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Charlie R. Turner, 87, longtime Clinton business owner, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Alverno.
Funeral Services will be 11:00am, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church Clinton. Burial will be in the Clinton Lawn Cemetery with military honors being conducted by the Clinton AMVETS Post #28. Serving as pallbearers will be Ken Jensen, Jim Bousman, Casey Turner, Larry Wagner, Jeff Glendenning, and Greg Soenksen. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Ed Bartles, Christian Handy, and David Sullivan. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 pm, Tuesday at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting his obituary at www.snellzornig.com.
Charlie Robert Turner was born on October 11, 1930 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of George and Cecile (Jamison) Turner. He was a 1949 graduate of Lyons High School. He later served in United States Army in Korea. He received the Bronze Star. He married Voda Inman on June 7, 1955 in Clinton.
Charlies lifes work was dedicated to the family business at Turner Electric. Taking care of his customers was always his #1 priority. Many times the family holiday meals were interrupted by a phone call stating our turkey is in the oven and not heating, so it was Charlie to the rescue. Charlie was a genius in many ways such as being the first person ever to install a TV in a car. This made headlines in newspapers across the country. He also invented a way to put lights in the wheels of his motorcycles. He was an engineer in many ways without a degree. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He enjoyed motorcycles, especially giving his grandchildren rides on his trike, anything aviation related, and spending time with friends around the firepit. He loved watching wildlife in his backyard, and was honored to take the Honor Flight in the fall of 2012, calling it one of the best things I did in my entire life.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 62 years: Voda of Clinton; his children: Terry (Dayna) Turner of Clinton, Beth (Susie Funk) Turner of Clinton, and Aleshia (Ed) Bartles of Clinton, grandchildren: Erin (Justin) Soenksen, Casey (Emily) Turner, Christian Handy, Isaac Handy, Noah Handy, Elijah Neblung, and Gabriel Mosell; step-grandchildren: Jason Halberg and J.D. (Tina) Halberg; great-grandchildren: Cody (Makayla) Allison, Sophie, Stella, and Simon Soenksen. The family would like to extend their love and gratitude to Mary Maddasion.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, his brother: Don Turner, a sister: Laura Jane, a daughter: Sandy Turner, and a granddaughter: Chantele Ladd.
Memorials can be made to the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.
Published on October 15, 2017
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