Gary Turner

December 30, 1933 - November 12, 2020

Gary  Turner



Gary Turner 1933-2020

After almost 87 years Gary has a new address.   He left his farm and is now catching up on old times with his father, mother, Betty, Gilbert, Jim, and many cherished friends as he moved onto Heaven.  We are sure he is telling some great jokes, sharing how lucky he was to marry his love of his life, Ann, on July 31, 1954, at First United Methodist Church and bragging about his wonderful children and their families.  

He was born on a cold night on December 30th, 1933 to Mildred and Allen Turner in the same home where he left this heavenly earth.  With the early passing of his father (49) he came home to run the family farm.  Gary chased and won over Ann Hendrickson, and recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary with all his children present.

Gary attended Belvidere High School (1951) and graduated from the first Agricultural Short Program from University of Illinois. He served in the army as an Anti-aircraft artillery trainer.   Gary also made Soldier Of The Month.

After surviving the 1967 tornado, he continued to farm the land and then joined Turner Equipment Sales working along with his cousin Jim Turner.  What a great team they made.  Dad never truly retired from farming, he loved working the land and his homestead. 

Gary will be missed by many in Belvidere and Boone County.  He led and sat on many boards including, 

Pure Milk Association, Farm Bureau,  4-H leader for almost 60 years,  Boone County Historical Society YMCA, Y’s Men Charter member, President of the United Methodist Men,  Belvidere Chamber of Commerce Board, Lawrenceville Cemetery Trustee and Led the Lawrenceville Memorial service for over 60 years. He was a lifetime season ticket holder and supporter of the Belvidere Bucs. Gary was on the Keenage Center board, known as Mr. Donut, and the Coffee man at the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years, and the best Dish Washer for the United Methodist Women. Gary served on numerous other committees and boards throughout the Church that he loved. Gary’s also love was golf, he played on the Y’s Men’s golf league for 40 years.

He was honored with the Dr. of Civic Betterment in 1981.  Awarded Outstanding young dairy couple in 1963, Inducted into the 4-H hall of fame and was roasted by CASA In 2017.  

One of the most outstanding character traits that will be missed by all will be his quick wit and humor.  Everyone left Gary with a smile on their face.  He always looked for the brighter side of things with his kind and gentle soul that impacted many throughout his life.

Gary is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ann; his children,  Paul, Springfield, IL, Amy, Belvidere, and Sarah (Ross) Schroeder, Raleigh, NC; Grandchildren, Jessica(Jim) Schneider, Ashley(Cliff) Hills, Austin and Sophie Schroeder;  Great Grandchildren, Lily, Jack, Hudson, and Kensley; brother, Giles (Bunny) Turner, Augusta, WI. He is preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Mildred Turner; siblings, Betty (Bob) Wright, Gilberts (Mary) Turner.

Gary’s wishes if you choose to give a memorial in lieu of flowers in his memory is to continue to support the Boone County 4-H or to his church that he loved, The First United Methodist Church in Belvidere, IL.  

Due to state guidelines, face masks and social distancing required. The walk- through visitation will be from 3p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, November 20, 2020, at First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Ave, Belvidere, IL, 61008. The memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 21, at the church. Jim Bell will officiate. Live stream of services can be watched by visiting Gary’s obituary page at or going to Burial at Lawrenceville Cemetery.

All Covid protocols must be followed if attending either of the tributes for Gary. To leave the family a memory, please visit

Service Schedule

Friday, November 20, 2020

First United Methodist Church

610 Bonus Avenue
Belvidere, IL 61065

Due to state guidelines, face masks and social distancing required. The walk- through visitation will be from 3p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, November 20, 2020, at First United Methodist Church, 610 Bonus Ave, Belvidere, IL, 61008.

Saturday, November 21, 2020
10:30 am

First United Methodist Church

610 Bonus Avenue
Belvidere, IL 61065

Due to state guidelines, face masks and social distancing required. . The memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 21, at the church. Jim Bell will officiate.


Burial at Lawrenceville Cemetery.

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My husband and I met Gary and Ann on a cruise years ago. What a delightful couple! Such fun and wonderful memories therein!
So sorry to hear of his death. My husband preceded him in death in 2017. Am sure they are laughing and enjoying renewing their friendship in Heaven.
To Ann and family I express deep sympathy and love.

Doris Coble 2021-05-26T21:31:35

When I think of Gary and Ann I think of big smiles, love of family , friends, church and community. Those two were alway smiling and being present always in the moment making one feel important. Prayers to his family and friends. Adam and Patty Zickert.

