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Glenn W. Turner — a 59-year-old World War II Army veteran — was found dead inside a van parked at the Latin King Restaurant on Des Moines’ east side on Thursday evening, August 10, 1978.
Polk County Medical Examiner Dr. R.C. Wooters said Turner died from a skull fracture and reported time of death as Wednesday, August 9.
Des Moines police said Turner’s wallet was missing but did not initially state a motive for the crime.
Glenn Turner was born September 17, 1918, in Benton County, Indiana, to Adolphus L. and Emma L. (Randall) Turner. He had one sister, Ora Lee Turner Little, and three brothers: Robert R., Clarence W., and Osborn V. Turner.
He served as a Private with the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was survived by his wife Mildred and six children: Glenn Jr., Ronald, Joe, John, Sue Ann and Bill Turner.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jeannie Lou; and brother Clarence.
He is buried in Teegarden Congregational Christian Church Cemetery in Ansonia, Darke County, Ohio.
If you have any information about Glenn Turner’s unsolved murder please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4864.