Charles A. “Chuck” Turner, Sr. 74 of Weir, Kan. died at 5:30 a.m. Saturday July 2 2011 at Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Frontenac, Kan.
He was born November 3, 1936 in Melrose Kan. to Lafe Johnson and Adeline "Babe" Smith. He was later raised by James L. Turner and Adeine "Babe" Turner. He was raised in Columbus Kan. and attended Columbus schools. Mr. Turner resided in Weir KS for over 50 years.
He served in the US Navy enlisting on July 8, 1954 and serving until July 7, 1962. He was a 3rd class Petty Officer aboard the USS Ruddy as a naval minesweeper. During his time he served in Korea and Japan.
On April 7, 1961 he was united in marriage to Janice Goddard "Lake" at Miami Okla.
Mr. Turner worked for Dickey Clay in Pittsburg, Kan. for 17 years and later for Acme Brick in Weir, where he retired.
Chuck enjoyed sports of all kinds, he enjoyed coaching and teaching the fundamentals of baseball. He coached Little League baseball in Weir for several years, coaching his sons, where they enjoyed many winning seasons. He then moved on to coach and instruct his grandchildren and great grandchildren. When not coaching he went to watch all of their games, rarely missing any. When his health would not allow him to go the games he looked forward to every Friday night listening to the Girard Trojans football team, anxiously waiting for his great grandsons name to be mentioned. He would wake up every morning and read the sports page looking for any of the grandkids names, he was very proud of all of them.
Chuck loved to fish and hunt and often had a grandchild or two with him when he went, teaching them everything he knew. He also loved gardening and always had one of the largest and nicest gardens in town. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, they all made him very proud with there many accomplishments.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother; step father, James Turner; brother, Paul Turner and a niece Tonya Harrington
Survivors include his wife Janice Turner of Weir; two daughters, Brenda Craddock of McCune, Kan. and Michele Turner of Pittsburg, Kan.; two sons, Donnal Turner and Charles Turner Jr both of Scammon, Kan.; a sister, JoAnn Mattox of Parsons, Kan.; five brothers, Mike Turner of Wichita, Kan. David Johnson of Commerce, Okla. Bob Johnson of North Miami, Okla., Chris Johnson of Lawton, Okla. and Joe Johnson of Miami, Okla.; grandchildren, Dustee Harrison and husband Scott, Janna Baker and husband Darrell, Brandon Craddock and wife Megan, Tera Turner, Shane Brodbeck and wife Patricia, Cora Sillman, Lynsey Mcminn and husband Dustin, Tommy Heskett, and Chara Heskett; great grandchildren, Jalen and Hartly Merrell, Kaden Harrison, Dylan and Devin Wisdom, Josey Baker, Chloe Riska, Brayden and Kineley Sillman, Alivia Brodbeck Dylan McMinn, April, Thomas, and Breanna Craddock; Good Friends, Aaron Williams, Gary "Space" Mulnix, and Junior Collingsworth
Graveside memorial services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7 at National Cemetery at Fort Scott, Kan., with Rev. Aaron Williams officiating. The American Legion Post No. 64 of Pittsburg will provide a flag presentation and military rites at the graveside. Honorary Casketbearers will be Shane Brodbeck, Brandon Craddock, Tommy Heskett, Jalen Merrell, Kaden Harrison, Dylan and Devin Wisdom, Brayden Sillman, Dylan McMinn. Friends may call at the Brenner Mortuary to sign the register after 9 a.m. Tuesday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Mr. Turner, at 600 S. Washington, Weir, KS. Friends are requested to meet at the cemetery. Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.