Dwaine Dee Turner, 89

Dwaine Dee Turner, 89, of Tecumseh, died Feb. 1, 2024, at his home. Graveside services were held at Dry Creek Cemetery in Pomona.

Dwaine was born on Aug. 21, 1934, in Pomona, to Homer Lee and Lilian Josephine (Cover) Turner. He grew up in the Dry Creek area and attended the local schools. He graduated from Willow Springs High School with the Class of 1953 and then served his country in the U.S. Army as a survey specialist. After an honorable discharge, he moved back to Willow Springs and met and married the love of his life, Dorothy Louise Peart, in 1956. They were married for 46 years and had three children.

Dwaine was a member of Dry Creek General Baptist and Clear Springs Baptist Church most of his life and song director for 32 years. He worked most of his career at MoDOT and was later northern commissioner of Howell County. Dwaine will always be remembered for his servant’s heart, love of music and creativity. He was a volunteer at Meals on Wheels for 13 years and worked tirelessly in helping others with anything they needed. His love of music, singing and playing harmonica was a lifelong joy that he loved to share with others. He spent a lifetime creating anything he could dream up. Even in his final days, he was still working on projects, creating something to share with others. Dwaine will be dearly missed, but his memory will live on in the hearts of all those who loved him.

He is survived by three children, daughters Vicki Thrift and husband Mark, Leslie Carter and husband Tom and son Kevin Turner and wife Janet; four grandchildren who lovingly called him dado, Chase, Lakin, Abby and Maggie; eight great-grandchildren, Jada, Idra, Orli, Ruthie, Yuma, Zion, Asa and Sedona; two sisters, Connie Nall and husband Bob and Glenda Turner; two brothers, Gale Turner and Van Turner and wife Theresa; sister-in-law Marlene Turner; and many wonderful friends and neighbors. 

He is further survived by his loving wife Lowena; her daughter Brenda; sons Bill and Mike; and their extended families. They were married for eight years and she was his constant companion and caregiver.

Dwaine was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Dorothy; his sister Byma Stotler; and his brother Donald Turner.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Dwaine’s memory be made to Meals on Wheels in Gainesville.

Arrangements under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains. Online condolences may be left at www.robertsondrago.com. 

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