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Joseph Byron Turner

July 28, 1919 - February 18, 2014

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Joseph B. Turner
Tarkio, Missouri


Joseph Byron (J.B.) Turner, the son of Harry Otis and Edna A. (Stoner) Turner, was born July 28, 1919, in Sheridan, Missouri. He attended school in Sheridan.


On August 10, 1938, J.B. was united in marriage to Dorothy Roberta Kay in Maryville, Missouri. They became the parents of one daughter, Betty. In 1945, J.B. purchased a farm in Langdon, Missouri, which he farmed for 14 years, before moving to Rock Port, Missouri, in 1959. In 1960, he purchased the El Ray Motel in Tarkio, Missouri, which he and Dorothy owned and operated for a short time. In 1966, J.B. and Dorothy moved to the Don and Lucille Knierim farm southwest of Tarkio, where they farmed until retiring in 1974. After retiring from farming, they moved into Tarkio. J.B., not one to sit around, worked for several businesses including the Federal Crop Insurance and Torrey Pines Gas Station. He also owned the liquor store on Main Street for a short period and finally retired in the early 1980’s after working as a salesman for Fairfax Implement.


J.B. enjoyed traveling, fishing and gardening. They owned their own mobile home and traveled extensively thru the 48 continental United States regretfully never making it to Alaska or Hawaii. He was a fan of red cars and “Charlie Brown” and regularly encouraged his family to “Keep Smiling.” Dorothy passed away in 2003. J.B. passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Tarkio Rehabilitation and Health Care, Tarkio, at the age of 94.


Besides his parents and wife, J.B. is preceded in death by infant son, Curtis Turner and two sisters, Warene Parman and Bonnie Turner. Survivors include daughter, Betty Hill, Tarkio; two grandsons, Barry Amthor and wife, Joni, Tarkio, and Corey Amthor and wife, Dawn, Parkville, Missouri; four great-grandchildren, Bryan, Matthew, Jonathan and Ashleigh Amthor; one sister, Fern Parman, Grant City, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 21, 2014, Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.
Interment: Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville, Missouri.
Open visitation will begin 9:00 A.M., Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Davis Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends that evening from 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Memorials: Tarkio Rehabilitation and Health Care, Tarkio.
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Services: Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.