Ralph Turner, Sr. Obituary

Ralph Turner, Sr.

PEORIA – Ralph E. Turner, Sr., age 96, of Peoria died at 1:41 A.M. on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Apostolic Christian Skylines. Ralph was born on August 13, 1924, of Cowden, IL, to Ralph Lee and Florence (Lorton) Turner. He married LaVerne Hasenfang on December 10, 1945 in Chicago, IL; she preceded him in death. Surviving are his children, Ralph E. (Linda) Turner, Jr. of Parrish, FL, Michael (Karen) Turner of Kingman, AZ, and Bridget (Barry) Schnepel of Peoria, IL, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jim and Dan, and sister Cora. Ralph served our country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Sears for many years, where he was a district manager and a south district furniture manager. Ralph retired from Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in 1989. He attended Bethany Baptist Church. Ralph was an avid beekeeper with over two hundred hives. He was also known for crafting professional golf clubs, which he sold to local golfers and several from Japan. A visitation will be held at The Wilton Mortuary on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. A graveside service will follow at Mt. Hawley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.
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PEORIA – Ralph E. Turner, Sr., age 96, of Peoria died at 1:41 A.M. on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Apostolic Christian Skylines.

Ralph was born on August 13, 1924, of Cowden, IL, to Ralph Lee and Florence (Lorton) Turner. He married LaVerne Hasenfang on December 10, 1945 in Chicago, IL; she preceded him in death.

Surviving are his children, Ralph E. (Linda) Turner, Jr. of Parrish, FL, Michael (Karen) Turner of Kingman, AZ, and Bridget (Barry) Schnepel of Peoria, IL, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jim and Dan, and sister Cora.

Ralph served our country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Sears for many years, where he was a district manager and a south district furniture manager. Ralph retired from Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in 1989. He attended Bethany Baptist Church. Ralph was an avid beekeeper with over two hundred hives. He was also known for crafting professional golf clubs, which he sold to local golfers and several from Japan.

A visitation will be held at The Wilton Mortuary on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. A graveside service will follow at Mt. Hawley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777.

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Sep
19
Visitation
Saturday, September 19 2020
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
The Wilton Mortuary
2101 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
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19
Graveside
Saturday, September 19 2020
01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Mt. Hawley Cemetery
Rt. 40
Peoria, IL 61615
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Final Resting Place
Mt. Hawley Cemetery
Rt. 40
Peoria, IL 61615
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Memorial Contributions

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777