Merrill Edwin Turner

Merrill Edwin Turner of Cass City, age 77, passed away at his home on Saturday, June 9, 2018 with family at his side.

Merrill was born in Caro on May 11, 1941 to the late Grant and Laura (Kelly) Turner. He was one of five children. After his graduation from Caro High School in 1959, he immediately joined the U. S. Air Force and served as a B52 tail gunner until 1963 when he attended Delta College.

Merrill worked for AC Spark Plug in Flint, Dow Chemical in Midland, and later Dow Chemical in Rocky Flats, Colorado. While living in Arvada, Colorado, he attended the University of Boulder, Colorado where he received his degree in Environmental Biology. He worked at Caro Regional Center from 1976 until his retirement in 1991, then returned to work at the Michigan Department of Agriculture from 1992 until his second retirement in 1997. He loved fishing, target practice, gardening, traveling, boating with his dog Joe, and was an avid reader.

He is survived by his wife, Christina; children: Scott (Robin) Turner of Van Buren Ohio, Misty (Dirk) DeLong of Cass City, Robert (Rachel) Coryell of Bad Axe, Megan (Travis) Middleton of Austin Texas, Rebecca (Brett) Martin of Cass City; grandchildren: Layne, Brett (Faith), Drew, Ryan Turner, Kelly, Ryan, Carson DeLong, Austin Coryell, Logan Stark, Troy Middleton, Sean Dyer, Josh, Isabella, Scarlett Martin; great-grandchildren: Carter and Colton Turner; sisters: Madelyn Skaggs of Cass City and Jeanne (Dennis) James of Manistee; brothers-in-law: Michael O’Dell of Zebulon, Georgia and Ed Paladi of Cass City; several nieces and nephews; and lifelong friend, Gerald (Ace) Mathewson. He was preceded in death by his brothers Milo and Gerald Turner; sisters-in-law: Cheryl Paladi, Bobbie O’Dell, Betty Turner and Doreen Turner; brother-in-law, James Skaggs; and grandson, Ethan Dyer.

Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service has been held. To sign the online guestbook, visit

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