Russell William Turner
December 26, 1926 – September 2, 2019
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Russell William Turner on September 2, 2019. He passed away comfortably at his home surrounded by many family members.
Russell was born on December 26, 1926 in Oswego, Kansas to Marshall H Turner and Florence M Abbott. He grew up most of his young life in Chicago, Illinois. It was in Chicago where he took up a big interest in boxing. After graduating high school at the age of 17, Russell enlisted in the United States Navy, where he proudly served as a Radioman Third Class during WW II. During his service, he continued to pursue his boxing interest and won the Golden Gloves as a welterweight. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
After his service, Russell boxed professionally for almost 5 years. He had a winning record during his career, however he wanted to pursue a career in business.
Russell always expressed a desire to move to a warmer climate, but also knew he needed a higher education if he were to pursue a career in business. He moved to Houston, Texas, attended and graduated college while working at a finance company. It was there where he met and married the love of his life, Chrystine Adams. Soon after they married, they both decided to start a family. Russell and Chrystine had three boys, Timothy, Ross, and Darrell.
Russell always wanted to provide his family the life he had hoped for as a child. Russell worked tirelessly, focusing on hopefully starting his own business so Chrystine could stay home to raise the boys. Russell’s hard work paid off and he started his own business in 1968. Russell had a very successful business career and was fortunate enough to retire at an early age to spend more time with his family and travel with Chrystine. Russell was so devoted to Chrystine over the past 65 years, until his passing.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall Turner and Florence Abbott and his only sibling, his sister Barbara Swearingin. Russell is survived by his loving wife Chrystine, son Timothy and wife Tracy, son Ross and Edie, son Darrell and wife Karen as well as 12 grandchildren, Jenni and husband Scott, Christi and husband Justin, Geoff, Kirby, Aubrey, Brandon, Lauren, Colbi and husband Bryan, Cory, Conner, Cooper, Carlianne, and 7 great grandchildren, Clara, Caroline, Catharine, Braden, Ryne, Barrett and Hunter.
A visitation with family & friends for Russell will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079, with funeral service to follow at 5:30 PM.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialoaksfunerals.com for the Turner family.
Thank you for the wonderful memories and a great life, Russell-Dad-Pepaw. Until we meet again!
- Visitation with Family & Friends Saturday, September 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019
Russell William Turner
September 9, 2019
Jim & Alice Lester