James L. "Jim" Turner

May 21, 1930 - December 16, 2015
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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

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church

Address:

221 N. Main Street, Belvidere, IL, 61008

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the church. (Please use the parking lot entrance).


Service Information

Date: Monday, December 21, 2015

Time: 10:00 am -

First Presbyterian Church

Address:

221 N. Main Street, Belvidere, IL, 61008

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.


Cemetery Information

Lawrenceville Cemetery


Memorial Information

Memorial contributions can be given in care of the family to be determined at a later date.


 

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Born: May 21, 1930
Died: December 16, 2015

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Dan & Cathy Flynn posted on 12/17/15

So very sorry for your loss.

 

Patrick Murphy posted on 12/18/15

Jim was a good man, strong and fun to discuss issues of life with.

 

The Daniels Family posted on 12/18/15

May God be with all of you during this most difficult time. Jim was a great friend and neighbor. He will be missed by many.

 

Leo Johnson posted on 12/18/15

I have so many memories of Jim in dealing with him in the used equipment business that it would take all day to list. Stories, philosophies of people, and life lessons were Jim's passions. I believe Jim once told me that his only formal education beyond Belvidere High was a Dale Carnegie Speaking class. I believe Jim could have taught Dale Carnegie a thing or two about public speaking. Other frequent topics of conversation with Jim included his lovely wife and daughters, high school football, and the price of land. Jim taught me most of what I know today about the equipment business and real estate investing, and will forever be thankful of that.

 

Kathy Arnett posted on 12/18/15

Jim was a good man - my sincere sympathy to the family.

 

Danielle Turner posted on 12/18/15

RIP Grandpa! I will always love you and cherish the time I got to spend with you!

 

Trudy Flippo posted on 12/19/15

So sorry for your loss. Jeff & Trudy (Ohlsen ) Flippo

 

Keith and Marie Rithamel posted on 12/20/15

Going to the Waverly Horse Sale in Waverly, Iowa was always a fun time. Jim, Marilyn, Teri, and Rock stayed in the same hotel as we did and each morning we would have breakfast with Jim and meet many interesting people from all over the United States. If you knew Jim, it didn't take long before you were visiting with everyone around your table, sharing stories about life wherever lived. We will never forget Jim and good times we had during those days at Waverly. Some people leave a mark on your heart and Jim was one of those people....

 

Jessica Bonte posted on 12/20/15

Jim, You will be greatly missed by all who knew you. Your smile and hugs were the best along with your jokes. The memories that were made at the farm will always stay with me. Annabell loved riding in the tractors and going into town with you for ice cream while dad and I worked with the ponies. You and your family always welcomed us with open arms. You and I had many conversations about life and I will take your advise and thoughts with me always. Until we meet again, Jessie (Strang) Bonte and Annabell Bonte

 

Malva Craft posted on 12/21/15

To the Turner family, My heart goes out to you all. I know you have so many special memories to help you through this sad time. It means a lot to keep them close to your heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Malva Craft

 

Donna Burlo posted on 12/21/15

What a super nice guy!!!! He always had a smile that lite places up! Blessed to have met him!!!

 

Tammy Kingos posted on 12/18/15

God bless Mr Turner. He was a wonderful man. Prayers to his family.

 

Linda Anderson Way posted on 12/18/15

Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow. Jim will be missed. Russell K. Anderson family

 

Kathy Mechler posted on 12/17/15

Dear Marilyn and Family - There are no words to help ease the pain your all in today. Keep your wonderful memories close until you meet again. You have our deepest love and sympathy during this time. Kathy, Jim & Daisy

 

the Daniels Family posted on 12/17/15

may god hold you in his arms during this difficult time.

 

Tom, Tina and Abby Miller posted on 12/17/15

Our sympathy to the Turner family

 

Steve Pierce posted on 12/18/15

Dear Turner Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. We will miss Jim. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Dennis E Peaslee posted on 12/18/15

Prayers for the family Jim will be missed.

 

Tom Wright posted on 12/18/15

We are so sad to hear of Jim's passing. Betty loved him dearly and spoke passionately about the fun they had as cousins growing up across the road with farm life and family in hand. He was a man with powerful laugh and sincere thought. Always so kind to my family and especially our city slicker kids that loved to visit and hear child hood tails while on a piney cart ride with him and Betty. Thank you for such a wonderful legacy. We love you and will miss you. Tom, Paula, Jeff and Natalie Wright

 

Sherry and Ken posted on 12/18/15

Dear Turner family, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you, Never forget Gods promises to hold us all forevermore. Jim left a legacy of kindness, love, respect and giving to everyone else before himself.

 

Sherry and Ken Hicks posted on 12/18/15

Dear Turner Family, There are no words to describe the sadness in our hearts for all of you, Jim will always be remembered for his Love of family, friends and community. None of the community events will ever be the same, fair, ice cream social, 4-H and ponies. The list is endless, his legacy will live forever.

 

Linda Anderson Way posted on 12/18/15

.With much love and sympathy for your great loss. The Russell K. Anderson family

 

Linda Anderson Way posted on 12/18/15

.With much love and sympathy for your great loss. The Russell K. Anderson family

 

Gary Ohlinger posted on 2/9/16

I am sorry that I didn't learn of Jim's passing until now . I always enjoyed talking with Jim he always had that energy and enthusiasm that surpassed all others. He always seemed to know everything that was going on and be in on it . Enjoyed watching him show the ponies at the boone county fair I will miss him Gary Ohlinger Rochelle il.

 

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