St. Marys—Thomas E. “Tom” Turner, 72, passed away Monday, February 8, 2021, at the Onaga Community Hospital.
On June 11, 1948, he was born in Topeka to Millburn Ernest and Ruby E. (Rosedahl) Turner. Tom grew up in the Oakland community and graduated from Topeka High. He attended Kansas State College of Pittsburg and Kaw Area VoTech in Topeka
Tom worked as a machinist for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Topeka for 37 years before he retired. He was an avid Kansas State fan and enjoyed fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
On May 7, 1991, Tom and JuDee Teske Freel were united in marriage in Las Vegas. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a sister-in-law, Charla Diederich, a nephew, Donny (Whitney) Freel, and their children, Bryson and Nolan; nieces, Deana (Robert) Core and Lynn (Zach) Harver and their children Noah and Liam; close friends, Beverly Rogers and Denise Paulsen.
Graveside services and interment will be in Valley View Cemetery, St. Marys at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 20, 2021. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society and sent to Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. Social Distancing and Masks are required.
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