Vernon Dee Turner, 78, returned home to be with Jesus on August 10, 2021. His death was from natural causes. He was born in Glasgow, Montana on October 19, 1942 at the Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital of Kenneth Dee and Marjorie (Pehrson) Turner.
He was baptized at Glasgow Methodist Church and later confirmed at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua.
His early years were spent growing up in the Nashua community where he delivered newspapers on his bike in the early morning hours.
After doing this for four years, he went to work as a stock clerk at the Nashua Farmers Union grocery store. He worked this job throughout high school.
After high school, he attended the University of Montana in Missoula, MT for several years.
During this time, he began active duty with the Montana National Guard. After college he moved to the Los Angeles area and was employed by Standard Register Company, as vice president of sales and marketing and executive director of accounts, as well as various other related companies over the years. .
He has received numerous sales awards.
In August 1971, he married Maureen Holyoak in Los Angeles, California. Years later, this marriage was dissolved.
Some of Vern’s interests included archeology, paleontology, hiking, fossil hunting, stamp collecting, coin collecting, bow hunting, and searching for dinosaur remains and other artifacts.
Vern has always been able to make people smile. His sense of humor was quirky and funny, even though he was the only one laughing at the joke. His greatest joy was leading people to the Lord. Vern was saved by the grace of God and wanted everyone to experience the gift of eternal life.
Vern returned to Montana in the early 1980s and soon after became a born again Christian. He began working for the Montana Rescue Mission, until Director of Negotiating Centers for the Montana Rescue Mission in Billings, serving 30 years until his retirement in 2016. Vern served the community in as a member of the board of directors of the city / county health department and the Deering Clinic. .
Vern is survived by two children, his son Steven Jacky and his daughter Mary (Robert) Button, his grandsons Brandon (Railei), Matthew and Robert Button, as well as three beautiful great-grandsons. Other survivors include her uncle Frank Pehrson, aunts Barbara Kaiser and Maxine Nicol.
He is also survived by his siblings Linda (Melvin) Novak, Wanda (Ron) Schodt, Patricia (Jerry) DeVille, Steven Turner and David (Janet) Turner, numerous nieces and nephews and his former wife, Maureen Holyoak Turner. .
He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth Dee and Marjorie Anne Turner, his brothers, Darryl and Philip Turner, his grandparents, John and Elva Pehrson and Arthur and Spicia Turner.
Special thanks to three friends who have been with Vern through thick and thin the last years of his life. They helped Vern with everything he needed: Patti Martin and Tom and Deb Lutke.
He was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by his family. Our loss is heaven’s gain.
A celebration of her life will be held at 10 am on Saturday August 21 at Hope Center Foursquare Church, 425 S. Broadway in Billings.
Funeral services will be held at a later date at Nashua Cemetery in Nashua.