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     Leslie Howard "Les" Turner, age 67, of Lamar, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.

     Les was born December 17, 1943, at Independence, Missouri to Clifford and Florence (Rice) Turner.  In his youth, he was active in scouting and earned the distinction of becoming an Eagle Scout.  After graduating from William Chrisman High School in 1961 he attended the University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg.  Les enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1964, serving more than three years overseas as part of the Republic of Vietnam Campaign.  His 26 year military career was completed in the Naval Reserve.

     On August 12, 1972, at Independence, Missouri, Les married Charlene (Schorzman) Quarles and they owned and operated Lamar Hardware - Gamble's Store for 10 years.  In addition to the store, Les worked for O'Sullivan Industries for 28 years and also raised cattle and hogs.  An avid outdoorsman, he was a skilled marksman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Les was a former member of Lamar Rotary Club and an active member of Lamar Eagles Lodge.  He attended Lamar United Methodist Church and Oakton United Methodist Church for many years and was currently attending Lamar Family Ministries.

      Les and Charlene had celebrated nearly 37 years together before Charlene passed away June 2, 2009.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, Clifford & Florence Turner.

     Survivors include two sons, Paul Turner and Eric & wife Kellie Turner, all of Lamar; a brother, Jerry Turner, Warrensburg, Missouri; a sister, Judy & husband Xavier Narutowicz, Punta Gorda, Florida; eight grandchildren,  Michael Turner, BreAnna Ware, Ashley Turner, Kale Turner, Mykela Passley, Macy DeFratus, Kara Turner, and Seth Duncan; two great-grandchildren, Emersyn and Dontay Ware; and a large extended family.

     Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday December 10th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday.  Burial with full military honors will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#10 Darrell Martin 2012-01-14 06:54
My condolences to the the family.
#9 Lamar, MissouriTina and Kenny DeFratus 2011-12-09 16:55
Thoughts and prayers are with the family..Les was a great guy, with lots of funny stories, and he was a pro at playing cards, he will be missed.
#8 Springfield, MissouriAlan and Rhonda Keatts 2011-12-09 16:28
Eric and Family,

So sorry for you loss. Know Les will be missed. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
#7 LamarMike and Stephanie Martin 2011-12-08 09:04
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
#6 Kansas City, MissouriTamie Brady 2011-12-08 08:57
Les, Thank you for stepping into some BIG SHOES...they were hard to fill. You did a wonderful job of making Charlene happy and raising to young boys. Much love, Tamie
#5 Norman Price 2011-12-08 08:34
Rest in peace old friend. I remember the many hunting trips we went on when we were growing up.
#4 Sheldon MoDonnie and Lena Kleeman 2011-12-08 08:04
Eric & Kelly,
We are so sorry to hear the passing of Les. I'm sure him and Charlene are up there catching up on the times they lost while they were apart.
Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
#3 Webb City MORosalee Jarmin 2011-12-08 06:57
I am so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers go out to your family.
#2 Webb City MORosalee Jarmin 2011-12-08 06:55
I am so sorry for your loss. Love & prayers go out to your family.
#1 Independence, MissouriSteve Schreiber 2011-12-07 19:45
Les and I had been acquainted since junior high school in Independence, Missouri. We had shared many great hours throughout the years in such activities such as hunting, bowling, church membership activities, and thousands of hours of mutual soul-searching.

Certainly, no soul was dearer to me than Les. I shall be searching my memories in the weeks to come to recapture all the benefits of our friendship and experiences.

Les was a thoughtful, considerate, and kind gentleman who will be missed by friends and family!

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