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 on Jan. 26, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kenneth Turner Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kenneth was born in northeastern Colorado 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 passed away Aug. 28, 2009, after nearly 72 years of marriage.
Kenneth 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 Sr. in recognition of his 47 years as a dedicated Green Machine Fan.
Kenneth is survived by his three children, Myrna Travis, Glennda (Richard) Campbell and Rod Turner, all of Geneseo; four grandchildren (and spouses), Julie (Scott) Bradley, Murphy, Texas, Michael Campbell, East Moline, Steve (Suzanne) Campbell, Pleasant View, Tenn., and Jennifer (Chad) Weinzierl, Geneseo; five great-granddaughters, Skylar and Chelsea Bradley and Quinne, Rylee and Dru Weinzierl. There are also nieces, Patricia Martin, San Diego, Calif., and Nancy Green, LaFayette, Colo.; and nephews, Danny Martin, Alexandria, Va., and Bruce (Judy) Turner, San Diego.
Kenneth 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 son-in-law, John Travis.
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