Paul Turner

Paul Turner

THOMASBORO – Paul H. Turner, 81, of Thomasboro was called to his heavenly home on Monday afternoon (Dec. 3, 2012) at Country Health Nursing Home, Gifford.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Gifford, with the Rev. Steve Lombardo officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Lux Memorial Chapel in Rantoul. There will be a brief time of remembrance and prayer immediately following the visitation. Burial will be in Beckman Cemetery, with military graveside rites accorded.

Paul was born March 13, 1931, in Martinsville, Va., the son of Henry and Dovie (Martin) Turner. He married Alma Uden on Dec. 6, 1952, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Gifford. She passed away on May 15, 1994. He was also preceded in death by his parents and three half brothers.

He is survived by Annette Uden, his sister-in-law and companion of many years; nephews, Pastor Leland (Linda) Uden of Chatham and Kevin (Karen) Uden of Mahomet; and nieces, Pam (Lyle) Way of Indianapolis, Ind., Connie (Pastor Bruce) Hanson of Garnavillo, Iowa, and Vicki (Pastor Tim) Kenyon of Peru, Ill. He is also survived by many other nieces and nephews.

Mr. Turner was a U.S. Air Force veteran, enlisting in 1947 and specializing in the area of meteorological air weather service. Tours of duty abroad included assignments in Saudi Arabia and Thailand as well as many assignments at Air Force bases across the United States. He retired as a senior master sergeant in December of 1970.

After retiring from the Air Force, Paul worked many years at Cap and Gown in Champaign as a floor manager, at H&R Block and finally at Rantoul IGA.

Paul was a longtime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He served as a deacon and church treasurer for many years and was also involved in the men's Bible study. Paul enjoyed spending time with his family, and his hobbies included country and gospel music shows, model trains and puzzles.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or the American Bible Society.

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