Kenneth Eugene Turner, 87, of Kansas City, Missouri, met the Almighty on April 2, 2022 at his home in Lees Summit, Missouri surrounded by his loving family.
Ken was born at General Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri April 29, 1934, to Raymond and Violet Turner where he grew up in the house his grandad built. He was the oldest of two siblings, Ronald and Sandra.
Ken joined the Marine Corps in September of 1954. The pride of his post as a Marine, and his fighting spirit shaped the way he lived his entire life. He spoke often about his experience as a Marine, especially his time in Japan at Camp Fuji where he fell asleep standing against a wall. Another memory he often shared was a time he was walking back to base in the rain. Apparently, his socks had become soaked, and his feet were blistered and bloodied. Two other Marines grabbed under his shoulders and carried him to the truck. He was not at all happy about this and fought them. Julie asked him why? His answer was, because Marines don’t give up. And Kenny Turner never gave up.
He married the love of his life, Patricia Murphy-Turner in June of 1956 and they spent the next 66 years devoted to each other and it was often noted they were joined at the hip. They raised their three children in Independence, Missouri. Ken was involved in community activities, volunteering at St. Mary’s Catholic church as an usher and held a position as President of the credit union. It was also at St. Mary’s Grade School that Kenny coached Eighth grade basketball and flag football. He also coached Pop Warner Football and Little League Baseball. Kids liked him as a coach because no one sat on the bench. His goal was not necessarily to win, but to teach young athletes the fundamentals needed to play the game. This philosophy of coaching didn’t make him very popular with the parents. It was not unusual for Ken to meet these players later in life and for them to tell him how much they appreciated what he taught him and the positive impact he had on their life.
Kenny’s love of sports began in his youth. He lived and loved baseball and played on his work teams into his thirties. He also enjoyed swimming, waterskiing and shooting baskets. In fact, just this past November he was shooting hoops with his great grandkids. After the kids were raised, he and Pat were known to enjoy a game or two of golf. He talked proudly about the three times he had a hole-in-one. They belonged to Crackerneck Country Club, the Country Club of Blue Springs and Lakewood Country Club, where they made many good friends and have wonderful memories. One of them that stands out is when KEN participated in the MISS BLUE SPRINGS contest.
Ken opened his own Insurance business, and it was built on the foundation of the ethics he lived by, hard work, honesty and kindness. It was often said that Ken would give the shirt off his back, in fact probably did.
Ken spent his entire life learning. You could often find him reading the latest peer-reviewed article or studying cutting edge technology. His friends and family called on him often for computer help. If anyone had a question about history, politics or well, anything it quickly became a lecture or lesson. His love of learning, lecturing and innovations could have easily landed him a career as a professor.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Violet Turner; his son, Curtis Turner; brother, Ronald Turner, and niece, Laurie Sue Landes.
Ken is survived by his wife, Patricia Turner; daughters, Julie (Raymond) Hengel, Tracy (Rick) Johnson; sister, Sandra Landes; nieces, Vickie (Ed) Cribari, Beth (Jay) Robb, nephews, Scott (Joy) Landes, Greg (Janetha) Turner; ten grandchildren, Joshua (Amanda) Hengel, Jared (Meredith) Hengel, Erin (Clay) Threlkeld, Ross Johnson (Kaitlyn) Markley, Travis (Maddy) Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Amber (Chris) Ridenour, Mitch (Ashlyn) Turner, Ryan Murphy (Brittanni) Turner, Jeremy Francis Turner and thirteen great grandchildren.
Family is most important to Ken. Many fun times will be missed such as Grandpa’s famous stories about Turner background, socks stuck in his face during naptime with grandkids, life lessons and believe it or not, his lectures. Ken built a legacy. His character of, integrity, honesty and kindness will live forever in every member of the Turner family.
A celebration of Life will be held June 16, 2022 which would have been Ken and Patricia’s 66th wedding anniversary.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Ken’s name to the Fisher House Foundation at https://fisherhouse.org/
Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Memories of Kenneth and words of comfort for his family may be shared at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.