La CROSSE, Wis. - Lloyd W. "Peter" Turner, Jr., 50, of La Crosse, formerly of New Ulm, Minn., and Rochester, Minn., passed away Friday, November 30, 2012, at home with his family by his side.
Lloyd was born December 23, 1961, in Wabasha, Minn., to Lloyd, Sr., and Claudia (Mansmith) Turner. He was a 1980 graduate of Dodge Center High School in Dodge Center, Minn. On February 27, 1982, he married Lori Hemann at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, Minn. Lloyd worked in the grocery industry starting with Red Owl grocery store in the 1980s and then Hy-Vee, both in Rochester. He also milked cows for Oehlke Brother Farms from 1987 until moving to New Ulm in 1998. He transferred to the Hy-Vee with his move to New Ulm. While in New Ulm, he also worked for Compart's Boar Store. In 2003, they moved to La Crosse where Lloyd was employed by Webster Lumber in Bangor until its closing. He then worked for Quillin's in La Crosse, La Crescent, Minn., and Waukon, Iowa, and later became store manager at Ace Hardware in La Crosse. Until the time of his death, he was employed at Ace Hardware and at Quillins in Waukon. He was customer service driven and lived his life by "It takes months to gain a customer...only seconds to lose them" and taught those around him the same.
Lloyd was a former member of the Concord Singers "Ambassadors of Good Will" of New Ulm and a member of the St. Patrick's Council 1076 Knights of Columbus as a Fourth Degree Knight. Lloyd and Lori opened their home to many foster children, German foreign exchange students, and visitors as a host family. Lloyd graduated in 2005 from National Hardwood Lumber Association School in Memphis, Tenn., where he served as class president. He became a certified lumber grader, a skill he used both professionally and personally in his woodworking. Lloyd loved to play cards especially cribbage and 500. He and Lori looked forward each year to playing with other couples of the Mary Mother card club. Lloyd enjoyed hunting and playing golf and served as president of the Mary Mother Golf League. He also enjoyed his volunteer work at the Warming Center in La Crosse and often gave clothes right off his back to those in need. Lloyd will also be remembered for his passion for fishing. He looked forward to sharing his catch with family, neighbors, and often with customers. Above all though, his grandchildren were truly the light of his life and he loved spending as much time with them as he possibly could!
Lloyd is survived by his wife, Lori; one daughter, Heather (Frank) Harpenau of La Crosse; three sons, Daniel (Charlene "Charlie") Herman of Lawrence, Kan., Lloyd (Ashley) Turner, III, of La Crosse, and John (Melissa) Turner of Brunswick, Maine; seven grandchildren, Kennedie, Abigail, Taylor, Jackson, Catherine, Lillian, and Spencer; three brothers, Donny (Pearl) Mansmith of Kellogg, Minn., and Neal Turner (Kim Danks) and Brian (Cathy) Turner, both of Rochester; special "parents", Dana and Norman Bernholtz of New Ulm, Minn.; and also by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Claire, in infancy; a granddaughter, Grace, in infancy; and a special uncle, Vernon "Smokey" Turner.
Lloyd's family would like to extend a thank you to the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice and Home Healthcare team, Chaplain Kathleen Charles, Dr. John Merfeld, Dr. David Rushlow, the radiology department, and the nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System for the exceptional care he received during his illness.
A Funeral Mass will be Friday, December 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2006 Weston St., La Crosse. Father Douglas Robertson, Father James Callahan, and Deacon Richard Sage will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Genoa, Wis.
Friends may call at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Woodruff Chapel), 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse, on Thursday at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Hindt Funeral Homes, Spring Valley, Minn., and Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Woodruff Chapel), La Crosse, are in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com