1938 – 2012
Julius “Jess” Turner, 74 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Pius X Catholic Church by the Reverend Phil Thompson. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home where a rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. Friends may also call at the Church after 9 a.m. on Friday. Entombment at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, his seven children, Randy (Cindy) Turner, Kris (Ron) Anderson-Deyo, Jean (Todd) Matthews, Tammy (Dave) Pollock, Jeff Turner (Lisa Young), Tim Turner and Tara (Brett) Simonsen; grandchildren, Andrew, Mark, Steve, Brittany, Amber, Joshua, Chasity, Charlene, Dalton and Dakota; great grandchildren, Jameson, Evander, Bode, Jordyn and Charlee; brothers, LaVern Turner, Sylvester Turner, Edward Turner and sisters, Delores Wiehn and Darlene Roberts.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Turner, sisters Betty Jo Turner, Helen Espenhover and Marie Espenhover; brothers, Joe Turner, Johnnie Turner and Leonard Turner and grandchildren Brandon and Brent Deyo.
Julius Turner was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. He lived his life with simplicity and faith in God. He retired as an earth mover of heavy equipment and was penned as, “An artist with dirt.” He worked on many area projects including Carver Hawkeye Arena and I-380. Growing up on a farm he was comfortable outdoors in his garden and flower beds with a family pet nearby. He was a self-taught man and succeeded in creating and fixing anything from carpentry and mechanics of any kind, a “Julius” of all trades. He set his values and lived by them.
He enjoyed his large family and grandchildren and was a good husband, Dad, grandpa and a memorable friend to many. We are going to miss him, greatly.
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