He was born on September 10, 1924, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Lloyd Lounsbury and Esther Irene Lindholm Turner.
His family later moved to Cheney, Kansas, where Wayne worked at the weekly newspaper for ten cents an hour. He graduated from high school in Cheney, then served two and a half years with the Army Air Corps from 1943- 1945. Upon his discharge from the military, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Kansas State University at Manhattan.
On June 27, 1948, he was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart, Irene Roembach.
Wayne worked at weekly newspapers in Kansas before purchasing the Cabool Enterprise in 1960. Wayne and his family moved to Cabool at that time. He was a member of the Southwest District of Missouri Press Association and served a term as president. During his 15 years as editor of the Cabool Enterprise, the paper was rated a Blue Ribbon Newspaper by the Association.
Continuing in the printing business, he and Irene moved to Eldon, Missouri, in 1975 and he worked with Lake Printing Company until his retirement.
In his retirement, he continued to be involved in church and community activities. Throughout the years, he was active in the United Methodist Church and served as a Sunday school superintendent, teacher, and as chairman of the board. He became a member of First Baptist Church of Eldon where he was a deacon, worked on several committees, and helped host Good Neighbors, a social program for adults with disabilities. His main interests through the years included working in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Wayne loved nature, was an avid fisherman and camper, and enjoyed many canoe trips. He was a charter member of Jefferson City Fly Fishing Club and participated in numerous projects, outings, and outreaches to children and veterans. Caring for his lawn and flower gardens and feeding the local birds also brought him great pleasure. He will be remembered for his faithful, kind, and patient qualities that were shared with many.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Turner; daughters Kathleen McKenzie (Dennis) of Lenexa, Kansas, and Trudy Long (Kendall) of Yorba Linda, California; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Steven.
A celebration of Wayne Turner’s life will be held at Cheney United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vinita Cemetery, c/o Joyce Foley, secretary, 2683 SE 140th Ave., Cheney, KS 67025 or to Eldon First Baptist Church Missions Program, 209 S. Aurora Street, Eldon, MO 65026.