Colonel (Ret) Turner Nolan

February 5, 1933February 23, 2019
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Colonel Turner Nolan passed away peacefully February 23, 2019 at 4:55 am, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Harlan County Kentucky to Garfield Nolan and Dona E Turner Nolan. His Father was a deep mine coal miner. After WWII ended and the demand for coal fell, the family moved to Salem, Indiana. There, Turner graduated from Salem High School in May 1950. A veteran of 36 plus years of military service, He was inducted into the Indiana Veterans Hall of Fame, November 9th, 2018. He is a member of Bloomington Free Methodist Church, Murat Shrine, and past president of Stonebelt Shrine Club. He was a member of Post 18 American Legion and American Legionaire of the Year 2018.

He is survived by his Wife of 64 years, Edwynna Rosenbaum Nolan, children Terri Cheesman of Boonville, IN, Carla Nolan of Fishers, IN, and Jeana (Roger) Kerr, of Bloomington. 10 Grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren: Nichole (David) Blackwell: (Marina, Addisyn, Maddix). Nicholas (Florencia) Cheesman, Jr: (Sophia, Lucila, Catalina). Natalie (Ben) Wolfe: (Colin, Carter, Cora), Anna Eads: (Arianna, Drew, Alexie), Erica Fleming: (Tech & Ellie), Shelby (Charlie) Duffy, Jacob Parrott (Melissa Harrison), Jill (Rob) Barber (Robbie), Jordan Parrott, Garrett Kerr. Sisters: Louise Tolliver and Jean Howard of Seymour, IN, Brother-in-laws: Philip Rosenbaum of Plant City FL, Gary (Rose) Rosenbaum of Milton, Florida and Trent (Monica) Rosenbaum of Milton Keynes, UK.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters and brother-in laws: Marie (Wiley) Cooper, Cora L. (Walter) Tolliver, Alice (Duane) Miracle, Flora M. (Dennis) Huckleberry, Delores Nolan, Emmanuel Tolliver, Orville Howard and son-in-law Nicholas D. Cheesman Sr.

Viewing will be at Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN on Thursday, February, 28, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM with Masonic Service at 7:00 PM and Friday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 2, 2019 with viewing from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Bloomington Free Methodist Church, 1121 S. Lincoln Street, Bloomington, IN, with Rev. Les Rovenstine officiating.

Interment will be in Clear Creek Cemetery, 520 W Church Lane, Bloomington, IN. Military rites will be provided by The Military Department of Indiana Ceremonial Unit.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Masonic Memorial Service Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 2, 2019

Colonel (Ret) Turner Nolan

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Michael Allen

March 2, 2019

Terri, Carla, and Family,
My sincere condolences for your loss. I only met your father recently at the basketball games. He was a real gentleman. I had no idea what a true patriot and all that he’d been through. That he gave so much back to the veterans that also made significant sacrifices for our country. I am truly honored to have met him, and I know you all are very proud of his accomplishments and the legacy he leaves behind.
Michael Allen

Pat Ayers

March 1, 2019

The family of James M. Hardy sends our sincere condolences to your family . I am sure they are remembering old times in the National Guard.

Maureen Davidoff

February 28, 2019

Mr. Nolan was a kind, honorable, patriotic and generous man. His praise was hard won and he could always tell a good story! I will always have a spot in my heart for my comrade from Salem —-he lived a great life and his legacy lives on in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Colonel (Ret) John Tilford

February 27, 2019

Turner Nolan was one of the best human beings I have ever met. He had already retired when I met him, but everywhere I spoke with veterans in the Bloomington area - not just National Guard but all veterans - I heard his name mentioned with the highest respect. Many would describe Turner's efforts to help them and others during and after their military service. Evidently, he was the "go to" guy for all his former soldiers.

Turner not only helped with our Hoosier Honor Flights during planning and fund raising, he volunteered to be one of our three "Bus Commanders" for our second HHF flight to DC. His bus was filled with WWII veterans. One vet - the only one we ever had to do so - caused a little bit of trouble. Turner politely but firmly handled the situation. His WWII vets saw their National WWII Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery with no further distractions!

Turner and I would talk when driving to the Indianapolis VA regional office to represent veterans during their appeals. His memory was amazing. Turner chaired the screening committee for Monroe County Veterans Service Officer candidates when I was selected in 2000 and again after I resigned due to my third Army Reserve "call up" after 9/11.

Turner was a pillar of strength for the Bloomington Free Methodist Church and steadfast in his commitment to serving Christ.

Looking for an example of a life well lived? Turner Nolan.

Ron Sharer

February 27, 2019

Not only did Turner provide service to his country, he also gave generously to his community. Turner served 25+ years as a tax counselor with the AARP Foundation's Tax Counseling Service for the Elderly. All of us who worked with him, will remember his wit, friendly personality and dedication to this cause.

Ron Sharer
Indiana State Coordinator
AARP Foundation TCE Program

Kathy Minton

February 26, 2019

Wow. What can one say about COL Nolan. He was my first boss when hired in full time National Guard. He was my mentor and a truly good friend. I owe him so much for his mentoring. He taught me well and those skills stayed with me throughout my government career, both military and civil service.

Col Nolan, thank you for your leadership and guidance. From the bottom of my heart, I will always remember you. I still have the prayer you gave me.

“Good morning, God.
You are ushering into another day,
Untouched and freshly new.
So here I come to ask you, God,,
If you’ll renew me too.
Forgive the many errors
That I made yesterday.
And help me find again, Dear God,
To walk closer in thy way.
But Father, I am well aware
I can’t make it on my own.
So take my hand and hold it tight,
For I can’t walk alone. Amen!”

That prayer has stayed with me everyday since 1984. I will always cherish this prayer. I love you and Godspeed.

Kathy Minton

Linda Gresham

February 26, 2019

Terri, I'm so sorry to hear your father has passed. I remember stopping by the Armory occasionally with you and your mom when she needed to go in for a minute! I'll be thinking of you and your family during this time.

Harvey and Teresa Turner

February 25, 2019

With a heavy heart we wish to express our sorrow and deepest condolences to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of loss.

Speaking for and on the behalf of the Turner Heirs, we wish to thank his family for the countless years he willingly volunteered, solving many issues our family faced. We will certainly miss him.

With respect and admiration for one of the finest men I’ve known, rest in peace my cousin.

Benjamin Disraeli, English politician and author
"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example."

James Hartgraves ( MSG Retired)

February 25, 2019

From Jim & Judy Hartgraves I Jim Serviced under the best officer that I ever had. We had a lot of dinners together with the Over The Hill Red Legs at the American Legion. Turner you will be dearly missed. Your family is in our prayers.

CW5 (Ret) Frank Vaughn

February 25, 2019

It has been a great honor, and my pleasure, to have known Col Nolan for 41 years. He was one of the first people I met when I joined the Guard in February of 1976 at the old South Side Armory in Indy. He always teased me about being the biggest mistake he ever made and how he should have sent me home that day. He encouraged me to work hard and reach my full potential. Always enjoyed going to Red Leg Reunions and catching up with him. Great man and good friend and he will be missed!