Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey. We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. We are here for you.

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Greg & Jody Jenness
Licensed Funeral Director & Owners

Greg has been on staff as a funeral director at Turner Funeral Homes since 1996. He previously served at funeral homes in Sioux City, Iowa and Oak Park, Illinois. Greg has lived in northwest Iowa his entire life, graduating from Primghar High School. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Northwestern College in Orange City and in 1995 graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science.  He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake and  is a member of Spirit Lake Noon Kiwanis. Greg enjoys officiating high school football and spending time with family.

Jody was raised and educated in Milford, graduating from Okoboji High School in 1991. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Management at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Jody is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake, where she plays the piano and is an Elder in the Session and has been active in the Spirit Lake Community School system as a volunteer in many organizations.  He enjoys taking walks with the dog, attending kid's activities and spending time with her family.

Greg and Jody purchased the family business in 2010 from longtime business owner, Jerry Turner.  The funeral home name changed to Turner Jenness Family Funeral Home at that time.

Greg and Jody are the parents of four children; Jacob and his wife, Miranda, Tyler, Kailee and Emma.  They have been blessed in adding Michael Leichweiss and Moritz Arndt, from Germany and Venice Van Der Plas and Isa Doggers from the Netherlands, to their family.

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Merle Wickman
Licensed Funeral Director

Merle became part of the Turner Funeral Home staff in 1983.  He is a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and been active in funeral service in Iowa since 1978. In addition to his Iowa funeral director license; he  retains a Minnesota funeral director’s license.  Merle and his wife, Barb have two adult daughters; Sarah and Amity.

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Jim Kennedy
Advanced Planning Consultant 

Jim Kennedy has been working with Turner Jenness Funeral Homes for the past four years, helping families plan their services and guiding them through the funeral trust process. Jim has nearly four decades of insurance, banking and real estate experience. He obtained his BA from Iowa State University and his MBA from the University of Sioux Falls. His wife Lila is a retired teacher, having taught at Central Lyon schools for 37 years. Lila is active with classes at the YMCA and P.E.O., and Jim has appeared in dozens of theater productions at River Valley Players (Rock Rapids IA), Okoboji Summer Theatre and Iowa Lakes Community College. Jim and Lila live in Okoboji and have two children and four grandchildren.