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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Obituary: Kenneth Turner

  • Kenneth Turner, 96, of Geneseo, died peacefully at his daughter's home on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in the presence of his three children. A memorial gathering for family and friends to celebrate the lives of Kenneth and his wife, Vadena, will be held at the Geneseo Community Center from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. ...
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  • Kenneth Turner, 96, of Geneseo, died peacefully at his daughter's home on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in the presence of his three children. A memorial gathering for family and friends to celebrate the lives of Kenneth and his wife, Vadena, will be held at the Geneseo Community Center from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kenneth Turner Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services Ltd. is assisting the family with arrangements.
    He was born in northeastern Colorado on May 5, 1916, the son of Frank and Nada (Barker) Turner. He graduated from West Denver High School and moved to Iowa in 1936. While there, he met and fell in love with Vadena Martin. When her family moved to Illinois, he followed and they were married in her home in Prophetstown on Sept. 12, 1937. Vadena died Aug. 28, 2009, after nearly 72 years of marriage.
    He farmed in the surrounding area before moving to Geneseo where he ran a local dairy, worked for Offerle Oil Co. and then spent the remainder of his career as area and regional managers for agricultural feed companies with territories in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. He was the top manager several years and while with Columbian Hog and Cattle Powder Co. set a record by selling 1,940 tons of Comet feed in three hours. After retirement, he helped at his son's business almost daily until 2011. He always enjoyed traveling with his family and photographing the beautiful scenery in the United States and Canada.
    He also was involved in sports, participating in track, basketball and softball himself and supporting his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren's teams and events. He coached Babe Ruth baseball teams in Geneseo for 17 years without a losing season and was recently presented with a signed football helmet by Geneseo football coaches Larry Johnsen Jr. and Larry Johnsen Sr. in recognition of his 47 years as a dedicated Green Machine Fan.
    Survivors include his three children, Myrna Travis, Glennda (Richard) Campbell and Rod Turner, all of Geneseo; four grandchildren and spouses, Julie (Scott) Bradley of Murphy, Texas, Michael Campbell of East Moline, Steve (Suzanne) Campbell of Pleasant View, Tenn. and Jennifer (Chad) Weinzierl of Geneseo; five great granddaughters, Skylar and Chelsea Bradley and Quinne, Rylee and Dru Weinzierl; nieces, Patricia Martin of San Diego, Calif. and Nancy Green of LaFayette, Colo. and nephews, Danny Martin of Alexandria, Va. and Bruce (Judy) Turner of San Diego. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vadena; a brother and spouse, Harold and Frances Turner; a sister, Joan Weir; three brothers-in-law and spouses, Glenn (Hazel), Walter (Vera) and Merle Martin and a son-in-law, John Travis.
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