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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Clifford Turner 89, of Phelps County

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  • Clifford Turner passed away this spring in Missouri. After his death, one of Cliff's close friends wrote the family: "Cliff will always be remembered as an independent spirit, strongly so, a man at one with nature, an artist and a good friend." He loved to discuss politics, philosophy and architecture.
    The 4th out of six kids, Clifford was born on a farm near Tick Creek in Phelps County, Missouri, to Jesse and Doll Turner. At the age of 18 he moved to St. Louis and lived with his Aunt May while he attended the University of Missouri. A year later he was in the Army and deployed to Germany as a map reader for field officers during World War II.
    Cliff married his hometown sweet heart, Doris, and later graduated from the School of Mines at Rolla. The pair traveled around the country in an Airstream, with their 2 little kids, while Cliff worked with a crew of engineers who mapped and surveyed the future US Interstate system. In between his other government jobs, Cliff designed and built many beautiful homes in Florida, Maryland and Missouri.
    Clifford is preceded in death by his wife and son, Doris and Rick; his sister Rose and brother Kenny. He leaves behind his only daughter and granddaughter, Karen and Christina; his brother Thomas (Sonny), sisters Laurel and Betty Lou; nieces Judy and Linda (Laurel's children) of Rolla and many other relatives; Cliff's good friends Merita of Maryland, Sam and Wanda of Washington D.C., Anna and Fred of Florida; and a daughter-in-law, Van Turner.

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