Kenneth “Kenny” Albert Turner, 84 of rural Bloomer, went to his Heavenly home on Thursday, September 29, 2011, surrounded by his loving family under hospice care in the Reflections unit at Wissota Health.
He was born September 1, 1927, to Albert M. and Anna M. (Meisner) Turner in Bloomer Township. Kenny grew up on the family farm and attended Brush Prairie School. He loved to fish and hunt as a boy, especially coon hunting with his dog Joe.
Kenny was very patriotic. He joined the U.S. Army in November 1952 and was honorably discharged in November 1954. He was left with a leg injury that affected him the rest of his life.
He married the love of his life, Janice Rose Brummund, on August 11, 1960. Ken and Jan had two children, a daughter and son. They farmed with their family outside of Bloomer. He also operated a sawmill on the farm, generating lots of lumber over the years. Kenny formed a partnership with his dad and brother as Albert Turner and Sons hauling milk. This changed to Turner Brothers after the death of his dad. They started out hauling cans and later switched to hauling by bulk.
He was very mechanical and kept the farm machinery in top shape. Kenny kept the family cars in top shape as well. He worked at Rosie’s Service Center many years. Sometimes he would help them out fixing farm machinery. Ken also worked as a truck driver for Big Stone in Bloomer hauling beans. He was a self-taught musician and played the accordion. Ken, Robert Jerome, and Rose Jerome formed TJ’s polka band and played for many weddings and special occasions. After retiring from farming, Ken became the caretaker for the Bloomer Cemetery.
Kenny was a member of the NRA-DAV Chapter 21, American Legion Post 295 (serving as commander in 1995), the 40 & 8 Voiture 524, AARP, and the American Diabetes Association. He was quite the outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He spent many weekends fishing during the summer with his son on Lake Superior. In addition, he enjoyed collecting scale model tractors, flying model airplanes, old cars, and his model A.
Ken is survived by his wife, Janice of Bloomer; his daughter Laura (Paul) Franta of Lake Hallie; son John (Teresa) Turner of Ashland; a brother Don (Janice) Turner of Bloomer; his faithful dogs Max and Dudley; grand-puppy Barney; and “special brother” George Sima.
He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Anna (Meisner) Turner and granddaughter Michelle Franta.
Services will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomer with interment following at the Turner Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 4-8 PM at Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.