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Elmer F Turner,Jr.
April 22, 1945 ~ September 10, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Private services Saturday September 23,2023
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Elmer Jr. was born in Bristol, England on April 22, 1945, to Elmer Sr. and Ruth Turner. After the war, in July of 1948, Elmer Jr. and his mother came to the United States where they settled with his father and his family in Anderson, Indiana. The family eventually moved to Cleveland, Ohio where Elmer graduated from East High in 1963. Very early in life Elmer showed tremendous talent as an artist. He won many accolades for his artwork. He went on to study at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he met his future wife, Juanita Lewis. The two were married in August of 1965. They had two children, Kathleen and Elmer III.
Along Elmer’s path in life, he was accompanied by several close friends including (but not limited to) John Anderson, Chuck Smart, and Woody Coleman to name a few.
Elmer traveled to New York City where he was the featured artist in an exhibition. He later came back to Cleveland and worked in the operations of several businesses on 105th and Euclid Ave.
Elmer had various jobs when he was young, but he found that he much preferred to work for himself. In 1975 he started Turner Graphics, a commercial art studio and in 1992 he launched By Design Studios where he eventually settled into doing architectural work.
Elmer enjoyed music. He was a self-taught musician. He was also a wonderful cook who enjoyed sharing his love of food with those around him. He enjoyed broadening the palates of his friends and family. He was very knowledgeable on a number of subjects. He always enjoyed a good debate. One of his favorite past times was arguing politics on Facebook.
Elmer was the loving husband of Juanita K. Turner (deceased). He is survived by his loving children Kathleen M. Turner of Twinsburg and Elmer F. Turner III of Cleveland Heights, his much beloved grandsons, Shane C. (Zenobia) Conner and Malik J. Johnson, and his adoring great-granddaughters Zuri N. Conner and Zoe C. Conner. He is also survived by his brother Christopher A. (Patricia) Turner and his nieces Courtney and Raygan and great-nephew Jaylen as well as extended family members here and abroad.