Turner

Thomas William “Bear” Turner, 61, of Reddick, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday June 16, 2021, at McNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois, while at his work. He was an organ donor.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 21, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Campus, Illinois. A funeral mass will be held at 12:00 p.m. with Father Chris Haake officiating. A lunch will be held at the church hall after mass. Burial will be held at a later date at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Campus, Illinois. Memorial contributions in Tom’s name may be made to the family. Hager Memorial Home in Dwight, Illinois, is handling the arrangements.

Thomas was born in Pontiac, Illinois, on January 29, 1960, during a snow storm, to Dennis "Mac" and Mary "Lucy” (Masching) Turner. He married Donna (Shoultz) Turner on March 19, 1988, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Campus. He is survived by his wife, Donna, his daughter, Nora Kathleen Turner, and his son, Cole Macbern Turner, all of Reddick.

His eight brothers also survive, Patrick "Peach" Turner of Campus, Timothy "Frig" (Glenda) Turner of Campus, Daniel "Doc" (Anna) Turner of Campus, Joe (Roxanne) Turner of Bourbonnais, Jerry "Spooso" (Tina) Turner of Odell, Donald "Rookie" (Deb) Turner of Kankakee, Neil "Bud" (Colleen) Turner of Campus, Ted (Amy) Turner of Campus and three sisters, Kathryn “Katie” Turner; her husband, Todd Folkestad of Odell, Molly Turner; her husband, John Rieke of Dwight and Megan Turner; her husband, Jerard Kovach of Chicago and brother-in-law, Mike (Mary) Heron of Hampstead, Maryland. Sister-in-laws, Paula (Shoultz) and Dennis Schwark; JoAnn (Shoultz) and Mark Schwark all of Herscher. He had 27 nieces, nephews and 21 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant child, his parents, his sister, Lynn “Gravel” Heron, his father-in-law, Bernard, and mother-in-law, Helen (Carlson) Shoultz and brother-in-law, Kenneth Shoultz.

He was a life-long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Campus and served as a church trustee. He worked for Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipeline for 25 years and the Kinder Morgan Tank Farm for 4 years, outside of Herscher, Illinois. He was currently working for MKD Electric in Elgin, Illinois.

He was an avid sports fan. He was a proud Reddick High School Bulldog football player, the team going undefeated and making the State Playoffs his senior year. He went on to play football at Illinois Valley Community College with the team winning the Regional Championship his Sophomore year and then being inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. He truly loved coaching his kids’ t-ball, baseball, softball, basketball and football games. If he could help with anything or help anybody, he was there.

He was a beloved husband and best friend to Donna, devoted and loving father to Nora and Cole, much loved brother, son and friend.

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