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Richard Nels Turnquist

Pleasant Hill

Nels was a lifetime resident of Des Moines, born October 27, 1937 to Al and Gladys Turnquist. He was the oldest son with siblings: Marilyn (Dale) Koestler, Sharon (Don) Gustafson, Jerry (Aida) LeMar, and Sharilyn(Tim) Nodsle.

Married to the love of his life, Marjorie Ann Schlieper, June 26, 1959, they made their marriage about improving the lives of their family and community. This family, of 54 years, included children: Suzanne (Kendall, Kate) Hicks, Jennifer (Ron, Bailey, Chris, Claire, and Sarah) Hanson, Ric (Steve Wernimont, Jasmine, Bryan and A.J.) Turnquist, Todd Turnquist and Amy(Mike, Jake, Justin, Sophia) Reeves.

Nels was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys and Al, and son Todd.

He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ and was a dedicated volunteer including: S.E. Polk Community School Board - President, Altoona Hustling Herdsman and Four Mile Lassies 4H club, Iowa Association of School Boards - President, Heartland Area Education Board - President, Master Gardner of Polk County.

Visitation will occur Thursday evening, June 26th, from 5-8pm at Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home, 105 4th Street SW in Altoona Iowa. A celebration of Nel's life will be held 2:30 pm, Friday, June 27th at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street in Des Moines, Iowa. Burial to follow at Rising Sun Cemetery in Rising Sun Iowa.

We would respectfully ask that any memorial contributions be directed to the Unity Point Hospice or Unity Point Hospice 11333 Aurora Ave Urbandale, Iowa 50322.

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Published in Des Moines Register on June 26, 2014
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