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William "Bill" E. Turner

William “Bill” E. Turner, age 84, of Goreville, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. in Herrin Hospital.

Bill was born on January 12, 1936 in Springfield, Illinois, a son to William J. and Anna (Potterbush) Turner.  He worked as Director of Operations for Wendy’s Restaurant in Carbondale and then later worked for the State of Illinois Department of Treasury, retiring after twenty years. Bill was of the Christian faith and was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Farmersville, Illinois.  He enjoyed fishing, bowling and especially spending time with his family. 

He was united in marriage to Lynn Irwin in October of 1964 and she survives him in Goreville.

Other survivors include his five children, Shawn (Chuck) Conwell of Overland Park, Kansas, Brian D. (Deborah) Turner of Wayne City, Illinois, Teri Turner of Goreville, Nathan T. Turner of Carbondale and Sarah K. (Conor) Jensen of Oswego, Illinois; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; along with several friends and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings; Delores Beck and Richard Turner.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS, a private graveside service will be held at Busby Cemetery in Goreville with Reverend R.G. Null officiating.

Blue Funeral Home in Goreville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home, P.O. Box 411, Marion, Illinois 62959.

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Sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you through this time. Peace and Love.

John Beck and Helen Flowers Jun 7 2020 1:55 AM

A quiet, funny and sweet man. My prayers and condolences to the family.

Tammy Carpenter Jun 6 2020 10:45 PM

So sorry for your loss my friend. Your Dad is pain free now. Smiling down on you?

Angie Pressley Jun 6 2020 6:53 PM

So sorry to hear of Bill's death. I worked with him in State Treasurer's office. Loved talking with him.My condolences to his family.

Linda Kay Bramel Jun 6 2020 1:14 PM

So sorry to hear about Bill, I worked with him in the State Treasurers office.. Many fond memories and fun with him.. My sincere sympathy to the Turner family.

MaryAnn Newquist Jun 5 2020 1:34 PM

So sorry to hear of Bills death our prayers are with all his family. We have so many memories.love all of you.

Frances Cook Jun 5 2020 3:24 AM

Rest in piece Bill. You were such a good and loving man! Your family loves you very much! Nathan is so proud to have you as his father! Until we meet again....

Leah Partlow Jun 5 2020 2:40 AM

So sorry for your loss. Bill will certainly be missed. May the Lord bring you comfort & peace.

Joette Curtis Jun 5 2020 1:04 AM

You are in my thoughts and prayer ?

Vesta Wood Jun 4 2020 5:55 PM

Dear Turner family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. We worked together at the State Treasurer Office for many years. I have so many fond and fun memories of Bill. He will be missed. Suella Knox

Suella L Knox Jun 4 2020 3:21 PM

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