West Des Moines

Joseph Edward Turner, 43, passed away April 11, 2018 in Omaha, NE. Services will be held at West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines, IA with visitation on Monday, April 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. and the funeral service on Tuesday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m.

Joseph was born July 3, 1974 to Marilyn (Willis) and Tom Turner. He graduated from Valley High School and went on to Truman State where he achieved his MAE and MA in conducting and composition. He later received a Specialist Degree in educational administration from Drake University. Joseph was the Band Director for several West Des Moines schools including Valley High School and Stilwell Junior High, and was a member of the Des Moines Big Band (tenor sax).

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Jenny; his pride and joy son, Anderson; his parents, Tom and Marilyn Turner; sister, Lisa (Greg) Wall and their children, Olivia and Connor; his mother-in-law, Judy Swain; brother-in-law, Bryan Swain; and a host of other family members and friends. Joseph was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Shelby Swain.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Lymphoma Research Foundation or to the West Des Moines Schools Student Scholarship Fund in memory of Joseph. Condolences at

Service Details

Monday, April 16, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 pm
West Des Moines Christian Church
4501 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
1:00 pm
West Des Moines Christian Church
4501 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa
Jordan Cemetery
West Des Moines, Iowa
Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 224-0078

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