Ivagean “Jean” (Soss) Turner, age 92, passed away on April 11, 2022 at Ohio’s Hospice in Miami County. Jean was born on December 13, 1929 in Sidney, Michigan to Hazel and Edward Soss. In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her siblings: Bud, Norman, Betty, Helen, Ruth, Marian, and Eloise. Her beloved husband, Richard “Dick” Turner passed away on March 10, 2018.
In 1948, Jean met Dick, the love of her life, on a blind date and she pocketed his lighter so he’d have to return. Three months later they were married on December 30, 1948. Together they would share a 69 year love story. That love produced two daughters, Robin L. Turner, of Marion, Ohio and AnnaMarie (Turner) Stover of Troy. They also adored their son-in-law, Kevin Stover of Troy and were blessed with a grandson, Ian Turner Stover, of Oakland, California.
Jean and Dick worked for many years at the former General Telephone and Dick’s job meant moving their family from Michigan to Iowa to Florida, and then finally to Marion, Ohio where they retired in 1989. They then began their second career and started Turner’s Berry Farm in Waldo, Ohio, a u-pick business they ran for the next 14 years. After selling the farm, they relocated to Troy, Ohio to watch their grandson grow up.
Dick and Jean were devout Lutherans and were baptized at the age of 33 in Iowa. While in Marion, they were active members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Jean served as the Registration Chairman for well over 20 years for the Art Market Marion, an art show held on the beautiful grounds of their church. Once they relocated to Troy, they were members of First Lutheran Church and then in their final years they were members of Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp City.
Those who knew Jean will remember her as a quiet, classy, yet sometimes feisty lady who was always dressed to perfection with every hair in place.
Jean is survived by her children Robin, AnnaMarie, Kevin, and grandson Ian. She is also survived by her remaining sibling, Alice (Soss) McMeeken of Michigan and 2 sisters-in-law: Judi (Turner) Brookover of Florida and Louise Turner of Michigan. Jean also had many nieces and nephews.
As Jean was a very private person, her wishes were that there be no public service and she will be cremated. Baird Funeral Home of Troy is handling the arrangements. The family plans to scatter Dick and Jean’s ashes together at a place that was very special to them.
The family is extremely grateful for the Story Point staff where Jean had an apartment for the past 6 months. The Story Point and the Laurus Care staff took incredibly good care of Jean. Finally, the family is beyond grateful to the Ohio’s Hospice staff who treated Jean with loving compassion in her final days.
If you’d like to remember Jean, please consider making a donation in her name to Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.bairdfuneralhome.com.
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