Arnold J. Turnis

Posted October 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm


April 26, 1935 – Oct. 15, 2013

Arnold J. Turnis, 78, of Monticello, Iowa, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids after a sudden illness.

Friends called from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a vigil service was held at 3 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus Rosary was recited at 7 p.m.

Friends called at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello, where a Mass of Christian Burial commenced at 11 a.m. Burial was in the church cemetery. Officiating was Rev. Paul Baldwin. The Monticello Drill Team accorded military honors.

  Arnie was born on April 26, 1935, on the family farm near Sand Springs, Iowa, the son of George and Eva (Kramer) Turnis. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Monticello in 1953. Following graduation, Arnold enlisted in the U.S. Army with the Third Armored Division. Upon completion of his tour of duty, he was employed at his father’s farm. For many years, he was a director of the Farm Credit Service and a 4-H leader. Arnold was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1821. He loved to go snowmobiling and fishing in Canada.

  He married Marcella Podhajsky on Nov. 9, 1957, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marshalltown. They farmed in the Sand Springs area until their retirement in 1995, when they moved to Monticello. Even though retired, Arnold still enjoyed going and helping his sons on the family farm.

  Survivors include his wife of nearly 56 years, Marcella; seven children: Mike (Tanya) Turnis of Edgerton, Wis.; Pam (Greg) Dalhoff of Verona, Wis., Steve (Janet) Turnis of Monticello; Linda (Tom) Gansemer of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Pat (Carolyn) Turnis of Hopkinton; Karen (Tom) Brokaw III of Monticello; and Doug (Michelle) Turnis of Hopkinton; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild due early next year; two brothers: John Turnis of Manchester and Clarence (Cheryl) Turnis of Elkhart Lake, Wis.; and one sister, Georgene (Bud) McGovern of Epworth; in-laws, Rosie Heims-Turnis of Marion, Barb (Jim) Goebel of Masonville, Richard Podhajsky of Vinton and Edith Podhajsky of Marshalltown; several nephews and nieces.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bob (Betty) Turnis and Adrian (Mary Lou) Turnis; an infant sister, Mary; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Turnis; brothers-in-law, Louis Podhajsky, Jr. and Lester Podhajsky.

  He was the best dad his seven kids could ever ask for. He had a kind, gentle manner about him, but was always there to support them through the good and bad. His love for his wife and family was strong until the very end.

  We are going to miss him dearly and our hearts will never be the same. Dad, you were our role model and we love you. Until we meet again . . . love you forever.