Freeport, Illinois – We’re not even sure how to say this to everyone, but in what can only be described as utterly heartbreaking, it has been confirmed through various sources that Steven Turner of Walker Mortuary was found dead this morning at the Walker Mortuary Funeral home location in downtown Freeport, Illinois.
Around 8:30 a.m. this morning our own reporters were downtown Freeport when they passed Walker Mortuary and noticed a Crime Scene Unit vehicle parked outside of the funeral home.
Hours later we received an email from a local resident who said her husband had received information that Turner had committed suicide.
We reached out to Deputy Matt Summers of the Freeport Police Department and Tom Leamon, Stephenson County Coroner who confirmed the news.
Leamon said that the family has been notified and that he will be meeting with Steve’s wife this evening.
From the Walker Mortuary website;
Steven Tyler Turner, age 66 of Freeport, IL, passed over Wednesday, September 28, 2016. He was born May 27, 1950 in Freeport to the late Albert C. and Janet (Tyler) Turner. He married Catherine J. Steele on March 29, 1993.
Steve received his Bachelor’s in Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in March of 1974. He has been the owner of and funeral director at Walker Mortuary in Freeport since 1974. He is a member of and past president of the Illinois Funeral Director’s Association and the Highland Community College Foundation.
Steve loved his cats, his squirrels and his food. He was known for his sense of humor and his gigantic kind heart. He had a gift for helping others and would give every bit of himself to all those dear to him. He never wanted to disappoint anyone. His message to those who mourn was, “grief expressed is grief diminished.”
Steve is survived by his wife Catherine Turner of Freeport; sister, Ann E. (Terry) Frint of Ridott; nephews, Lucas (Sarah) Frint of Winnebago and Adam (Angelica) Frint of Chicago; and his fur babies, Docia Moonstone Lucille, Celeste Sapphire Godiva, and Miette Topaz Estelle. He will also be greatly missed by Buddy. He is preceded in death by his parents.
A remembrance visitation will be held Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 to 2:00 pm with a memorial service beginning at 2:00 pm at Highland Community College on the second floor of Building H. Interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery in Freeport at a later date. A memorial fund has been established in his name. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with his family at www.walkermortuary.com.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all the family and friends during this time. This is a loss that not only we feel personally, but it is a loss that the entire community will feel indefinitely.