Lennie Turnmire, 89, father of Spring Valley residents


Lennie Turnmire

Lennie Turnmire, 89, of St. Charles, died on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

He was born on May 8, 1929, in Harmony to Leonard and Mathilda Turnmire.

He attended Granger Grade School and graduated from Harmony High School.

He honorably served in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1952. Following his discharge from the Air Force, he worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, retiring following 30 years of service. He enjoyed cutting grass, plowing snow and catching some fish. He had been a member of the La Crescent American Legion.

He married Sarah “Sody” (Goetz) Golish Aug. 29, 1992.

The couple lived on a hobby farm in Pilot Mound Township in Fillmore County. They later moved to Dover, before moving to Benson, Ariz. In 2010, they moved to St. Charles Assisted Living.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah “Sody” Golish Turnmire; two sons, Arlie Golish and Edward Golish, both of Spring Valley; a daughter, Priscilla (Roger) Koenig of St. Charles; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant twin brother.

Funeral services for him were held on Monday, Jan. 7, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in St. Charles with the Rev. Sarah Walker Brown of Pilot Mound Lutheran Church officiating. Burial followed at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis in the spring. The St. Charles American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Post conducted military honors at the funeral home.

To share a memory of him online and view his video tribute when it becomes available, visit www.hofffuneral.com.

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