In loving memory of
Milton Everett Turner, age 86, of Anthony, entered the Lord’s presence in Heaven on April 25, 2020, at the Anthony Community Care Center in Anthony, Kansas. Everett was born June 20, 1933, in Anthony, Kansas, to Evan and Melissa (Mercer) Turner.
Everett grew up in Anthony, Kansas and lived there his entire life. When he was growing up all his siblings loved to rock in rocking chairs. The family only had a few though, so they were always fighting over them. One day Everett made it look like someone was calling his sister Belva on the phone. When she got up to answer it, he went running to the rocking chair. They were nicknamed “the rocking Turners”.
Everett went to work quite early in his life so he could help with the family bills. Several of those jobs were delivering milk and newspapers around Anthony.
He loved to roller skate and was an excellent skater. Several times each week Everett would have a carload of friends headed to Harper to skate and have fun together. That is where he met the love of his life, Ruth Averill.
On October 3, 1958, he married Ruth Elizabeth Averill. They made their home in Anthony. To this union, they were blessed with two daughters, Gina, on January 18, 1960, and Judy, on November 30, 1962.
Everett worked for the railroad for several years and was later laid off. He then went to work for Harper County Road and Bridge as a heavy equipment operator. He loved running the dozer and was very good at what he did until his retirement in 1995. He and Ruth also cleaned Nelson’s Restaurant before it closed. Some of the employees there used to call him “E.T.”
Everett loved working outside, so every summer he planted a garden. He loved to grow squash, corn, green beans, and especially tomatoes. Ruth found a recipe for “dilly beans” so she and the girls kept busy canning them so the family could enjoy later in the winter, if they lasted that long. They also knew where sand plums grew, so together the family would pick sand plums and make sand plum jelly.
He also enjoyed making yard decorations out of wood. He and Ruth cut the patterns out and painted them so beautifully. Everett enjoyed sitting on their front porch swing while listening to country music on his radio. He loved his ice cream. For many years he had a bowl of ice cream before going to bed every evening. Before his health started failing, they would go “riding around” in the car every day.
Everett worked hard to provide for his family. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. He was always ready to help anyone in need. He had a calm and easy-going personality, although he was very stubborn. He loved being around people and never met a stranger. He was loved by everyone who knew him.
Everett was a twin with Melvin Evan Turner. Sometimes it was difficult to tell them apart. Growing up they were always known as “the boys or “the twins”. They both were quite the jokesters. They were always playing jokes on everyone. They both loved to laugh and have fun. Even through their adult lives, he especially loved visiting with Evan. Those two had such a special relationship.
In September 2014, he started having signs of dementia and later started falling a lot. In January 2017, Everett and Ruth both moved into the Anthony Community Care Center, where they have been given such wonderful care. In February 2018, he fell and broke his hip and then couldn’t walk. This was the hardest thing for him since he was always active and enjoyed walking around the halls visiting with other residents. He loved to talk and joke around with all the nurses and staff.
Everett and Ruth celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 3, 2018. They were the perfect couple.
Everett is preceded in death by his parents, Evan and Melissa Turner, sisters, Wilma Keller and Mary Niemann.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Anthony, KS; daughters Gina Hess of Wichita, KS, Judy Gertsch and her husband, Rory of Anthony, KS; one grandchild, Crystal Broussard and husband John and three great-grandchildren: Daniel, Nicole, and Aaron, all of Anthony, KS; sisters, Belva Niemann, of Wichita, KS, and Wanda Collins and husband Norm of Phoenix, AZ; twin brother, Evan and Pat Turner of Anthony, KS, and many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Viewing is between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Graveside service and burial will be 2:00 p.m. Friday May 1, 2020, at Spring Grove Cemetery. Friends and family may sign the registry either at the funeral home or online at www.eldringhofffuneralhome.com.
A memorial service for family and friends to celebrate Everett’s life will be planned later. Memorial contributions in memory of Everett may be made to Anthony Community Care Center, or to Heartland Hospice, all in care of Eldringhoff Funeral Home, 115 S Bluff Avenue, Anthony, Kansas 67003.
The Turner family has entrusted the care of Everett to the Eldringhoff Funeral Home of Anthony.
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Anthony Community Care Center
212 N. 5th Street, Anthony KS 67003
2872 N Ridge Rd, Wichita KS 67205