Garden Prairie, IL
James L. “Jim” Turner, 85, of Garden Prairie, IL passed away peacefully, Wednesday morning, December 16, 2015 in Swedish American Hospital after a short illness. Jim was born May 21, 1930 in Belvidere, IL the son of Lloyd J. and Ruby Turner. He attended a one room school house before graduating from Belvidere High School in 1948. On September 30, 1951, Jim married Marilyn J. Murley at First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere where he was also a member. Jim and Marilyn just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.
Jim was a dairy farmer, having lived and worked his entire life on his family’s Centennial Farm. Following the tornado of 1967, Jim started Turner Equipment Sales where worked alongside his cousin, Gary Turner for many years. Aside from work, Jim loved his family; he enjoyed time baling and selling hay, the Boone County Fair, raising Welsh Ponies, and being an avid Belvidere Buc and Chicago Cubs fan. Jim gave back to the community by his service as a state officer of F.F.A; a founding member and president of Boone Co. Ducks Unlimited Chapter; 4-H Garden Prairie Grasshoppers, and the Boone County Historical Society Museum where he was the “Big Dipper” at the annual Ice Cream Social. Jim also served on the Boone County Community Foundation board and was a recipient of the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizens Award in 2013. Jim was a member of the Farm Bureau, Bonus Township Trustee and Lawrenceville Cemetery Trustee. He also served on the board of the Conservation District and was a member and supporter of the Boone County Granges. Jim was a former board member of the Boone State Bank and served on the Belvidere School Board following the tornado of 1967 as well as during the construction of Funderburg Stadium. Jim and Marilyn hosted the Boone County Farm Bureau Dairy Breakfast. Jim and Marilyn along with Jack and Peggy Wolf donated “The Baby Sitter” statue located at the Boone County Fair Grounds.
Jim is loved and will be missed by his wife, Marilyn; children, Teri (Rock) Keegan, Lori Turner, Julie Turner and Nancy (Mike) Hearn; sisters, Marlene Smiley and Beverly Gibson; grandchildren, Kelli (Ben) Knaup, Dustin Turner, Danielle Turner, Stacey (Scott) Barnes, Ali Hearn, Luke Hearn; great-grandchildren, Emma Knaup and Sam Knaup; cousins, Gary (Ann) Turner and Giles (Bunny) Turner and several nieces and nephews. Jim is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley Craig.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 21, 2015 in First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Lincoln and Main, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Dr. Robert Kopp officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the church. (Please use the parking lot entrance). Interment will be in Lawrenceville Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be given in care of the family to be determined at a later date. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL. To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com