Jimmy Daniel Turner was born on April 13, 1949 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Billy Joe and Rosa Lena Turner. He passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016 at his home in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
J.D. to everyone that knew him, thrived to show loyalty and respect to all that deserved it. He proudly served his country as a radio operator in the U.S. Navy, with (3) tours in the Vietnam War 1969 - 1971. He was part of the Brown Water Navy, aiding the South Vietnamese Navy with building and equipping them and on how to stay suppilied and operational. Eliminating the infiltration of the North Vietnamese to the smaller waterways, canals, and river deltas of the country. He was honorably discharged in May of 1971.
J.D. attended the University of New Mexico where he received his degree in Respiratory Therapy. He helped to start the use of the diagnostics machines in respiratory analasyis at the San Juan Hospital in Utah, making his rounds as a respiratory nurse.
Enjoying life and the community, J.D. gave a little something back working as a police officer while living in Oklahoma. Also, he became Commander in Chief of several veteran organizations, V.F.W., American Legion, and D.A.V. These organizations are where he showed his compassion for his fellow man. J.D. became Trustee of Muskogee War Memorial Park - Home of the USS BATFISH where he started the Veterans Walk of Honor and in Pampa, Texas as well. He was the National Deputy Chief of Staff for the VFW and DAV. You would be able to find him on the TV with those late night commercials to come out and support your veterans with a fun game of bingo or making some of the best pancakes ever on Saturday. Showing love for his country, he went on to start the Veterans Affairs Patient Advocacy Program at the VA Hospital becoming the First Patient Advocate.
On April 7, 1977 in Lake City, Iowa, J.D. married AnonA Gail Quick. J.D. and AnonA met on December 21, 1975 in Pampa, Texas later to settle Muskogee, Oklahoma where they welcomed a son on January 16, 1984. He was a proud father, husband, brother, community figure, and finished out his life with respect and dignity.
He retired in 2003 from the public view while keeping his veterans safe by staying Commander of DAV until 2014. He brought them to state during the Military Appreciation FundRaiser at the Golden Corral the last few years.
He is survived by his wife AnonA Gail Turner, son Joe Deric Turner, daughter-in-law Leann Turner, brother Timothy Joey Turner, granddaughter Mary Ann Turner and many friends and extended family members.
Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Fosters' Ivory Chapel at Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.foster
Published on October 24, 2016