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Kelly William Turner
(02-27-1955 - 07-31-2019)

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 Longtime Elgin resident Kelly Turner passed away Wednesday, July 31. He was 64 years old. He was the third of six children born to Bill & Reba Turner of Elgin, entering the world on Feb. 27, 1955. Kelly shared his birthday was his daughter Rebecca, who was born in 1984.

Kelly was a giving and unique father to his two children. He was loved by all that were given an opportunity to know him. He had a passion for nature and animals, music and films. Friends knew him as kind-hearted, compassionate, honest and determined.

Kelly was best known as an accomplished carpenter and Mr. Fix It – Elgin’s version of a cross between MacGwyver and Obi-Wan Kenobi. He worked primarily with millwork and trim as a member of the Carpenter’s Union, but was versatile enough to take on any job and do it well. He was self-employed for a time as a young man. In the late 1970s, he nearly singlehandedly built the home where his children grew up and where he lived for his entire adult life. Kelly enjoyed helping people of all ages and backgrounds. The 1973 Larkin grad was known throughout Elgin as a man who would pull over to help a stranger fix a vehicle or craft a custom tool to help a neighbor complete a project.

Kelly was a man who enjoyed an adventure, whether it be a road trip or a scavenger hunt. He was a pilot and lover of aircrafts of all sorts, most of all seaplanes. He had the ability to recite the names of planes like some men can identify automobiles, owning a Republic RC-3 Seabee later in life. Multiple times he took his family to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for the annual air show (EAA convention & fly-in). In August 1976, Kelly flew his Cessna 172 aircraft to Alaska to begin a memorable chapter in his life. He served as a fishing guide near Anchorage and as a carpenter on Kodiak Island. He returned home to Elgin the following year and married Laurel in May 1979.

Kelly is survived by his children Benjamin (Brooke) of Lafayette, Indiana, and Rebecca (Casey) Shaw of Woodward, Oklahoma, as well as three grandsons – Slevin Shaw, Rhett Shaw and Edison Turner. He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Reba Turner, and his youngest brother Billy, whom he adored most. He was one of six Turner siblings – Mike (Sherri) Turner, Ruth (Larry) Fitchie, Patty (Tony) Abitua, Mary Francis and Billy.

Services are being planned for Sunday, Aug. 11 at Laird Funeral Home in Elgin. Visitation from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and a service to follow at 5:30. For information call 847-741-8800

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