Clifford Turner

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PEORIA - Clifford R. Turner, 89, of Peoria died at 3:27 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Rosewood Care Center in Peoria.

He was born on June 11, 1925, in Winigan, Mo., the first born child of Hurschel and Pearl (Childers) Turner. He married Thelma Eisele Closen on July 29, 1950. She preceded him in death on March 24, 1987. He later married Dinah (Walder) Rein on May 25, 1991, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria. She survives.

Survivors include his daughter, Debra (George) Fulton, two grandsons, Matthew and Kyle Fulton, and one great-granddaughter, Remi Fulton, all of Peoria; one sister, Wanda Warbritton of Paris, Mo.; and one brother, Roscoe (Naomi) Turner of Moberly, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and two brothers. His son, Darryl A. Turner, died from injuries received in an auto accident on Nov. 6, 1979.

He spent his childhood in and around Brookfield, Mo. He graduated from Brookfield High School in 1943 and, shortly after, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After basic training, they were formed into 10 man crews, and then sent to Knettishall, England, where they were stationed, while they flew 34 bombing missions over Germany, in a B17.

After the war, Cliff returned home to Brookfield, and then attended business college in Chillicothe, Mo. He and a friend hitchhiked to Peoria to seek employment. He got a job at Caterpillar Inc. and worked there until retirement in 1986.

He was a member of the 388th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force, 3rd Air Division, 45th Combat Wing. He attended many of the annual reunions throughout the U.S. and England. It was an honor and a privilege for him to go on the second Greater Peoria Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24, 2013.

Cliff was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, with the Rev. Matthew Synnott officiating. Visitation will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Burial will follow in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Funeral Home
The Wilton Mortuary
2101 North Knoxville Avenue Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 688-2454
Funeral Home Details
Published in Peoria Journal Star from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2014
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