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Turner Lewis Vemer, 1930-2020

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Turner Lewis Vemer, 90, of Heber City, Utah, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

Mr. Vemer (known as “TV”) was born February 6, 1930, at the family homestead on Bowling Lane to the late Helen (Selby) and Floyd Vemer. Mr. Vemer was a graduate of Hickman High School, a lifelong member of Olivet Christian Church (and choir), and a veteran of the US Air Force. He met his first wife, the late Dr. Elizabeth (Betty) Nelson, while stationed in Portland, Oregon. The two settled on the ancestral farm on Bowling Lane in eastern Boone County, raising their four children there.

While cattle was his passion, TV also excelled growing corn, soybeans, wheat, and red clover seed. Mr. Vemer served on the New Haven School Board; starred in productions at the Maplewood Barn Theatre; and was a vital early organizer of the Missouri Symphony Society. He proudly worked the mutton grill at the annual Olivet Church barbecue and won four grand championships for his hams at the Boone County Fair (one was served at the White House).

Mr. Vemer actively farmed in Boone and Callaway counties until 1992, when he moved to Chandler, Arizona. There he worked briefly for a housing developer in the Phoenix area while also retooling his farming skills to the southwestern climate. He also met his second wife, Jean Serena, and the two moved for a time to Las Cruces, before ultimately settling in Heber City. Jean and TV loved to travel, and enjoyed visiting Russia, Italy, and Australia in recent years.

His generosity and community mindset were boundless. On top of the countless hours Mr. Vemer gave to coaching his children, volunteering for civic organizations, championing causes he believed in as part of his political campaigns, and donating land and time for public schools, he willingly shared his knowledge of everything from weather to fishing to music with his children and grandchildren. He regularly lent his family, friends, and neighbors a hand, and shared slices of country ham and his best sweet corn with everyone he knew.

Mr. Vemer was preceded in death by his beloved first wife, Elizabeth; his cherished second wife, Jean; his brothers, Robert and David, and sister, Betty Anne; and his parents, Floyd and Helen. He is survived by his son Randall (wife Mary Frances Byrne), of Portland, Ore.; daughter Paige Banet (husband Gerry) of Clayton; Leslie Trogdon (husband Tim) of Columbia; and daughter Anna Andrzejewski (husband Matt) of Madison, Wis.; and four grandchildren (Taylor Vemer Trogdon (Miami, Fla.); Nathan Vemer Banet (Klamath Falls, Ore.); Benjamin Vemer Banet (Bishop, Calif.); and Elizabeth Nelson Andrzejewski (Milwaukee, Wis.).

A memorial will be held when it is safe for people to gather again. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Vemer’s name can be made to: University of Missouri, Elizabeth Vemer Memorial Minority Scholarship Fund, 407 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, MO 65211.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory; 12 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO, 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.

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