In Memory

Joe D Turner (A-Mechanic Rolling Stock) - Class of 1982

Joe D Turner (A-Mechanic Rolling Stock)

Joseph D. Turner

1919 - 1990


Missoula – Joseph D. Turner, 70, of Missoula, died of natural causes Tuesday, May 8, 1990, at St. Patrick Hospital.

Joseph was born October 27, 1919, in Readstown, Wisconsin, to Roscoe and Myrtle Turner.  During World War II, Mr. Turner served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater from November 13, 1941 to October 13, 1945.

On October 25, 1952, he married R. Edna Picha in Eastman, Wisconsin.

Mr. Turner worked as an Automobile Mechanic in Wisconsin, Alaska and Montana.  He then worked for Champion International in Frenchtown as a Rolling Stock Mechanic from 1968 to 1982.

Mr. Turner enjoyed sharing his time and talents with people in need.  He was an avid outdoorsman nad liked fishing and hunting.  He had been a member of the Cusillo movement for the past five years and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

Mr. Turner was preceded in death by two sisters and an infant son, James Edward.

Survivors include his wife, Edna, Missoula; a son, Joseph C. Turner (Power & Recovery), Alberton; five daughters, Sharon Mendenhall, Garrison; Janet Flanagan, Eagle River, Alaska; Dian Beckenheuser, Esther Lavoie and Mary Wickes, all of Missoula; two sister, Betty Pa, Blanchardville, Wisconsin, and Lillian Olson, Friendship, Wisconsin; a brother, Victor Turner, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and 14 grandchildren.

Vigil wake service was held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.  Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at the church, with Rev. Joe Pat Sullivan as celebrant.   Burial with military honors by local veterans groups followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

A reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall on East Pine was held after the burial service.

Pallbearers were Charles Bickenheuser, Dan Ballas, Charles M. Fairbanks, Wayne Lundberg, Doug White, and John MacDonald.  Honorary pallbearers were Arthur J. Smock, John Ballas, Frank May, Charles Picha, Martin Mendenhall and John Moe.

Visitation was at Garden City Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials to the Cursillo/Journey or to the Knights of Columbus.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.