Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 24, 2015
OBITUARY ~ CURTIS LeMAY "CURT" TURNER
July 24, 1913 ~ February 20, 2016
Curt Turner, 62, of Creston died Thursday, December 17, 2015 at his home in Creston. Celebration of Life Services were held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Mary O’ Riley and Pastor Jim Woodworth officiated the service. There was a time of visitation, food and fellowship following the service at the Creston Elks Lodge #605. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Dollars for Scholars (Creston or Diagonal), Diagonal Community Church or the UCC Food Bank. Online condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.
Curtis LeMay Turner was born September 8, 1953, in Mount Ayr, to Drexal Henderson Turner and Helen Mae (Taylor) Turner. He attended and graduated from Diagonal High School with the class of 1971 as the valedictorian of his class. He continued his education at the Air Force prep school and academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
On June 16, 1974, Curt was united in marriage to Diana Lynn Hammond in Diagonal. They were blessed with three children Callie, Katie and Travis. In 1978, they moved to Creston where Curt worked in sales at Farmer’s Cooperative. Curt opened American Family Insurance in1986 of which he was an agent for 22 years. He led the company nationally in farm sales for ten consecutive years and retired in 2008.
Curt was a member of the Elks Lodge #605, completed officer chairs including Exalted Ruler. He also was a member of the Creston School Board for nine years and was active with Dollars for Scholars. Curt was an active member of the United Church of Christ (Congregational), helping in all aspects including church council and youth leader. Curt was awarded the Creston Citizen of the Year in November of 2015.
He is survived by his wife Diana Turner of Creston; two daughters, Callie (husband Mike) Bruce of Creston; Katie Turner (friend BJ Thompson) of Creston; son Travis (wife Emily) Turner of Creston; his mother Helen Turner of Creston; sister, Pam Turner (significant other Fred Scherer) of Creston; two brothers, Tim (wife Cindy) Turner of Lenexa, KS and Kelly (wife Rhonda) Turner of Omaha, NE; eight grandchildren, Evan and Caitlin Bruce, Cole, Kyle, and Kennedy Strider; Cael, Ella, and Benjamin Turner; special friends, Wyatt and Beau Thompson; mother-in-law, Martha Hammond of Diagonal; brother-in-law, Dick Hammond of Creston; and a host of special aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and friends.
Curt was preceded in death by his father, Drexal Turner; father-in-law, Richard Hammond; grandparents, Harold and Margaret Taylor and Ed and Marguerite Turner.
Curt was blessed and surrounded by a special family who loved him dearly!
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2016