George Frederick Turner, age 88 of Galatia, passed away at 5:19 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.
George was born on Sept. 9, 1932, in Bolton to George H. and Oma N. (Motsinger) Turner. He graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1950. George was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean conflict.
He was a member of North America Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and song director. He was instrumental in reopening the church in 2002.
George was the owner and operator of Turner Excavating. He was a member of the Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association, president from 1982 to 1983, and he was named Illinois Contractor of the Year in 1975.
George was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, and a member of the Southern Illinois Bee Keepers Association. He enjoyed woodworking and judging 4H at the Saline County Fair. George was a Master Gardener who enjoyed speaking for local groups on gardening, and after retirement, he taught gardening classes in the county schools.
George is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Zada Lou (Martin) Turner; daughter, Oma Nell (Jerry) Farmer; sons, Samuel K. (Linda) Turner and Scott (Jean Ann) Turner; grandchildren, Sarah (Jason) Farmer, Amy (Jason) Self, Katie (Will) Peterson, Callie (Daniel) Gartenman, Cora Turner, Sam D. Turner, Caleb (Heather) Turner, Eli Turner, Tylor (Jalyn) Turner, Ben Turner, Beth Turner, Justin Reynolds, David House, Nicole Houser Hatton, and Nathan (Jessica) Houser; 21 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Bonnie Turner; and many nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Oma Turner; a daughter, Lynda Houser; son-in-law, Mike Houser; sister, Mary Lou Hughes; brother-in-law, William Hughes; and brother, William Bruce Turner.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date and burial will be private at Coal Bank Springs Cemetery in Marion.
Memorial contributions may be made to North American Baptist Church, 770 North American Road, Galatia, IL 62935. Arrangements are being handled by Boone Funeral Home East Chapel, A Family Tradition Funeral Home at 5330 Washington Ave., Evansville, Indiana.
Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net.