Route 66 Who's Who:

Gary Turner

This article was provided by Gary's son, Steve Turner, in February 2008:

Gary Turner
Gary will personally take your call at his vintage Sinclair station. [photo by Steve Turner]

Gary G. Turner was born Febuary 3, 1944—a cold and blustery day in Abesville, Missouri—to Henry and Dorothy Turner. Gary has been married to his wife and best friend, Lena, for 47 years, and to this union four children were born: two sons and two daughters.

Gary moved to California in the 1960s, and led an adventurous life there. His occupations included stints as “bank robber” at world-famous Knott's Berry Farm; cement truck driver; and owner and operator of a used car dealership.

After returning to the Missouri Ozarks in the late 1970s, Gary spent twenty-three years on American highways as an eighteen-wheel truck driver delivering groceries and produce to a four-state area. Upon retirement, Gary took over the Gay Parita service station on Route 66 in Paris Springs, Missouri, about twenty-five miles west of Springfield in Lawrence County. That's where you'll find Gary today.

Gay Parita Station
Gary's labor of love: Gay Parita Station

Through the years, Gary's passion for the Mother Road has grown, as has his enthusiasm for sharing that passion with each and every Road Warrior seeking a more simple and time-tested way of seeing things. His re-creation of the Gay Parita station is one expression of his mission to be a friend to every Mother Road adventurer.

So make the time when traveling Route 66 to stop and see Gary and the Gay Parita station. Have a cold soda, pick up a post card (make sure to have Gary sign it), and by all means sign the guest book and join the legions of other travelers who have had a chance to get to know Gary and his roadside history—you'll be glad you did.



More information about Gary and his Gay Parita service station can be found in our Businesses & Attractions section at: http:// www.route 66 busdir/parita.php