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February 25, 2020

2/4/2020 10:57:00 AM
Turner, Cary O.

Cary O. Turner, age 61, of Onalaska, formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 31, 2020 in Janesville. He was born on July 15, 1958 in Boscobel, the son of Richard and Madonna (Hill) Turner. Cary was united in marriage to Laurie Conner on August 25, 1986 in Las Vegas, NV.
Cary graduated from Iowa-Grant High School then attended Southwest Tech in Fennimore, where he obtained his Auto Body degree. In 1980 after working at several body shops he started working at Dagnon Motors in Prairie du Chien, where he managed the body shop. In 1988, he started Midwest Auto and successfully operated it for 30 years. Always willing for new adventures, he got involved in owning and operating hotels. Cary and Laurie began by purchasing the Best Western & Super 8 in Prairie du Chien, which soon expanded to Microtel, Comfort Inn and AmericInn with locations in La Crosse, Janesville, and Rochester, MN. Cary was very proud of his accomplishments with Laurie and his children by his side throughout. He also had a wonderful heart and always treated his employees with great respect. Cary was a very kind, generous man and a kid at heart with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed cars, football, and cheering on the Packers and had a passion for animals, especially his dogs. Cary's devotion to his family and friends will be cherished forever.
Cary is survived by his wife Laurie of Onalaska, three children; Brande Turner of Prairie du Chien, Brian Turner of La Crosse, Jamie Turner of La Crosse, two grandchildren; Orion and Sebastien, brother Rick Turner of Mineral Point, sister Julie Ann Turner of Cedar Rapids, IA, his brother and sister-in-laws; Johanne Bymaster, Sue Hollander, Mary Towsley, Paul (Robin) Conner, June (Tom) Hlavac, Threasa (Bruce) Ramsden, Eugene (Sue) Conner, Carolyn Reger, and Jerry Hlavac, along with many nieces and nephews, and his dear friends; Del Carey of Mineral Point, Karl Anderson of Janesville, and David "Chuck" Gundlach of Montfort.
Cary was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Madonna Turner, and his father-in-law Joseph Conner and his mother-in-law Pearl Reger.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday February 8, 2020 at the Montfort United Methodist Church in Montfort, WI with burial to follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Montfort. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday morning. The Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort is assisting the family and online condolences may be made at

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