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Maurice E. Turner

Maurice E. Turner


Maurice E. Turner, 94 of Willmar died on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at his home. He was known to many friends and customers as TV Turner, Cosmos and Lake Lillian businessman and pioneer in the field of radio and TV His memorial service with military honors is planned for 11:00 am on Friday, June 20, 2014, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, 1000 SW 19th Ave. in Willmar. There will be a visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. with services beginning at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon reception will follow. Interment will be at the Cosmos Community Cemetery, Highway 7 East, rural Cosmos.

Maurice Earl Turner was born on December 14, 1919, at St. Vincent, Minnesota, one of 12 children born to Ernest David and Della (Lang) Turner. He resided at the family farm north of Humboldt, MN. He graduated from St. Vincent High School, Kittson County, Minnesota, and business college in Grand Forks, ND.

During World War II, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 where upon completion of flight school he served with the U.S. 13th Air Force, 42nd Bomb Group, 70th Squadron, flying missions in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Having become trained in radio electronics during the War, he was hired by Wilcox Service in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, where he established their radio and television department during the Golden Age of Television in the United States which began in the late 1940s and extended to the late 1950s or early 1960s. The Turner children recall having the first television set in town in the early 1950s which Maurice used as a demonstrator by inviting people over to view shows like Your Hit Parade, Arthur Godfrey, Ted Mack and Amos n Andy.

In 1956 he opened Turner TV & Appliance in Lake Lillian and Cosmos which he operated for the next 47 years. During that time he served hundreds of loyal customers throughout the area. He was known for his cheerful, reliable service and made countless loyal friends over the years.

During his lifetime he was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Red Lake Falls where he served as treasurer, the Cosmos United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Free Church of Willmar. He enjoyed flying, music, reading and was a Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Willmar; children Maureen (Charles) Schneider of rural Atwater, Michael Turner (Ann) of Woodbury, Jan Turner of Willmar and daughter-in-law Marla Turner of Ashby. Also surviving are his sisters Rita Reese, Gertrude Hoglin and Virginia (Earl) Getschel, 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Beth Turner, in 1989; son Scott Turner; grandson Matthew Turner; granddaughter Claire Turner; brothers Laurence, Burton, Max, Douglas and Ralph Turner; and sisters Ruby Kothe, Mildred Wang and Jeanette Pappenfuss.

The Turner Family extends their sincere appreciation to Rice Hospice, Lake Region Home Care, Dr. Anthony Amon, the Veterans Administration Hospital staff in St. Cloud, Kandiyohi Veterans Service Office and many others who have served Maurice over the past years.