Harvey William Turner, 90, of Thompson, Mo., passed away at the Monroe Manor Nursing Home in Paris, Mo. on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Mr. Turner was born on July 10, 1922, in Monroe County, Mo., the son of William Frank and Docia Ensor Turner. He married Mary "Louise" McDowell of Silex, Mo., on June 20, 1948, in Mexico, Mo. He enjoyed hunting and shooting and was involved in 4-H, FFA and Quails Forever. He graduated from Paris High School in 1941 and was an active FFA member. Harvey was a member of Midway Christian Church.
He was the founder of Turner Manufacturing & Welding, having started his own welding business in 1942 at the family farm south of Paris. In 1950 he moved the business south on Hwy. 15 in Audrain County where he and Louise also operated a gas station and grocery store. Then in 1962 he built the current welding and repair shop located 15 miles north of Mexico on Hwy. 15. Ten years later, he added on for manufacturing his grain chutes and truck ladders and in 2000 built a building to stock flashing for augers.
Mr. Turner is survived by his wife, Louise, a son, Philip (Brenda) Turner, his daughter, Sarah (Stanley) Jesse, five grandchildren, Audrey (Brad) Steinkamp of Scottsdale, Ariz., Amy (Jeff) Wood of Stafford, Va., Shannon (Nichole) Jesse of Champaign, Ill., Jennifer Miller of Lenexa, Kans. and Mike Miller of Overland Park, Kans, five great-grandchildren, Carsen and Channing Steinkamp, Allie, Brody and Lacey Wood, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Delbert Turner, a sister, Julia Wood, his parents, and a granddaughter, Stacey Jesse.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the Agnew Funeral Home in Paris and on Friday at the First Christian Church in Paris from 1-2 p.m. followed by the funeral services at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 29, with Reverend Donna Scott, Reverend Randel Sawyer and Reverend Bob Marty officiating and Agnew Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery at Paris.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Midway Christian Church or the Monroe Manor Nursing Home.