Marvin Turner – Independence

Marvin E. Turner, 75 years old, of Independence, IA, died Monday October 14, 2019 after a short illness at his home.

Funeral Services were 10:30 a.m. – Friday, October 18, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Winthrop, IA, with Fr. David Beckman, celebrant. Burial followed at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Independence, with military rites conducted by Bechter-Boies VFW Post 2440 of Independence.

Visitation was 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17th at White Funeral Home, Independence. Visitation continued for an hour before services, Friday, at the church. Memorials will be directed to the church and to the Cedar Valley Honor Flight. White Funeral Home, Independence, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Marvin Earl Turner was born October 25, 1943, in Independence, IA, the son of Lloyd Cecil Turner and Pearl Iona (Holman) Turner. He attended Independence High School and then joined the Army, serving his country during the Vietnam War.

On June 26, 1965, he was united in marriage to Nila Ann Burger at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Masonville, IA. The couple moved to Williamsburg, VA, where Marv was stationed until his deployment. After the war ended, Marv joined Nila back in Iowa, where they made their home in Independence.

Marvin worked at Wilson’s/Farmstead Foods in Cedar Rapids, IA for 23 years until the plant’s closing. He attended truck driving classes at Kirkwood Community College and drove for Schneider National for 19 years – and was most currently employed as a driver by Prinsco, Inc. of Jesup, IA. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and Bechter-Boies VFW Post 2440 of Independence. Marv liked to hunt, fish, work in the yard, and do woodworking projects in his shop.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nila Turner of Independence, IA; 3 sons, Rick (Kris) Turner of Asbury, IA, Rob (Jan) Turner of Independence, IA, Randy Turner of Manchester, IA; 5 grandchildren, Adam Turner, Ryan Turner, Janson Turner, Cole Turner, Taylor Turner; 2 great grandchildren, Graeme Turner and Grant Turner; 1 brother, Robert (Marilyn) Turner of Casa Grande, AZ; and 1 sister, Patricia Cornwell of Tomah, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 daughter in infancy, Theresa Ann Turner; and 1 sister, Marilyn Bower.