Genevieve E. (Nelson) Turner

Genevieve E. Turner, 90, of Belmond, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

Her husband, Ralph L. Turner, 93, of Belmond, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

Because of Genevieve’s death, Ralph’s previously scheduled visitation and graveside service have been postponed and will be combined with Genevieve’s services.

A joint graveside service for Ralph Turner and Genevieve Turner will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Belmond Cemetery, Luick’s Lane South in Belmond.

A joint visitation for Ralph and Genevieve will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond.

Genevieve Edna Nelson was born August 14, 1929 to Oscar and Carrie (Shaw) Nelson at their home in Belmond, Iowa. She was raised in Belmond and the surrounding area, attending several country schools before attending and graduating from the Belmond High School with the Class of 1947.

Genevieve met Ralph Turner while still attending high school, and they were married on June 3, 1947. The couple were blessed with three children: Larry, Randy and Kathy. The young family made their home in Dows, eventually moving to Belmond when Ralph began working for Genevieve’s father, Oscar, at Nelson Sand and Gravel. It was then that they built their home in 1952, that she lived the remainder of her years, until moving to the Assisted Living in Belmond in 2018. This home was just a block away from where she was born.

Genevieve was a stay-at-home mom until her children were older. She had several jobs, including USS Agrichemical, Thompson Seed Company, and the Belmond Hospital in the medical records department. She was also a Campfire Girls leader.

Genevieve and Ralph loved to travel, spending several winters in McAllen, Texas before buying a motor home and visiting numerous states and parts of Mexico. They also vacationed with family in Spain, Hong Kong and a Caribbean cruise.

Genevieve enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards – especially bridge, and various forms of crafting, everything from crochet, beaded card making to needlepoint. Genevieve was a proud Red Hat Member, enjoying many travels with them throughout Iowa.

Genevieve is survived by her children Larry (Nancy) Turner of Belmond; Randy (Jane) Turner of Belmond and Kathy (Bob) Vierkant of Belmond; grandchildren Christine (fiancé Bill Smutz, Jr.) Turner of Vinton, Iowa and her children Jay Spitler and Katelyn Spitler, Amy (Casey) Clabaugh and their children Isabella and Kinnick, Travis “TJ” (Jodi) Turner and their children Hailey, Easton, Madison and Allie, Angela Dehmer and her children Grace and Gavin, Lisa (fiancé Chad Sawyer) Formanek and her children Ciera Formanek, Jake Formanek and Mariah (Clayton) Miller and Rob (Andrea) Vierkant and their children Sydney and Parker; one sister Marilyn (Nelson) Eekhoff of Belmond; sister-in-law Marge Nelson of Belmond; brother-in-law Charles “Julian” (Carolyn) Turner of Mora, Minnesota; along with numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Turner, her parents, her brothers Robert ‘Ozzie’ Nelson and Eugene ‘Gene’ Nelson, her sister Shirley (Nelson) Nicholson Lobdell, brothers-in-law Jack Lobdell, Nick Nicholson and George Eekhoff, sister-in-law Emma Nelson, and nephews Rodney Nelson, Kurt Lobdell and Blake Lobdell.

In lieu of customary remembrances, Genevieve’s family suggests memorial donations may be directed to the Belmond Historical Society, 223 East Main Street, Belmond, Iowa, 50421.


Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Belmond
111 Luick's Lane South, Belmond, Iowa 50421
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Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Belmond Cemetery
Belmond, Iowa
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