

   Memorial graveside services will be held Thursday morning at 10:00 in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, IL with Rev. Timothy Bauler officiating.

   The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy, IL, is in charge of the arrangements.

   Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Canton, Illinois in care of  Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, 1435 State Street, Quincy, IL 62301.
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