Tom Turner

[12 MAR 1933 - M1 - 20544 -7 FEB 2011]

Tom Turner Eulogies

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[Tom Turner Funeral - FEB 2011]



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Back row: Sally Turner Williams (1st cousin) - Jim Turner (brother) and his wife Janet - Kay Turner (son Bill's wife) and Bill's oldest son Sean - Karen & Harry Carroll (Bill's sister-in-law and husband). Front row: Greenwood High School class mate - David Turner (Tom's oldest son) - Robert Turner (Tom's younger son) - Roberts wife Cathy - Roberts older son Rob - Roberts younger son Ryan [Tom Turner Funeral - FEB 2011]



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Back row: Sally Turner Williams (1st cousin) - Jim Turner (brother) and his wife Janet - Kay Turner (son Bill's wife) and Bill's oldest son Sean - Karen & Harry Carroll (Bill's sister-in-law and husband). Front row: Greenwood High School class mate - David Turner (Tom's oldest son) - Robert Turner (Tom's younger son) - Roberts wife Cathy - Roberts older son Rob - Roberts younger son Ryan [Tom Turner Funeral - FEB 2011]



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[Tom Turner Funeral - FEB 2011]



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[Tom Turner Funeral - FEB 2011]



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[Tom Turner Funeral - FEB 2011]



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[Tom Turner Funeral - FEB 2011]



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[Tom Turner Funeral - FEB 2011]



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[Tom Turner Funeral - FEB 2011]



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David and Robert Turner (sons)
[Tom Turner Reception - FEB 2011]



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David Turner - Cathy and Robert Turner
[Tom Turner Reception - FEB 2011]



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[Tom Turner Reception - FEB 2011]



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[Tom Turner Reception - FEB 2011]



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Tom Turner with Jax and Lacey
[DEC 2008]



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Tom Turner
[JAN 2007]



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Fikaris - Tom Turner - Lucas
[c2006]



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Newton - Russell - Tom Turner
[c2006]



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? - Tom Turner - Stevenson -
West - ? [MAY 2006]



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Spaulding - Fikaris - Stevenson - Turner -
Auger - Lucas - West [MAY 2006]



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Tom Turner and Al Spaulding
[MAY 2006]



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Tom Auger - Tommy West - Tom Turner
[MAY 2006]



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Turner - Woerner - Gennie - McIlroy
[MAY 2006]



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Tippi Trophy: Auger - West - Turner -
Welter - West [JAN 2006]



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Spaulding - Wray - Turner
[MAY 2005]



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Tom Turner
[FEB 2005]



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Tom Turner's granddaughter with the
TIPPI Trophy [NOV 2004]



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Haas - Turner - Bob Brown - Auger
[Missouri Runt Reunion - OCT 2001]



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Turner - Haas - Auger - Laura Haas - Denman
[Missouri Runt Reunion - OCT 2001]



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Turner - Denman - Soper - Stevenson - Haas - Bob Brown - Jellison -
Auger - Wargowsky [Missouri Runt Reunion - OCT 2001]



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Loo Crandall and Tom Turner
[2000]



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Wray's and Tom Turner
[c2000]



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[10th Reunion - 1965]

Standing [L to R]: Weaver - Lewis - Turner - Chikalla - Gallup - O'Brien - Freed - Hadly - Wix - ? - Streett - ? - Reb Young - Quinn - Lenio - ? - Perkins - Thorsen - ? - Nieves - Sherman - Burroughs - Giza - Traut - Sloan - Gay - Paul Parks - Andrews - Ginter - Bates - McNair - ? - Lichtenberg - Nidever - Secord - Feagin - Cathey - Herren - ? - ? - Ludwig - ? - ? - ? - Ralls - ? - Shimunek - Macdonald - ? - ? - ? - ? - ? - Bob Strickland - Front [L to R]: Soper - Newton - Dax - Chance - Schmidt - Shideler - Bergen - Matteson - Hargrove - Hornbarger - Steakley - Stevens - Drummond - Rudzki - Knierem - Wargowsky - ? - Stern - ? - ? - Livesay - Dickson - Michalove - Hagan - Landers - ? - Blitch - ? - Cardillo - Ordway - Trobaugh - Crancer - Maus - LaFrenz - Sydenham - Strom - ? - Howie Stone - Schepps - Raymond - Spellman - Sanderson ? - Wray - Fikaris - Stevenson - Sims - ?

