Thomas Ira Turner

October 3, 1944January 8, 2020

Thomas Ira Turner, age 75, passed away on January 8, 2020. He was born October 3, 1944 in Peoria, IL to the late Thomas W and Elmina M (Siverly) Turner. After growing up in Illinois he joined the Marines and ended up in California, where he meet his wife Norma. Upon his discharge in 1967 he settled in Southern CA, where he & Norma got married. They had one daughter and made their home there with him working in aircraft maintenance and modification management. In 1989 they moved to San Antonio TX before retiring in 2014 and moving to Norman to be near their grandson.

Over the years he enjoyed many hobbies including stained glass, wood working and gardening. He enjoyed taking trips to other states to visit family and friends, as well as taking “camping” trips their Terry trailer. In his later years he was a member of the Masonic Lodge, 32nd Scottish Rite and Shriner.

Tom is survived by his wife of 52 years, Norma J (Sallee) Turner of Norman, OK; daughter Laura, son-in-law Brian, and grandson Jacen Weeks of Norman, OK. He is also survived by his brother James A Turner of Prescott Valley, AZ.

Since retiring and moving to Norman with his wife to be near their family, he has spent his time volunteering at Norman Animal Welfare and Norman’s Citizens Police Academy. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him, both near and far.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Norman Animal Welfare (405-292-9736).


  • Brian Weeks, Active Pallbearer
  • Jim Turner, Active Pallbearer
  • Jim Sallee, Active Pallbearer
  • Larry Easley, Active Pallbearer
  • Trey Amrein, Active Pallbearer
  • Tony Bond, Active Pallbearer


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 13, 2020


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Mayumi Nakajima

January 14, 2020

About 30 years ago, I went to Santa Barbara for a homestay and had a very nice family. The Turner family! Tom is my American dad who has always been kind and humorous.
I haven't accepted this sudden farewell yet, but I'm sure Tom will be watching over everyone, saying jokes from heaven.
Here I express my condolences.

Love from Japan

Charles Adaszczyk

January 12, 2020

Brother Tom was a great guy that you could always depend on. He was an active member of Army Lodge #1105 when he lived in San Antonio, TX. He served the lodge as the treasurer for many years and he served his brothers by helping them with their insurance needs. He always was cheerful, friendly, and willing to do what ever was needed to help someone. I have so many memories of sharing time with Brother Tom at lodge and he played Santa Claus every year at our Christmas party. I have missed spending time with him since he moved to Oklahoma - and his brother Jim who also moved away from San Antonio. i surely miss him handling my insurance needs. He always looked out for me regarding that. Brother Tom, I know you are with all your brothers that have passed before you in the lodge build by the Great Architect of the Universe. Rest in peace brother. I know we will meet up again.

Brother Jim, So sorry for you loss. Hope to see you sometime soon.

Charles Adaszczyk
San Antonio, TX.
Army Lodge #1105 AF & AM

Shawnee Creger

January 12, 2020

Tom was one of a kind! I really enjoyed visiting with him and was always happy to see him at a Citizen’s Police Academy class or an event. He was always ready to help where he could.

I will miss my occasional email with funny jokes Tom would send and he would say “I hope this makes you smile today.” He will definitely be missed by me and many others.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Shawnee Creger

Marilyn Webb

January 12, 2020

I have volunteered at Norman Animal Welfare. Tom was the "official greeter". Always there with a smile, always available to help, answer a question, tell a story or visit with people. He was given a wonderful heart and I have no doubt he will be missed by many. I offer my condolences to his wife and family.

Rod Bunsen

January 11, 2020

In German, the nicest complement you can give another is that they were Ein Gute Mensch (a good human being). Tom was that and so much more. A good friend and brother with a wonderful smile and a great sense of humor.

—Rod Bunsen, San Antonio, TX, Lodge 1105

Jane Winegardner

January 11, 2020

Tom was always a joy to work with at the shelter. I will miss him very much. He will be irreplaceable.


January 11, 2020

Tom Turner was a Great Man ==I always enjoyed our visits at our Lodge Meetings. He was a Very Talented Treasurer and Personal Friend.He will be missed . Garland G Kreger PM. Army Lodge 1105
San Antono, Texas

Jamee Salley

January 11, 2020

Tom, was an amazing man, friend and animal lover. On Saturday the day before he went into the hospital I washed a tiny puppy and asked Tom (who is a cat person) to hold the puppy for a few minutes while it dried because it was shivering. Tom happily did it as usual. Tom would also on occasion (Saturday's) buy me lunch or a drink from Taco Bell. Today In honor of Tom I went to Taco Bell and got a Nacho Bell Grande. I havent been able to stop crying today. I will miss him very much!!!

Amy Jones

January 11, 2020

Several years ago Tom walked into Norman Animal Welfare and asked to volunteer. He stated that he “wanted to walk dogs and that he didn’t like cats at all.” It didn’t take him very long to figure out that most of the dogs at the shelter were going to be too much for him, with the jumping up and all that. He grudgingly started messing around with the cats and kittens at the shelter. Very quickly he was transformed into a cat person, which I teased him about off and on for years.
He was alway cheerful, smiling and always good for a laugh. He was quick to volunteer his time and his wisdom. The shelter will never be the same.

James Turner

January 11, 2020

Brother, My only Brother- Your conversations and humor will be sorely missed. I will always cherish our travels together through the great Western States- and I am so happy for those memories. Our time in Army Lodge... You are now "a living stone for that spiritual building, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." Our love for you will never pass from this earthly realm. Until we meet again my Brother.