William A. “Rube” Turner, 85, of Hopkins, MO, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at the Parkdale Manor Nursing Home in Maryville, MO, with his family at his side. Rube was born on June 20, 1928, in the family farm house north of Hopkins, MO, to Galen “Red” and Esther Bebout Turner.
Rube graduated from Hopkins High School in 1946, and was privileged to play on the high school basketball team that won the Missouri state basketball championship. After graduation, Rube and his father “Red” farmed together.
Rube and Doris Louise Hinton, of Pickering, MO, were married in 1950. She preceded him in death in 1952. Rube later went to serve in the US Army, and was stationed in Korea. During his time in Korea, he was an engineer in the 809th E.A.B. (Engineering Army Battalion).
Rube married Ruby Naomi Stephens of Bedford, IA, on February 14, 1956, at the home of her parents, Cecil and Martha Stephens, northwest of Bedford, IA.
Rube was an active member of the First Christian Church of Hopkins; there he served many years as a deacon, elder, and chairman of the church board. Rube was able to share his faith by taking communion to the elderly and shut-ins.
It is said, “If you love your job, you never work a day in your life.” He was proud to call himself a farmer. Rube was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and an inspiration and friend to many in the community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Galen “Red” and Esther Turner; sister, Mary Alice Turner Rybolt, and husband Bill; sister in law, Beverly Litsch Turner; his daughter, Lora Turner Fisher; and son in law, Phil Henggeler.
Rube is survived by his wife, Ruby, of the home; children, Steve (Roberta) Turner, Hopkins, Gail Henggeler, Pickering, MO, John (Wendy) Turner, Maryville, and James Turner, Maryville; 14 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; brother, Charles Turner, Royal Oaks, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rube’s desire was to donate his body to medical science.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the First Christian Church, Hopkins, MO. The minister will be Bishop Fritz Mutti. Following the service, on the grounds of the church, military honors will be performed.
The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at the First Christian Church in Hopkins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the SSM Hospice of NW Missouri, or to the First Christian Church, Hopkins, MO.
Services are under the direction of the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.
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