Elmer Turner of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on December 21, 2020 at Willow Care Nursing Home in Willow Springs, Missouri. At the time of his death, he was 101 years old and had enjoyed a full and happy life.
Elmer was born on October 20, 1919 in Elk Creek, Missouri, the single pride and joy of his parents, Lillie (Fulk) and Clifford Turner.
He and Aileen Orr were united in marriage on December 24, 1940 and had enjoyed an impressive 65 years of marriage at the time of Aileen’s passing. During their life together they enjoyed camping and fishing at Montauk State park where Elmer became an accomplished trout fisherman. Elmer ran the Sinclair filling station in Willow Springs for many years, but his true love was farming. He spent countless hours in the hayfield, tending the cattle and cutting wood.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Aileen Turner; and brother-in-law, Leon Orr.
He is survived by his niece, Pamela Orr of Nixa, Missouri; niece and nephew Terry and Roger Keller of Cabool; and his great-nieces, MacKenzie Keller and Tegan Tucker, along with Tegan’s husband Jed Tucker and their two children, Ayda and Wyatt.
Elmer also loved his church family at Cabool General Baptist Church and was baptized at the age of 89. He was a kind and gentle man who never met a person or an animal he didn’t get along with. He always had a story to tell and a flash of his crooked grin could make your day. He was soft spoken in his own way but had an ornery streak that ran deep. From wrapping Christmas presents with duct tape and posing on Santa’s lap while in his 80’s for his Christmas card, to hiding the Easter eggs so well in the barn lot not even he could find them all, Elmer truly was a kid at heart. There also may be some photos somewhere of him after getting his “hair done” by the nieces when they used every single barrette they owned. Elmer loved to make toys from his childhood and show his nieces how to play with them. It’s hard to say who had more fun!
Elmer was notorious for befriending wildlife and had even been known to have a pet deer or racoon from time to time. He raised his own cattle until he was 99, almost always had a dog with him and just had a certain bond with animals that is rare. Simply put, he loved animals, and they loved him back. Elmer loved to garden, and spent many hours tending plants and working in the dirt. You could usually find Elmer reading about one of his interests or something new. He was always learning and loved to read various newspapers to keep up with local events.
To know Elmer was to love him, and he will be missed by so many. Although he is no longer with us, he would want us to remember him happy and healthy and “supervising” the day-to-day like only he could. So the next time you get the chance, pass along a story, a kind word or smile to a stranger and think of Elmer. We will all be better for it, and his spirit will live on within those small moments.
Graveside services were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 26, 2020, at Cabool Cemetery with Zach Pridemore officiating. Interment was under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cabool Cemetery or to Cabool General Baptist Church.