Ralph K. Turner, 89, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, passed away February 14, 2023 at Liberty Hospital with family at his side.
Ralph was born August 13, 1933, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, the son of R. W. “Dub” Turner, Jr. and Edna Mae (Woods) Turner. Along with his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his son, Ernest K. Turner; and grandson, Christopher Clay Hendley.
He graduated from Excelsior Springs High School with the class of 1951. He enlisted in the Army in 1952 and served in Korea as a licensed tank driver and mechanic on tanks and guns.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Monna Sue (Coffman) Turner; brother, Ray Turner (Meredith); sister, Kathy Goode (John); daughter, Tabitha Foley (Tim); son, James Turner (Lisa); grandchildren, Ryan Hendley (Amanda), Brent Turner, Jenna Pepper (Dwight), Emma Multer (Andy), and Zachary Turner; great grandchildren, Avery Hendley, Harper Hendley, Bella Hendley, and Lucy Pepper; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was a lifelong member of Flack Memorial Christian Union Church, where he served many roles, including Sunday school teacher, building maintenance and grounds keeper.
Ralph retired from General Motors in 1989. He was an avid fisherman and loved to garden. Every spring when the lilacs bloomed, his mind turned to mushrooms. He had a knack for fixing things, and enjoyed repairing antique clocks. Above all, he loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
A visitation will be held Monday, February 20, 2023, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bross & Spidle Chapels, 217 W.
Broadway St., Excelsior Springs, Missouri, followed by a service celebrating Ralph’s life at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at Enon Cemetery, Excelsior Springs, Missouri.
Our Sincere Condolences
Sorry to learn of Ralph”s passing. He always had a ready smile. Knew him all my life. We grew up in Wallace School district and Shackcreek area. I know family has lots of good memories, too. Kathryn, remember you and I were the only students at Wallace at beginning of school year!
May God Bless.
Gailya Siegel Davis
So very sorry for your loss. My heart and love goes out to the entire family.