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Claude Turman


1938 - 2018
Claude Turman Obituary
Claude Turman
ELLISVILLE - Claude E. Turman of Ellisville died on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at UnityPoint Hospital in Peoria.
He was born on August 25, 1938, to Beth (Atwood) Turman and Cleo Turman of Peoria.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Marilyn Eyster.
He is survived by his wife, Rita (Hessling) Turman of Ellisville; and sisters, Susan Ekvall of Metamora and Janice Reschke of Tucson, AZ.
Claude was a veteran of the United States Army, serving for five years in Bremerhaven, Germany. Subsequently, he worked for the K-Mart Corporation in management, and later for thirty years at the Morton Caterpillar plant as a laborer and in management. He retired from Caterpillar in 1999.
Subsequently, he and his wife managed a small farm in Fulton County, raising cattle, and more recently cultivating generous amounts of organic vegetables which he shared enthusiastically. He had become a master gardener.
He enjoyed not only farming, but also fishing, building projects, mechanical restoration and landscaping. There was no project too large or too small to escape his attention.
Personal relationships were extremely important to Claude. He maintained many friendships with those originating from grade and high school, as well as those started in the late 1950s while in the Army overseas. He was a generous, enthusiastic and loyal friend to all who knew him.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Canton is assisting with arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2018
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