Milton Turner

Milton H. Turner, 89, of Postville, formerly of Waukon, died Friday, March 9, 2018 at Good Samaritan Center in Postville. Memorial services were held Tuesday, March 13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Pastor Bill Odermann officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Milton Harold Turner was born October 31, 1928 to Harold and Ruby (Martens) Turner in Postville. He attended Bloomfield #3 school near Castalia and graduated from Postville High School in 1946. After graduating, Milton worked for Waters Dairy in Postville. While at a dance in Guttenberg, he met Mary Levenhagen and they were married June 11, 1950 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona.

In 1953, the couple began dairy farming in Allamakee County. Milton began working at the Postville Farmers Coop in the mid-1970s and then went to work for Waukon Equity Coop in 1990. Upon retirement, Milton and Mary continued living in Waukon.

While farming, Milton was active in several farm-related organizations. He was also a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon. Milton loved boating with family on the Mississippi, carried on a family tradition of woodworking, appreciated history and was always interested in visiting new places. He and Mary belonged to a couple of card clubs, spent time square dancing and enjoyed live theatre. Milton liked watching sports, playing golf and loved to tell stories about farming with his John Deere tractors.

Survivors include his seven children: Craig (Ruth) Turner of Iowa Falls, Richard (Celeste) Turner of McGregor, Brenda (Alan) Steffens of Clermont, Dennis (Nancy) Turner of Postville, Randy Turner of Placerville, CA, Mary Beth (Steve) Snitker of Postville and Debra (Neal) Horns of Postville; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Bea Lenth of Postville, Mary Rush of Arvada, CO and Janice (Gary) Maxwell of Bakersfield, CA. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary, who died in 2014; and two brothers-in-law: Eldon Lenth and Gene Rush.

Honorary casketbearers are Milton’s grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at

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