Turner Lake - Chatfield

Turner Lake - Chatfield
Lake Turner

The funeral for Turner Lake, 74, of Chatfield, will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2011, at the Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, with Rev. Alice Applequist officiating. Burial will be in the Chatfield Cemetery.

Mr. Lake died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Saint Marys Hospital, where had been for only one day.

Debs Turner Lake Jr. was born in Rochester, on April 12, 1937, to Debs T. and Ann (Nelson) Lake Sr. He graduated from Chatfield High School and attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. He graduated with an English and Journalism degree.

His former addresses were Chatfield; DeKalb, Ill., where he worked for the DeKalb Press (where he met and married Bonita Sue Prewett); Minneapolis, where he worked for the Minneapolis Star Tribune (where they had their daughter, Heather); Dickinson, N.D., where he was editor of the Dickinson Press; Kansas where he worked for the Kansas City Star; and he also wrote articles for the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Though his vocation was newsman, Turner’s favorite time was entertaining others on the piano. He loved the irreverent songs of Tom Lehrer, would play "Roll Out the Barrel" with gusto and encouraged his daughter Heather to play the piano and sing and would take her with him to entertain at nursing homes. She was later in competitions and credits her father for her sense of joy in music to this day.


He was a multi-talented man, writing poetry his entire life, a hilarious person at times, and a devotee of the writing of Mike Royko and William Stafford. He was also a political man who wrote letters to the White House and once received a letter from President Obama. He was published in the journal Poetic Strokes — A Regional Anthology of Poetry, with a poem entitled For Neal. His liveliness and sophistication will be missed by both family and a large circle of friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Heather Lake of Bloomington, Ind.; one sister, Sally (Bill) Paulsen of Arnold, Calif.; three nephews and a niece. Turner was preceded in death by his parents, Debs and Ann Lake Sr.

Visitation will be Friday, July 29, one hour before the service at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield.

Riley Funeral Home of Chatfield is handling the arrangements. (507) 867-4310

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