Victor Lynn Turner

May 6, 1951 ~ February 24, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Victor Turner Obituary

Victor Lynn Turner, 71, of Carterville, passed away Friday, February 24, 2023, at Advent Heart of Florida Medical Center in Davenport, Florida, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Herrin, with Pastor Michael Henson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 9, 2023, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Poshard Foundation or to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Victor was born May 6, 1951, in Murphysboro, to William Bradford and Olive Marie (Delaney) Turner. He married Marsha Kay Guetersloh on February 15, 1975, in Murphysboro. Together they shared 48 wonderful years.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha Kay Turner; daughters, Lynnette (Lee) Dunaway and Katrina Pritchett; grandchildren, Victoria Turner, Allie Pritchett, Dylan Dunaway, Olivia Dunaway, and Kali Turner; great-grandson, Carter Turner; niece, Christy Kilcoin; great-niece, Molly Grimes; great great-niece and nephews, Maddie, Tony, and Nicholas Grimes; cousins, Nicki Holloman and Jeanette Dickinson; plus, many dear friends.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, James (Janet) Turner; and son, Bradford James Turner.

He graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with a degree in Political Science. While at SIUC, Victor competed in fencing and chess. Victor, along with Jim Berezow started SIUC’s Chess Club. In college and after, he competed in many chess tournaments and was a ranked chess player.

Victor began working as a Congressional Aide to Glenn Poshard, following him through his gubernatorial candidacy. He then worked as a Congressional Aide to David Phelps. He later worked for the Housing Authority for the State of Illinois in Marion.

He was an enthusiastic bird watcher, who also enjoyed fishing, reading, traveling the world, cheering on the SIU Salukis football and basketball teams, and playing video games with his grandkids. Victor loved to be outdoors, especially in a boat out on the water.

Victor was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Herrin for over 35 years where he served as an Elder. He was also a member of the Carterville Lions club where he volunteered his time to their projects for the community. 

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March 9, 2023

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home
322 North Division
Carterville, IL 62918

Funeral Service
March 10, 2023

10:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
1000 N. Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948


The Poshard Foundation
700 Logan College Drive, Carterville IL 62918

Trinity Lutheran Church
1000 N. Park Avenue, Herrin IL 62948


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