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Row 1-6: Tony Hansell - Row 1-7: Bob Blitch - Row 2- 7:
Tom Turner [Palm Beach AFB - OCT 1956]



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M-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Robertson - Moses - Bill Edwards - McKinney (CO) - Wargowsky - McGrevey - Denman - 2nd Row: Secord - Vitori - Haas - Tom Turner - Bob Brown - 3rd Row: Pruitt - Crandall - McJoynt - Dado - 4th Row: Hornbarger - Ikeda - Ludwig - Paul Martin - Soper



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Tom Turner looking on
[Camp Buckner - 1952]



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Sloan - underclass players - Turner -
Russell [c1954]



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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Thomas A. Turner Cullum No: 20544 Class of: 1955 Born: PA Appointment: MO Branch: AF Date of Death: February 7, 2011 (View Memorial Article) History: 20544 Thomas Allan Turner B-PA: A-MO: AF: DoverAFB 67-68: 57WxRcnSq 68-70: 58MASq 70-71: 21AFCP 71: CharlestonAFB 73: Ret 85 LTC: D - North Charleston, SC 7Feb11 a-77: Ob-2018 TAPs

Register Glossary


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Thomas Allen Turner

Thomas Allen Turner was born on 12 March 1933 in Pennsylvania. He was appointed to West Point from the 6th Congressional District of Missouri and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company M 1 and on the boxing team for two years and the golf and soccer teams for four years. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the US Air Force.


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How I got my appointment to West Point

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a doctor. As I grew up I realized the old pocetbook wouldn't fit the cost of the schooling, so I looked for something my family could afford.

I had joined the Navy Resereve when I was 17--talked into it by an older cousin. Hoped to finda way for mor schooling. And hurray, here came our Congressman--he talked about Canoe U and that other place, West Point. The only opening he had for either was an alternate slot for Woo Poo.

After some parental discussions I called the Conress Critter and got the slot for Hudson High. Just in time, too. They were giving the eams and physical for our area at Ft Leavenworth the next weekThis Ozark Hillvilly packed his stuff and away he went. Sure was strange for me in the barracks with all the big guys. I was a midget of 5'7' and 118lbs.

There wasn't much for a teenager to do so some time was spent in the gym playing basketball with the giants. One of those tuned into a lifelong friend---Gerry Brown.. We had many laughs over that time in the ensuing years.

I was still an alternate and didn't get the news of acceptance till mid May. The word spread pretty fast. I had taken my future wife out to the country club for dinner. The club champ came over and I almost knocked my plate off the table getting up to receive his 'congrats'.Marianne later asked if I had any othe secrets. As this was only about our third date, I was afraid I'd put my foot in imy mouth.

In mid-June we jammed the car-two parents and three boys and drove east from the Ozarks. We'd have a stopover rin Bethesda, Md with my Gramdparents.

Time was up. They delivered me to thelittle tunnel under the academic building to Cental Area thru which I carried my suitcase and golf bag. HURRAY!!! Then I got those friendly words--'DROP THAT BAG< DUMBSMACK!!!"

Tree years, 11 months later I left West Point with my new wife, Marianne. Fond memories.

TTT
29 July 2010


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Marianne (Skidmore) Turner



Name Marianne Turner
Maiden Name Skidmore
Buried: Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA
Birth Date 08 May 1934
Death Date 18 Jan 1983
Affiliate Record Identifier 102743468


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It is my sad duty to inform you that Tom Turner died yesterday at approximately 8:00 pm at home in North Charleston, SC. Services are being planned by his two sons and will be announced when details are available.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM Thursday, February 10, 2011, in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., NORTHWOODS CHAPEL, 2180 Greenridge Road. Tom will be buried with full military honors in Springfield MO along side his wife who died of cancer in 1983 at the age of 48.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406.

Volunteers to serve as LCA for Tom please advise Bulldog Drummond or me.

Be Thou at Peace...

~jackC
Jack Campbell
8 FEB 2011


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Thomas Allen Turner

Thomas Allen Turner N. CHARLESTON - Major Thomas Allen Turner, USAF, Ret., 77, of North Charleston, SC, widower of Marianne Skidmore Turner, died Monday, February 7, 2011, at home. Born March 12, 1933, in York, PA, he was the son of Theodore Richard Turner and Claire Louise Thomas Turner. A 1955 graduate of West Point, Tom's military career as a pilot in the US Air Force included service in the Vietnam War. He later earned a Master's Degree in Education; Tom was a frequent contributor to 'Letters to the Editor' in the Post & Courier newspaper. He loved his dogs and was an avid golfer. He was an Episcopalian by faith.

