Turner, Gordon Glenn, Hemlock, Michigan


Passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at the home of his daughter Mariyah Fritz in Spring, Texas. Age 69 years. Born on September 4, 1943 to Elsie E. (Goodman) and W. Dale Turner, he was a lifelong resident of Hemlock Ml. After graduating from Hemlock High School in 1961, Gordon attended the Michigan State University's Agricultural Short Course program, graduating in 1963. Gordon took over the family farm in 1965 upon the retirement of his father. For over 50 years, he continued the family dairy business. Earning him many awards such as Michigan Guernsey Breeders High Herd award 1983, 1984 and 1985, Distinguished Dairyman 1985, Lifetime Production 4th in the US 1986, Top Dollar Value Herd Color Breed 1991, Most Improved Herd Average 1991, 2nd Most Improved Herd 1991, in 2008 Gordon and his father, was recognized for their dedicated service to the Guernsey Breed of Cow and the dairy industry by the Michigan Guernsey Breeds Association of 100 years of support. Gordon married the love of his life, Lynne D (Grant) on August 27, 1988. In addition to his loving wife he will be sadly missed by their three children; Alex (Jerald) Brown of Edmore Ml, Mariyah (Todd) Fritz, of Spring TX, and Jason ( Lisa) Lapa of Calimesa, CA He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren; Emily and Spencer Brown, Blake, Parker, and Carson Fritz, and Bailey, Mason, and Caleb Lapa, three sisters, Barbara (Larry) Widmer, Wichita, KS. Nancy (Dan) Priest, Hemlock Ml and Darlene (Bob) Rupp, Rochester Hills, Ml. two nephews and two nieces; Jason Hiser, Leanne Priest, Adam Rupp and Amy Rupp, his roommate at MSU and lifelong friend of 52 years Dale Stuby of Constantine Ml, many thanks to close family friend and right hand man, David Mackey, and Gordon’s auction buddy Richard (Dick) Borm and many cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Lloyd, his father Dale, his sister Mary and mother Elsie. Gordon was an active member of Hemlock United Methodist Church, its Men’s Club and Board of Trustees. He served on the Fremont Township Board for over 32 years. He was a member of the National Farmer's Org. since 1993 and on its Board of Directors since 2006, Secretary for the Michigan Guernsey Breeders Association since 1989 and Jayco Flight #17. Memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at W. L. Case and Company, Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road. Rev. Jerry P. Densmore will officiate will officiate. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral chapel from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Hemlock United Methodist Church or Rauchholz Memorial Library www.casefuneralhome.com