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Dale Roy Turner

November 18, 1946 December 29, 2019
Dale Roy Turner
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Mr. Dale Roy Turner, son of the late Roy Gilliam Turner and the late Jane Elizabeth Cox Turner was born November 18, 1946 in Berea, Kentucky. The family moved throughout Kentucky and Illinois, where he graduated from Princeton High School in 1964. He went on to study engineering at the University of Arkansas, before transferring to University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana. Eventually he "messed up and took too many courses and they thrust a diploma on him." He also received his law degree in the same manner. Dale worked in state legislature and private practice, in Springfield, IL, for many years. He then worked in bank regulation law for the state, first in Springfield and then Chicago, IL.

Dale joined the choir at First Presbyterian Church as he understood from a colleague that there were two single young ladies on staff. This is where he met his longtime love, Melody Lynn Jackson. They were married on June 1, 1974 and produced two beautiful daughters, Alison Elizabeth on September 6, 1976 and Justine Catherine on June 10, 1979. He and Melody raised two characters, ahem, ladies with character, believing strongly in human rights, the ACLU, voting, and helping when, where, and how able. Dale stayed active by running, racquet sports, and bicycling, as well as keeping up his woodpile, to ensure he himself was fit to help with anything from friends' legal troubles to a quick bike or woodwork repair.

Dale, was an active member at First Presbyterian Church as long as the family lived in Springfield serving on the boards of both deacons and trustees. Upon moving to Oak Park, IL in 1989, he became an active member of Grace Episcopal serving at one point on the vestry. He sang in the choir in both churches and later, when the children were grown, at Church of Our Saviour in Chicago where Melody was organist/choirmaster.

Dale always loved music and reading, both things that brought he and Melody together and which they passed on to their daughters. From country and western, to folk, church, and shape note singing, he was known to "read only enough music to hurt his playing and singing", but easily slipped into song almost anywhere, accompanying himself on piano or guitar if instruments were available. He sang in CRC (Community Renewal Chorus) in Chicago, under Mrs. Harriet Ziegenhals, and with the Heritage Chorale in Oak Park. Most mornings the house was awakened with song and many occasions could be summed up with brief, sung, lyrics.

His life and the laughter he shared will forever be cherished in the lives of those that remain: Melody nee Jackson; daughters Alison (Mark) Duray and Justine C. Turner (Mike) Smith; grandchildren Theodore 'T.J.' Duray and Alden Smith; siblings Linda (Kamal) Fatehi and R. Sam (Rebecca) Turner; a host of devoted nieces, cousins and friends.

Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 10 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Memorial Service 1 p.m. Saturday, January 11 at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., Oak Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Brain Foundation, ACLU, or Arts organization of your choice are appreciated.

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4:00 PM 1/10/2020 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/10/2020 8:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Memorial Service




1:00 PM 1/11/2020 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1/11/2020 2:00:00 PM
Grace Episcopal Church

924 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

Grace Episcopal Church
924 Lake St. Oak Park 60301 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)

125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

American Brain Foundation

201 Chicago Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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