Major Turner is survived by his sons, David Turner of North Charleston, SC, and Robert Turner and his wife Cathy of Mt. Pleasant, SC; four grandchildren, Robert Arthur Turner, Jr., Ryan Reed Turner, Marianne Grace Proffitt and Rose Elizabeth Turner; two great-grandchildren, Richard Proffitt and Alyssa Proffitt; brothers, Jim Turner of Memphis, TN and Bill Turner of Springfield, MO.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 10, 2011, in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., NORTHWOODS CHAPEL, 2180 Greenridge Road. The burial of his urn will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 12, 2011, with full military honors in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, in Springfield, MO. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/ deaths

Published in Charleston Post & Courier
February 9, 2011


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Thomas Allen Turner 1966

Cullum No. 20544-1955 - February 7, 2011
Died in North Charleston, SC
Cremated. Inurned in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield, MO


Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Thomas A. 'Tom' Turner was born in York, PA but grew up in Springfield, MO. Tom's father introduced him to golf, which became for Tom a lifetime leisure activity, in which he excelled. Tom's youthful ambition was to be a doctor, but as he matured he realized that family finances were not sufficient to permit pursuing that goal. Searching around for an alternate career path, Tom joined the Naval Reserve at 17. Liking what he saw, Tom decided to explore the possibility of attending one of the military academies. The only appointment available from his congressman was an alternate to West Point. Tom accepted the alternate appointment, traveled to Fort Leavenworth, KS to take the mental and physical exams, and then returned home to sit and wait the results. In mid-May he was advised of his acceptance. By way of celebration, Tom took the young lady he had his eye on, Marianne Skidmore, to the country club for dinner. That celebration with Marianne lasted for the next 32 years.

The Turner family (Tom's parents, Tom, and Tom's two younger brothers) left Springfield in mid-June for a family vacation that concluded with Tom being dropped off just outside Central Area. He was thoroughly excited to be there until the 'Drop that bag, Dumbsmack' greeting brought him forcefully back to reality. After Beast Barracks, Tom was assigned to Company M-l in South Area. His four years were filled with activities. He lettered in boxing and golf, was the manager of the Soccer Team, and was an active member of the Camera and Ski clubs. Throughout the four years, Tom and Marianne corresponded regularly and dated exclusively when leaves allowed Tom to return to Springfield. Marianne traveled to West Point for Tom's June 7, 1955 graduation, and they were married that afternoon in the Cadet Chapel.

Tom branched Air Force. The Air Force had been designated a separate service in 1947. Prior to that date it was the Army Air Force. The Air Force Academy was not founded until April of 1954, and West Point was still providing officers for the Air Force. Following graduation leave, Tom and Marianne reported to Malden AFB, MO, where Tom received his primary pilot training. From there it was to Reese AFB, TX, where he earned his Pilot Wings in 1956. During that assignment, Tom and Marianne's first son, David, was bom. Tom's first flying assignment was in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in Lincoln, NE, where he served as a pilot for eight years supporting SAC's nuclear retaliation mission. During that tour, their second son, Robert, was born. Subsequent assignments included Charleston AFB, SC; Saigon, Vietnam; Dover AFB, DE; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Warner Robbins AFB, GA; and McQuire AFB, NJ. At McQuire, Tom primarily flew cargo aircraft in the Military Airlift Command supporting worldwide U.S. forces. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from Charleston AFB, SC in 1985.

During his Vietnam tour, in addition to his duties as air operations officer at Tan Son Nhut, Tom was active in a humanitarian venture. He headed his unit's sponsorship of the Sanctuary de Phu My, an organization for needy Vietnamese that provided food, clothing, medical supplies, and other necessities. Tom's spirit of serving the needy was also present Stateside. Tom and Marianne sponsored a Finnish exchange student, and later in life Tom hosted a Bosnian political refugee.

In 1983, two years prior to retirement, Tom lost his beloved Marianne to cancer. She was buried in Greenwood Memorial Gardens in their hometown of Springfield, MO. Tom was never quite the same after losing Marianne. In retirement, he worked for the Charleston Police Department for three years. At one point, he made contact with a former high school classmate. They married, and moved to Houston, TX, where Tom earned his master's degree and taught history. The marriage was short lived, and Tom returned to Charleston. He played golf two or three days a week, was a frequent contributor to the editorial pages of the Charleston newspaper, helped with Charleston County disaster preparedness group, and was active on line discussing topics of current interest. His constant companions and the focus of his life, however, were his four dogs: Tippy, Lacey, Freddie, and Jaxx. He talked often of the Rainbow Bridge and the reunion of humans and their pets. When they died, Tom had them cremated. He told a classmate that when he died he wanted to be cremated and to have his ashes mixed with theirs. Whether that happened or not is not known.

Tom died at his home in Charleston on Monday, February 7, 2011. He was cremated and his urn was transported to Springfield, MO. On February 12, with full military honors, Tom's ashes were inurned next to his beloved Marianne. Together they have surely crossed the Rainbow Bridge into a joyous life.

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