Dr. Neal Turnbaugh, 78, Maryville, MO

Published 05/14 2014 08:40AM

Updated 05/14 2014 08:43AM

Dr. Neal Turnbaugh, 78, of Maryville, MO, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at the Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, MO.

Neal was born on September 25, 1935, in Nebo, IL, to Marvin Rutger and Vera Maudine (Scranton) Turnbaugh; they preceded him in death.

He graduated with an A.A. from Hannibal LaGrange College, then a B.A. from William Jewell College. Later he graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Kansas City, MO, and then received his D. Min. Degree from Luther Rice Seminary, in Jacksonville, FL.

He was a pastor for several Baptist Churches in Missouri. He served as Area Director for Missions for 7 years in the Maryville area; then served in Marshall, MO. He retired due to ill health in 2000. He and Dorothy later returned to Maryville 10 years ago.

Neal spent several years serving his country and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Maryville. He enjoyed his Friday morning prayer breakfast with his friends from the First Baptist Church; and his 4th child, his Poodle, Mr. Spot, of the home.

Neal married Dorothy Jean Pearson on February 14, 1955, at the First Baptist Church, in Nebo, IL. She survives of the home in Maryville.

Other survivors include his children, Ronald (Teena) Turnbaugh, Des Moines, IA, Deborah Ann (George) Spire, Maryville, MO, and Jeanette (Jim) Garvin, Clinton, MO; his siblings, Dick (Ruby) Turnbaugh, Coatsburg, IL, Gene Turnbaugh, and Peggy Westerhold, both of Pittsfield, IL, and Edna (Paul) DePeugh, Decator, IL; 6 grandchildren, Cayanna (Shaun) Reinier, and Matthew Turnbaugh, all of Des Moines, Steven Spire, Maryville, Collin, Jackson, and Garrett Garvin, all of Clinton; 3 great grandchildren, Nolan, Addison, and Kinley Reinier, all of Des Moines; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 PM Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the First Baptist Church, Maryville, MO. The burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, also of Maryville.

The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:00 PM, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, Maryville, MO.

For online condolences and guest book, visit www.bramfuneralhome.com

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