Adam and Patty Zickert 2020-12-06T18:22:27

Annie I just heard of Gary’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss You two a such amazing people and I will never forget either of you God Bless

Lynn Welsh 2020-11-27T13:34:25

To the family of Gary I pray God continue to comfort you!!! I pray Ann may have peace in the knowledge that she will see him again!!! The strength and patience until that time!!! What a blessing he was to all of you!!!!!

Donna M Burlo 2020-11-22T23:34:55

Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing..Cherish the memories and know he’s in Gods hands now.

Audrey Aves Kaalaas 2020-11-21T12:42:43

Ann, so sorry for all of our loss of Gary, but especially to you and your family. Ann I have always admired the love you two shared. It showed when you were together and when you were apart from each other. I would always ask Gary how you were doing and that smile as he thought of you was priceless It was a privilege to know Gary, he always made me laugh. He was a pleasure to work with when he was on our board at Boone County Council on aging. Ann he will never be forgotten in my heart

Cindy Mathison 2020-11-21T11:50:55

Dear Ann & Family
First, I’m was saddened to hear about Gary’s passing, but secondly, what a beautiful long array of wonderful pictures of his and your life together. I recognized many faces and what a great experience to be back in the new church after 18 years in Michigan. This service and pictures of a life well lived was lovely and very moving, thank you and may God Bless you and your family. Sincerely, Lyn & Bob Pingle in Grandville, Michigan

Lyn Pingle 2020-11-21T11:40:11

Austin, Sophie, Sarah, and Ross

I’m so sorry to hear this news and I’m thinking of you. Gary had a full life and I was inspired hearing about all the people he touched through his service and involvement in the community. I remember him as a warm, kindhearted grandpa with a quick smile and sweet natured humor.

Jana 2020-11-20T19:50:05

Love and prayers being sent, such a wonderful man who inspired so many!

Mary Gutschow 2020-11-20T19:28:41

We first met Gary many years ago at the Belvidere Methodist church. We were there for the first time and this man came over to our pew and said, “Hi, I’m Gary Turner welcome t0 our church. We have had many years of friendship and will miss him as will his family and friends. In memory: God saw him getting tired and a cure was not to be so he wrapped his arms around him and said, “Gary come home to Me.”

Bill Brandenburg 2020-11-20T16:28:53

Have fond memories of Gary visiting Annie at the deli, those were the days.
My dearest condolences to Annie and your family. 🙏

Gina Mosley 2020-11-20T11:49:42

So very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. What a legacy he leaves in our community. He touched so many lives in so many ways that he never even realized. His fun and positive spirit impacted all he came in contact with. To Ann and the children thank you for sharing him with us all these years. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Senator Dave Syverson 2020-11-20T11:44:55

To: Ann Turner and Family,

Jeff and I are so sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. We will be thinking and praying for you and your family.

Dr. Jeff and Dorice Royce

Dorice & Dr. Jeff Royce 2020-11-19T13:00:16

We were sorry to hear of Gary‘s passing.

Please know Ann that you and your family are in our prayers.

We so enjoyed running into Gary and his beautiful smile. What a blessing he was for his family, friends and Belvidere.

May all the wonderful memories and photos keep them close in your hearts.

Deepest sympathy
Jack and June

Jack and June Overmeyer 2020-11-19T11:53:04

So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. May God be with the family and give them strength and comfort during this time.

Kathleen Clanin Brodhacker 2020-11-18T22:06:59

Our family was sad to hear of Gary’s passing. He was an important member of the Methodist church and of the Belvidere area. I remember following him home on his old John Deere tractor on Lawrenceville Road. He got a kick out of passing my Dad’s 1938 A. Ours is VERY slow!

He will certainly be missed by many families! Our sympathy and prayers to your family. 💕

Nancy (Behnke) nd Jerry Malmassari 2020-11-18T18:26:40

We were both saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. His friendly smile and light sense of humor always brightened our days. I remember some of our gatherings with both of you, Ann, the Newports, and the Clairs. We will miss Gary. Our hearts are with you during this difficult time.

Tom and Ellyn Walker

Thomas J Walker Ellyn V Walker 2020-11-18T14:09:45

When I was the pastor at Belvidere UMC, I always enjoyed a visit with Gary.
His friendly smile and engaging spirit always lightened the busy load at the church. Our hearts and prayers go out to you, Ann.

Tom and Ellyn Walker

Thomas J Walker Ellyn V Walker 2020-11-18T14:04:38

With tears in my eyes I just watched the wonderful photo tribute to Gary and celebrating his love to the Turner family and many life long friends. Gosh, I’m going to miss this man but I know we’ll see and laugh with him again. Thanks for sharing. Love you all.

