Kenneth R. Turner, formerly of Topeka, KS, went to dwell in the House of the Lord on Sunday, December 16, 2018 in Denton, TX at the age of 73. He was born on December 21, 1944 in Cumberland, Maryland. He attended Grantsville Elementary School, Valley High School, earned his BS in Engineering from West Virginia University, served as Officer in Charge of an Army signal site in Thailand, and completed his MS in Industrial Administration at Purdue University. In 1974 he married Marcia (Hunn) Turner, and together they had 3 children, Trent, Kristin and Grant. Ken was a Professional Engineer for Southwestern Bell before becoming a Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed in 1981, dedicating himself to helping people prepare for their financial future.
Ken was a kind and gentle soul, with an innocent sense of humor, a modest sense of self, and the heart of a servant. He enjoyed traveling, jogging, camping, playing guitar, watching the Jayhawks and the Mountaineers, and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Dedicated to service, he answered the call to advise on finance and pastoral councils for Topeka Parishes. As a Boy Scout leader, he was Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblems Counselor and served on the Archdiocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, leading adult spiritual formation. He was a member of Rotary International in Topeka, in Denton, and in Hawaii, where he chaired a children’s literacy program. Ken & Marcia were among the co-founders of Shepherd’s Heart Ministry.
Ken recognized God’s beauty in nature, His providence in prayer, and His mercy in Salvation. Ken’s compassionate and giving nature was limited only by the time he spent here with us, and he will be greatly missed.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, James and Laura, and brother David. He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and children Trent (Barbara), Kristin, and Grant (Elizabeth); grandchildren Zachary, Laura, Margaret, Madeline, Natalie and Lily; his brother Tom and sister Mary; sisters-in-law Dottie Turner and Monica (Wendell) Stavig; brother-in-law Monte (Fran) Hunn; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 9:00AM, followed by a Rosary at 10:00AM, and Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30AM at Christ the King Catholic Church on Saturday December 22, 2018. Immediately following, all are invited to share memories at a luncheon in the church hall. Interment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Ken’s name to the Topeka Rescue Mission, sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.
Online condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.brennanmathenafh.com.