Roy L. Turner

Aug. 14, 1923 – Dec. 20, 2018

Roy L. Turner, 95,

Minot, ND, passed away

peacefully December 20,

2018, at the Benedictine

Living Center in Garrison.

Roy Lincoln Turner was

born August 14, 1923, the

son of Louis and Willami-

na “Minnie” (Hanke)

Turner, on the family

farm near Benedict/Max,

ND. He was raised on the

family farm was con-

firmed at the Hope Luth-

eran Church, rural Max.

He attended a country

school in the Benedict/

Max area. He later re-

ceived an honorary diplo-

ma. As a young adult, he

assisted his parents with

the operation of the fami-

ly farm.

Roy enlisted in the Un-

ited States Army in 1944,

and he proudly served his

country during WWII and

was honorably discharged

in 1945.

Roy was united in mar-

riage to Jean Kingsley on

September 7, 1948, in

Minot. Together they had

four children. The couple

later divorced. In 1946,

Roy worked at Parker Mo-

tors until transferring to

Sweetheart Bakery, where

he worked as a mechanic.

He returned to the family

farm when his father was

diagnosed with cancer.

Following the death of his

father, he continued to

farm and rented more

land close by his family

farm. They moved to

Sawyer and continued to

farm there along with ac-

quiring some livestock for

several years. He later

moved to Velva and

farmed until his retire-

ment. During the winter

months, he worked for

Miller Mine by Sawyer for

15 years. He also drove

the McHenry County

Bookmobile along with

helping the John Thomas

and Ed Schiele farms.

In October of 1995, Roy

was united in marriage to

Lucille E. Roen. They

made their home in

Minot. He was also a

courtesy driver for West-

lie Motors in Minot.

Roy loved life and fami-

ly was also very important

to him. He enjoyed the

everyday task of all things

dealing with farming and

taking care of the land.

Farming was his life and

he loved the harvest sea-

son. Roy also loved to

dance. He was very adept

at fixing anything

mechanical and building

things out of little or noth-

ing. He enjoyed hunting,

fishing, ice fishing, and

spending time outdoors.

Roy was a self-taught ac-

cordion player. For a

time, he raced a car

named, Was 16. He was

always a very active and

kind man. People have

often said he was a gentle


He was a member of the

Minot VFW Post #753,

the Minot American Le-

gion Post #26, and the

Moose Lodge.

His loving family in-

cludes: wife of 23 years,

Lucille, Minot; children,

Lola (Doug) Hanna, Bur-

lington; Larry (Joette)

Turner, Velva, Lee

(Lynne) Turner, James-

town, Leon Turner,

Minot, and Tim Kraft,

Minot; 12 grandchildren;

16 great-grandchildren

and one more on the way;



sister-in-law, Irene

Turner, Velva; and

numerous nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Roy was preceded in

death by his parents; son,

Rick Klein; infant twin

sisters; and brothers,

Louis and Harold Turner.

Funeral: Friday, Janu-

ary 11, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.

at Bethany Lutheran-

Church, Minot.

Interment: A private

interment will take place

at a later date.

Visitation: Friday one

hour prior to the service

at the church.

Memorials: are pre-

ferred to a favorite charity

of your choice.

Those wishing to sign

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