The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 18, 2013

Fred Turner



Fred Elton Turner, age 88, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, with his loving family by his side.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vera (Smith) Turner; two daughters, Katherine Cole and her husband, Larry, Webb City, and Mary Adams, Camden, S.C.; two grandsons, Jason Cole and his wife, Amy, Branson, and Christopher Adams and his wife, Kathleen, McGuire AFB, N.J.; four great-grandchildren, Nate, Heath and Hailey Cole, Branson, and Ryan Millett, Washington D.C.; three nephews, Robert Barrett, Harold Barrett and Randy Barrett; as well as many other relatives and friends. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ruby (Chandler) Turner; a sister, Margene Barrett; and a nephew, Tommy Barrett.

Fred was born on Oct. 20, 1924, in Clovis, N.M., and was the son of Fred and Ruby Turner. He attended school in Floyd, N.M.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and proudly served in the South Pacific. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He met and married the love of his life, Vera Lee Smith, on March 4, 1950. They resided in Clovis for two years prior to moving to Seneca, Mo.

Fred retired from the Milnot Company in Seneca in 1987, after 35 years of service. He owned and operated Turner Refrigeration. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church, of Seneca.

Fred and Vera relocated to Carl Junction, Mo. in 2010, where he became an active member of the Carl Junction Baptist Church.

Memorial services are planned for Monday at 10 a.m. at the Carl Junction Baptist Church. Rev. Russell Roderick will officiate. The family will receive friends following the services at the church. A graveside committal will follow on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Seneca Cemetery, Seneca. Full military honors will be given. Nephews, Randy Barrett, Harold Barrett, Robert Barrett, Carlos Leon, Doug Fowler, Mike Mailes, Steve Smith, Dan Fowler and Gary Delaney, will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or in care of Parker Mortuary.

The family wish to extend their gratitude to Freeman Hospital; Dr. Cherolyn Yarosh, M.D.; the Intensive Care Unit and the Palliative Care Center for their support and care in his final days

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