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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of September 7, 2011

Obituaries for the day of September 7, 2011

Obituaries for the day of September 7, 2011


Sept. 24 — Hobert Nelson, service, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, 1701 Sixth St., La Grande

Arnold Chenoweth


Arnold Chenoweth, 82, of Elgin, died Sept. 6 at his home.  A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Laurose Hibberd

La Grande

Laurose Hibberd, 96, of La Grande, died Sept. 6 at her home. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret F. Lyon

Formerly of Elgin

Margaret Frances Lyon, 93, of Kennewick, Wash., and formerly of Elgin, died Sept. 6 at Rose Cottage in Kennewick. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bette Mae Stewart

La Grande

Bette Mae Stewart, 90, of La Grande, died Sept. 6 at her residence. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Dennis C. Turner

Formerly of La Grande


Dennis Compton Turner, 70, formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 5 at his home in Hermiston in the company of his family after a two-year battle with cancer. A funeral Mass will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. Sign the condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.

Dennis was born Aug. 30, 1941, in Portland to Donald and Nora Turner. Denny was raised with his siblings, Gary, Donna and Cheryl, in Portland, where he graduated from Madison High School. He attended the University of Oregon and received a bachelor of science degree in biology and a doctor of dental medicine degree. He graduated second in his dental school class. He served in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps from 1966 to 1969 before attending the University of Washington Dental School where he received an M.S.D. in orthodontics.

In 1971, Dr. Turner began practicing as an orthodontist in La Grande, ultimately opening offices in Hermiston, Pendleton, Enterprise and Baker City. Those who knew him say “Dr. Turner was passionate about creating healthy, beautiful ‘Big Turner Smiles,’ while providing compassionate care for his patients.”

On Jan. 24, 1993, Denny married the love of his life, Brenda Houk Kincaid, in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. They made it a point to return to Maui to celebrate each year. They made their home in Hermiston, where they created Brace Molar Ranch, a place for family, fun and opportunities for Denny to teach his children, their friends and his nieces and nephews how to work.

Denny was an active part of his community and participated in several civic organizations. He coached kids sports and was active in the Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church where he facilitated a Bible study course and shared his love of God. In 2010, Dr. Turner was recognized by the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce as the businessman of the year.

Denny is survived by his wife, Brenda; children, Marcus Turner and his wife, Hadra, of Austin, Texas, Brad Kincaid and his wife, Heidi, of Portland, Joseph Kincaid and his wife, Monica, of Woodburn, Jordan Turner of Hermiston, and Jill Jones, and her husband, Brian, of Eugene; siblings, Gary Turner of Hermiston, Donna Sargent of Spokane and Cheryl Davy of Tillamook; and four grandchildren with another grandchild on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Nora Turner of Portland.

Memorial contributions in Dr. Turner’s name may be made to Advantage Smiles for Kids at www.AdvantageSmilesforKids.org, a foundation that provides orthodontic care for disadvantaged children.

The Observer publishes free obituaries as a community service. Obituaries are edited to fit news guidelines. Photos are encouraged. Paid space is available for families who would like to include more information.

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