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Colonial Funeral Home

625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX

OBITUARY

Joseph Eugene Turner Sr.

October 15, 1948June 27, 2020
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Joseph Eugene “Gene” Turner was born on October 15, 1948 in Tallahassee, Florida and passed away on June 27, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 71.

He joined the US Army after high school and served as a medic for 12 years. He got certified in Nuclear Medicine and continued serving in civil service.

He worked at Brooks Air Force Base at the Nuclear Medicine Department. He retired from Civil Service in 2011 when the base closed.

He was an only child. His parents Hollis and Mabel Turner also lived in San Antonio. Gene, as he was known by his friends, was his parent’s main caretaker. Hollis Turner, his dad, also served in the US Army and moved to San Antonio after retirement.

Gene had a passion for trains. His hobby was fixing, buying and selling trains. He got his first train at the age of 5 years old from his maternal grandfather.

He also loved his country and was a proud veteran. Gene loved helping his friends and anyone who needed help; strangers or not. He had a loving heart for his parents and all who knew him.

He was a Christian man and always prayed and gave thanks to God before every meal.

He remarried on Valentine’s Day 2019 to his longtime friend Alicia. They met at Brooks and were co-workers and friends for 20 years. He is survived by his wife Alicia Turner; his son Joseph E. Turner, Jr and wife Stephanie; his step-daughter Gricelda and his step-son Trinidad; step-grandchildren Stephanie, Luis, Yesenia, Santino, Serena and Mila.

Joseph “Gene” Turner, Sr. will be dearly missed by all. May God receive him in his loving arms. May he rest in peace. Please sign the guest book at www.colonialuniversal.com for the Turner family.

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Alma Hinojosa

July 12, 2020

I knew Gene when he worked at BAMC and then at Brooks AFB nuclear departments. He was very knowledgeable, kind and helpful. We have remained friends through Facebook. I am saddened to hear of his passing. May he Rest In Peace. My condolences and prayers for the family.

Donald Scott

July 5, 2020

Rest in peace my friend. I will always remember your last run on the Katy Southern in early June when you brought your new Big Boy and Gas Turbine over for a test run. It’s sad our our 40 years of friendship had to end so soon. It was a pleasure serving your mom and dad with caregivers and I know how busy she kept you serving her needs when you took over. All of your friends at SAMRA and the Katy Railroad Historical Society will miss you. My condolences to Alicia who only had a short time with Gene.

Maria Cruz

July 4, 2020

I remembered when I first met Gene at Brooks. He was so much fun and we talked about his work there and his love of the trains. He even got me and the family to go see the train display set up for Christmas. I will always remember his words and his wisdom of all his friends.

Nikki Rayburg

July 4, 2020

Rest well Gene. My late husband Patrick and I knew Gene from SAMRA. He knew I loved the Chessie line and made sure he brought me a scarf with the kitty on it when he went somewhere they had all things Chessie. He was always a happy person and I know he loved trains. I had not seen him for a long time and then there he was at TTM. He will be missed.

Ysela Contreras

July 3, 2020

Mr. Turner was a very knowledgeable man. I am so glad I learned so much from him. I will always remember he made the best rum cakes. Alicia, espero de corazón que estés bien. Gracias a este gran hombre la conocí a usted. La aprecio mucho y recuerde que tengo un lugar especial en mi corazón♥️

David Kennedy

July 3, 2020

Gene was my good friend from high school on. I will sincerely miss him

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