Leo Turley

Leo Turley

Birth
Callaway County, Missouri, USA
Death 19 Sep 1994 (aged 73)
Henry County, Iowa, USA
Burial Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, USA
Plot Block 104 Lot 25
Memorial ID 66872743 · View Source
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OBITUARIES Mt. Pleasant News Tuesday, September 20, 1994 Leo Turley
Leo Turley, 73, of 208 S. Harrison in Mt. Pleasant, died at 3:50 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 1994, at the Henry County Health Center.Born Feb.18, 1921, in Callaway County, MO., he was the son of Lester D. and Martha J. Smith Turley. On April 26, 1947, at Fulton, Mo., he married Billie F. Muir, who survives.He graduated in 1938 from the Fulton, Mo., High School and received a degree from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture in 1947. He worked for the Missouri Extension Service for two years in St. Charles County before moving to Mt. Pleasant in 1949.
He joined the USDA, Soil Conservation Service, where he retired as Henry County District Conservationist in 1980 after 31 years of service. He was a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America, the Southeast Iowa Chapter of SWCS, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the local NARFE Chapter, AARP, and Farm Bureau. From 1970 to 1985, he was the area volunteer weather report for the National Weather Service, U.S. Dept. of Commerce.
A retired Lieutenant Colonel, he completed 28 years of active and reserve U.S. Army duty, transferring to the Retired Reserves in 1971. He served in the 191st Field Artillery Group in the South Pacific Theater on New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, New Guinea, and the Philippines during WW II. He organized the first U.S. Army Reserve unit in Mt. Pleasant and was its Commanding Officer until 1961 when the unit was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis. Following that tour, he served as an instructor with the Davenport U.S. Army Reserve School until 1971. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Ft. Belvoir, Va. He was a Life Member of the Reserve Officers Association and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2561 where he was Post Commander.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association, serving four years as president, and 13 years as treasurer. Retiring from the Board in 1989, he was named Diredctor Emeritus. He continued to work with the Old Threshers Foundation and various other MOSTA projects. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant.
He is survived by his wife of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Debra Schmidt of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Brenda Jenkins of Rosemont, Minn.; two grandchildren, Jimmy and Mary Elizabeth Schmidt of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and one sister, Fern Overstreet of Fulton, Mo. He was an American parent to Hai Hinh of Wayland, Iowa. The Turleys served as foster parents for several years. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Weir Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, where the family will receive friends from 7 to :30 p.m. Wednesday evening. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 am. On Thursday, September 22, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kim Crummer officiating. Interment with full military honors will be held in the Forest Home Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the First United Methodist Church, Old Threshers Foundation, or Parkinson's Foundation.


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  • Maintained by: Debbie Turley Schmidt
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  • Added: 13 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66872743
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leo Turley (18 Feb 1921–19 Sep 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66872743, citing Forest Home Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Debbie Turley Schmidt (contributor 47110408) .