Francis “Bud” Turner, age 95, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Remembrance Home in Beaver Dam.
Bud was born on December 4, 1924 in Elmwood WI to the late Francis J. and Daisy (Wheeler) Turner. Bud Turner was a man of wisdom and integrity committed to building relationships within his family, church, and community. He initiated and maintained friendships that endured throughout his life. His generosity, gregariousness, curiosity, and love of hunting and fishing knew no bounds. His contributions to the common good were numerous and included military service in the U.S. Navy during WWII, leadership within his church and workplace, membership in community groups, longstanding support for the Beaver Dam School District, and loving as well as championing his extensive family.
After graduating from Elmwood High School in 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. Upon completion of his service with the submarine corps he attended UW-La Crosse earning a Bachelor of Science Degree. He later received his Master of Education Degree from UW-Superior. After marrying La Garda Kapping in 1947 the two set off for Lefor, ND where together, they taught grades 1 through 12. Bud later taught in a variety of Wisconsin towns, serving as teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent.
He left public education in 1957 to become a textbook representative and consultant, servicing Wisconsin and adjacent states. He resided in Beaver Dam since 1957. During his time in Beaver Dam he served on the Beaver Dam School Board, was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church serving on a variety of committees and commissions, was on the YMCA Board of Directors, served as an instructor, coach, and officer in the Beaver Dam Ringsiders, held offices in the state and national book publishers organizations, was a member of the Dodge County Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and Zor Shrine. As the founder of the Woods Masonic Scholarship, Bud leaves a lasting legacy to education in Beaver Dam. Each year, this program awards $50,000 in scholarships to deserving seniors. To date over half a million dollars has been awarded.
Bud was married to La Garda until her death in 1992. In 1994 he married Mary “Josie” Woodworth. He often mentioned how blessed he was to have the companionship and love of two such wonderful women.
He will be sadly missed by daughters, Vicki (Les) Frinak, Jacqueline (David) Hesse, and Jeanne Behm; step-daughters, Mary Woodworth (Steve) Schmidt, Sarah (Dave Davis) Woodworth, Elizabeth (Jeff Kriner) Woodworth; grandchildren, Scott Frinak, Jenny (Greg) Zuleger, Meredith Hesse (Ali) Emami, Meghan Hesse (Jackson) Ratliff, Abby (Steve) Konet, Ashley (Kevin) Winn; step-grandchildren, Andrew (Rachel Hill) Schmidt, Christopher (Angie) Kirsh, Colin (Olivia Hoff) Schmidt, Emily Kriner-Woodworth; 13 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, La Garda Turner; wife, Mary Woodworth Turner; step-son, Jamie Woodworth; parents; sisters; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.
Due to COVID-19, a celebration of Bud’s life will be held at a later date.
The family wishes to thank Remembrance Home and Hillside Hospice Care for their compassionate and loving care.
If desired, memorials in Bud’s name may be directed to the Badger Honor Flight or Trinity Church – United Methodist in Beaver Dam.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com.