Charles Ralph Turner

  • Born: March 18, 1937
  • Died: October 11, 2015
  • Location: Moravia, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles Ralph Turner, age 78 of Moravia, Iowa passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015 at his home.

He was born March 18, 1937 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Bert Alonzo and Dorothy (Broshar) Turner. Charlie graduated from Moravia High School in 1955. He later earned his Bachelor's degree in Engineering. He was united in marriage to Helen JoAnn Moore in Moravia, Iowa on March 23, 1958 and to this union of marriage, they were blessed with two children, Myra and Pam.

Charlie first began his engineering career with the State of Illinois Department of Transportation. The couple eventually returned to Moravia. Charlie merged with his father Bert, creating the family business, Turner & Son. The father-son team successfully owned and operated Turner & Son Funeral Home, Lumberyard, and Furniture Store for many years. Following his father's retirement, Charlie inevitably sold the businesses. He continued his working career with Wausau Homes, and later, Wick Homes, selling homes throughout the Moravia community.

Throughout his life, Charlie maintained a long and dedicated career of service to the Moravia community. After serving as city clerk for a time in the 1960s, he went on to become a city councilman during the early 1970s. Charlie left the city council for several years, only to return to the council in 2007 by reappointment in order to fill the vacancy left by the passing of a councilman. When that term was up, Charlie was re-elected to the current term he had been serving.

Charlie was a NASCAR and Indy Car enthusiast. He also loved cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Charlie also possessed a lifelong passion for music, including his management of two different country music bands.

Left to honor his memory are two children, Myra (Jerome) James of Johnston, Iowa and Pam (Steve) Palm of Grimes, Iowa; three grandchildren, Noah James, Ryley Palm, and Preston Palm; a sister, Nancy (Tom) Lowe of Crystal Lake, Illinois; a brother-in-law, William "Bill" (Janice) Moore of Melrose, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Helen JoAnn Turner on April 16, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene in Moravia with Pastor Terry Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Moravia. A visitation will take place Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Lange Funeral Home in Moravia from 10 AM-7PM, with the family greeting friends from 5-7 PM. Memorials have been established to either the Moravia High School Music Department or to the Moravia Fall Festival Committee and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Charlie became a friend of mine while I was teaching band at Moravia. He always volunteered his time and talents to help out with sound and lighting during our musicals and variety shows. I learned a lot from this great man. He showed me how to set-up and care for soundboards, mics, audio cords, and fittings. I always loved to hear his past stories of travels with his bands and talented singers he got to work with. We had a lot in common with our love of music and running sound systems at varies events, including the Ottumwa balloon races. It was here that Charlie even helped guide me to get involved going up in a balloon during the races...and we got first place! We could always share these good memories when we got together. The world will miss this wonderful man.

Jeff Hammond

Posted by Jeff Hammond - Moberly, MO - friend   October 23, 2015

Please accept our sincere sympathy. Charles was always a gentleman and very professional. It was a pleasure to know him.
Our prayers are with the entire family. May God Bless you all.

Roger and Sandy Griffing.

Posted by Roger Griffing - Centerville, IA - Friend   October 13, 2015

A true Community leader, he did so many things behind the scenes, as well as in front of everyone. Moravia is a stronger community thanks to Charlie and the Turner Family. May he Rest in Peace. Our most sincere condolences to you all! The Power Family.

Posted by Jerry Power - Moravia, IA - FRIEND   October 12, 2015

I'm so sorry for your loss. He was an important part of my high school life. Musicals and the Variety Show wouldn't have been the same without his hard work and dedication.

Posted by Tina Vosberg (Hopkins) - Pocahontas, IA   October 12, 2015