March 15, 1940 – September 30, 2020

   CMSGT Fred Henry Turner (USAF, Ret.), devoted father, grandfather, loyal friend and a resident of Colorado Springs from July 1976 to February 2020, passed away September 30, 2020 in Schertz, Texas.

   Fred was born on March 15, 1940 to Leslie and Mary Virginia (Smith) Turner-Vincent in Capron, Virginia.  He married Beulah Mae Turner on December 23, 1962 in Austin, Texas.

   He proudly served in the United States Air Force for 20 years and was a Vietnam Veteran.  After his Air Force retirement, he was employed at Pikes Peak Community College and retired from there after a long and successful career.

   Fred is survived by his son, Col. Lance F. Turner (Annette) his grandchildren, Josiah and Charisa; his daughter, Rosandra D. Levy (Ron) his grandson Trey; two brothers: Howard and Alvin Turner; and a sister, Ann Bradford.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Pete Turner; a sister, Helen Warren; and his wife. 

   A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2020 with a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020 all at Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd.  Entombment will be at Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum.

   Memorials in Fred’s name may be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 26, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80915.

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  1. Rest in Peace, Fred! A life well lived.💕

  2. Earth has no sorry that heaven cannot heaven!!!! I haven’t known you that long, since I married your brother Howard. The bond that we had was irreplaceable, the first time we met the Lord made it happen🙏🏿 I called my husband honey and Fred said he was honey #2♥️😪 Thank for meeting such an humble, sweet loving christian man! Missing you forever🙏🏿🙏🏿♥️♥️♥️😭😘

  3. So sorry, but consoled that my cousin led such an admirable life.

  4. Lance & Annette, Rose & Ron, Family and Friends,

    My heart goes out as you mourn the death of your father, grandfather, brother and friend. Truly, I mourn with you.

    I just wanted to use this space to reflect a bit about the life of CMSgt “Chief” Fred Turner and what he meant to me. As you know, Chief was an extraordinary man. He made a powerful and lifelong impact on me. When I first met Chief, I was one of a few “scruffy” Air Force Academy cadets who would often “stow away” in Lance’s car as he would drive home to get a good home-cooked meal and to get some rest from the busyness of AF Academy life (i.e. “the Zoo”). In addition to the good food and the much-needed rest, I received mentorship, a role model, a friend, and an extended family in Chief Fred Turner and his family. When I was 19 years old, I didn’t know as much as I thought—imagine that. Chief helped me to fill in the blanks with all sorts of life lessons. I learned to “properly” buy cars, negotiate the best deals on anything, fix things, invest and more…through Chief Turner. I have wonderful memories of my time in C-Springs…memories that I will continue to cherish.

    Professionally, Chief’s integrity, demeanor and passion for excellence demonstrated a standard of excellence that I strived to emulate throughout my career in the US Air Force. His Air Force accomplishments are truly special as evidenced by his quick ascension to our top enlisted rank of CMSgt. To retire in the rank of CMSgt is a rare accomplishment in of itself. Less than 1% of all Airmen will ever do that. To reach the rank of CMSgt as fast as Chief Fred Turner did AND serve long enough to retire at that rank in as few as 20 years is extraordinarily rare. As a matter of fact, in 30+ years of being associated with and serving in the USAF Chief Turner is the only person I know who accomplished this! I thank God for Providence and Grace in allowing me to learn from and be a small part of Chief Turner’s extraordinary life. I was blessed tremendously because of him.

    May God continue to richly bless the family during this difficult time.

    With sincere Love and Deepest Sympathy

    John “Chop” Frazier

  5. Brother Fred Turner as I know him from Payne Chapel AME church. Brother Turner assisted us when we needed help with the feeding ministry. He helped me when I coordinated the church’s fish fries. He was great at keeping things running at the church. His advise and knowledge was valuable. He was always dedicated to the cause. He was always nice to me and shared Brotherly love. God bless your soul Brother Turner. Rest in Peace my Brother.

    Sister Yvonne Roberts

  6. To the Family of Brother Turner,

    Brother Turner will be missed. He was a loving man and everyone loved him. Hold on to the memories. It is valuable and he will always be with you.

    Blessings and May the Lord bless you always
    Yvonne Roberts

  7. So very sorry to hear of the passing of my classmate and dear friend. May he sleep until Jehovah and Jesus awake him. We will miss you!

    Hazel Edmond

  8. Sorry for your loss, Fred Turner was a hard working Christian in the Lord thank you 🙏 for your service, amen

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