Tom, Paula, Jeff and Natalie 2020-11-18T11:00:43

Ann, Paul, Amy, and Sarah…we’re so sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. What a truly great and authentic man! You never had a visit or encounter with Gary where you didn’t leave the moment without a smile on your face. We are blessed to have had such a person in our lives, and we should all be so fortunate to impact people in the way Gary did. Keeping the family in our prayers. – Kurt/Jen Gibson

Kurt J Gibson 2020-11-18T07:53:26

Ann, Paul, Amy and Sarah: So sorry for your family’s loss. Gary was a wonderful man and I enjoyed having him as a neighbor and 4-H leader. He always had a kind word every time I saw him. He will be missed.

Jodi (Ellwanger) Johnson 2020-11-17T09:38:32

Our condolences to the entire Turner family.

David and Karen Englund 2020-11-17T08:00:46

What a guy!
Mr. Boone County! He gave so much to so many. Gary will never be replaced.
Ann we love you and your family and extend our deepest sympathies to you all. We wish we could be there and give hugs to you all. God’s Peace be with you.

Curt and Brenda Tobin 2020-11-16T16:38:39

Ann, you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts.

Ivan and Vanesse 2020-11-16T15:56:08

So sorry for your loss. Jeff remarked about how much knowledge he had about the old tractors. He will be missed. With our sympathy.

Jeff & Trudy Flippo 2020-11-16T15:09:50

Ann & family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Gary was a kind man and always had a smile on his face. May the good Lord be with all or you during this most difficult time. We are keeping all of you in our prayers.

The Daniels' family 2020-11-16T12:25:19

Thinking of Gary will always make me smile. He and my old neighbor Bob Clair were quite the pair. I can only imagine them up there in heaven together. He left such a huge impact on so many young and old. He left an amazing legacy for Boone County to keep alive in so many ways. Thank you to him and Ann for your amazing service to so many ❤

Jill Bimmerle 2020-11-16T07:02:43

Gary always greeted everyone with a smile, such a nice neighbor he will be missed in the community. He and Ann did so much for 4h and the Methodist church.

Marcy Johnson 2020-11-16T06:41:06

My sincerest condolences. Gary was such a kind soul and, in some way, touched everyone that had the privilege of meeting him. The world is a lessor place. May you all find peace and comfort in your grief

Terry Gerber (Pfluger) 2020-11-15T21:38:45

Our sincere sympathy to Ann and the rest of the family. Gary was a wonderful friend and neighbor who will be missed. John, Anita, Cebe and family.

Anita Feltes 2020-11-15T20:06:32

Our sincere condolences to Ann and the Turner families. Gary touched many lives and will be missed by many.

Jim and Kylena Hursh 2020-11-15T18:31:18

Prayers for the family. Very thankful for Gary’s service to the church and 4-H. His smile always made everyone around him smile.

Jane and Paul Zeien 2020-11-15T15:16:45

While our Lord and Savior created all people equal, it is clear to see He gave Gary extra shots of compassion, love, humility, mentorship and a double shot of humor. He and Ann are the shining symbols of community, church and family. We will miss seeing his smiling face, but will continue to see it daily in everything thing that is good.

Greg and Jody Simross 2020-11-15T14:01:23

Gary made a room brighten up as soon as he walked in. A guy with so much character, charm, an unforgettable smile, positive attitude, caring in putting others needs before his own, and always there to lend a hand or great joke when needed. Great stories & memories will b shared and not forgotten by many of Gary!
Heaven has one of the great, but the fond memories will be here for all to share always!
Prayers to all the Turner family❤️🙏❤️

Karen Reynolds 2020-11-15T12:23:36

Dear Turner Family; My heart aches for you all. Family and friends are all mourning the loss of a truly wonderful man. Keep your memories close till you meet again. With love and deepest sympathy…..Kathy Mechler and Family

Kathy Mechler 2020-11-15T12:05:14

What a wonderful man! And what an amazing team the two of you were Ann! Sending you much love, and prayers for all those times the absence of your partner is so hard.

Jan Comerford 2020-11-15T10:29:03

To the Turner Family, please accept our deepest condolences. May time help you heal and bring you peace

Jarret, Heidi, Eli, & Savannah Loofboro

Loofboro Family 2020-11-14T19:49:03

Gary will be missed by family, and community.
I’m so sorry for the family, many memories
Will remain with us all!!

Sherry Hicks 2020-11-14T19:31:53

We are so very sorry to hear about Gary. I have many great memories of Gary, Ann, and family. We are sending prayers, love, and hugs to all of you. ~Jeanne (Meyers) and Ray

Jeanne and Ray Massingill 2020-11-14T18:59:21

So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.

Lori Chambers 2020-11-14T18:19:17


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