Ercel Turner

Obituary of Ercel Frederick Turner

Ercel (Fred) Frederick Turner passed away at his Livonia home on August 9, 2023 at the age of 96.  Born and raised in the coal mining town of Tams, West Virginia, Fred only spent one summer working in the mines.  He considered himself fortunate to enlist in the Navy in World War II and ‘tour’ the South Pacific.  After the fighting, Fred was stationed in Japan during the Occupation.  He always admired the Japanese people and their culture because, despite the hostility, they treated the American soldiers with respect and grace.   Fred earned an undergraduate degree using the GI bill, followed by a law degree at night school.  He remained a Michigan attorney in good standing for 70 years.  Fred’s mother had wanted him to become a Baptist Minister but even she admitted that he probably helped more people in his private law practice than he would have in the church. 

Fred’s wife of 68 years, Edith Turner, passed away at their home in 2021.  He is survived by four children, Viki Palid (Michael), little (but taller) Fred Turner, James Turner and Wendy Turner, 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and many wonderful friends, neighbors and caregivers.  Fred is fondly remembered by his grandchildren for teaching them how to look after their belongings.  Specifically, to hide their Easter chocolate before leaving for Sunday Mass.

A private memorial for both Edith and Fred will be held by the family at a later date.  Fred was a great lover of dogs so any donation for the betterment of their lives would be appreciated.  This would include special treats for your own pets.

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