William Kenneth “Ken” Turner

 

William Kenneth “Ken” Turner passed away on Aug. 3, 2017, at the age of 92. He was born on the family homestead near Suffolk, Montana on May 2, 1925, to Bill and Hattie Turner. Ken spent his school years in Hobson, Montana, graduating from Hobson High School in 1943.

When Ken was 11 or 12 years of age he helped his dad plant a shelterbelt on property that would later become what is known as the Turner Ranch, south of Eddies Corner. In 1946 Ken and his dad entered into a partnership in the ranch, with Ken living in the farmhouse, which was the old Menden schoolhouse moved onto the property. Ken later bought his dad’s shares in the ranch, becoming the sole owner.

Ken married Anne Hill on Sept. 15, 1948, and they made their home together on the farm for the next 67 years. Ken continued living on the ranch after Anne’s passing in 2015, until the last several months when health required him to move into assisted living. Ken and Anne raised their four children on the farm – Ronald, Julie Anne, Cynthia, and Candace.

Ken was a good steward of the land, and farming was his passion. He raised wheat and barley and later supplemented the farm by raising Black Angus cattle. Ken was an extremely hard worker, always striving to be a better farmer, and he was a great role model for family and neighbors. Ken was very particular about how things were done and expected the same from anyone who worked for him.

Ken was a member of Judith Masonic Lodge No. 86; the Judith Basin American Legion Post No. 76; Vesper No. 83, OES; Farm Bureau; and Montana Angus Association. He was involved in the Moore Methodist Church, where he particularly enjoyed fellowship with the men during their men’s breakfasts.

Preceding Ken in death were his parents; wife Anne; son Ronald; sisters Joyce Miller, Dorothy Linhart, and Lois Burton; and brother James Turner.

Survivors include his daughters Julie (Ron) Peevey; Cynthia (Dale) Cecrle; and Candace Turner; daughter-in-law Patricia L. Miller; grandchildren Nicole (Dennis) Tesky; Kaycee (Rob) Beall; Cody Anderson; Michael (Brittney) Cecrle; and Timothy Cecrle. Great-grandchildren include Bradlee Tesky; Rydell and Grady Beall; Cole, Clara and “Baby” Cecrle. Also surviving are sister Nancy (Gary) Larsen; sisters-in-law Joyce Turner and Mary Nan Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service for Ken will be held on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the old gymnasium at Hobson School. Inurnment will take place at Central Montana Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Judith Lodge No. 86 in Hobson, American Legion No. 76 in Hobson, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Ken’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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