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Geoffrey W. Turner

1/3/1978 - 7/21/2020

ST. LOUIS - Geoffrey Wayne Turner, 42, formerly of Pekin, passed away at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday July 21, 2020 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis Missouri.

 He was born January 3, 1978 to Gary Wayne Turner and Joyce (Miller) Turner in Pekin, IL.

He married Courtney Renee Ballinger September 22, 2007 in Mapleton, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are his Aunts, Uncles, many cousins, his Mother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, his Grandmother-in-law, nieces, nephews, and three cats.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Geoffrey earned an associate degree at Illinois Central College and a bachelor degree in History Education at Eureka College. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He worked at Pekin Machine, Lick Creek Golf Course, and Pekin Public Schools District 108.

He spent his time drinking coffee, reading, listening to music, and hanging out with friends and family. Though he had health issues, he enjoyed playing basketball, golf, and football. He weight-lifted regularly and trained with Central Illinois Shotokan Karate in Pekin. Karate was influential to Geoff’s physical and spiritual well-being. Geoffrey moved to St. Louis, MO in May of 2005. Courtney joined him.

Thanks to the selfless gift of organ donation, he received new lungs on March 31, 2006. He was able to live a longer and more active life. He spent his time volunteering, hiking, biking, shooting, travelling, dining out, going to local events, and spending time with his wife, friends, and family. He also continued to weight-lift, train in karate, and spent a lot of time in the gym. He worked at Barnes and Noble, Banker’s Life, and Amazon and served as Vice President of the 2nd Wind Lung Transplant Association of St Louis. Geoffrey passed away at Barnes-Jewish Hospital from an unexpected illness.

He was a loyal Cub and Bears fan, loved his country, family and friends dearly, and was a devoted husband.

He was of the Presbyterian faith.

A memorial visitation will be held 9:00 to 11:00 am. on Saturday August 15, 2020 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Pastor Samuel Gibbs.

Memorial contributions may be made to: 2nd Wind Lung Transplant Association 1720 Market St PO Box 771242 St. Louis, MO 63177 or to the family for a memorial to be set up in his name.