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Charles Phillip Turner, 76, of Rockford, IL went to be with Our Lord and Savior on February 21, 2017. Loving husband of Paula (Cochran) Turner. Adored father of Amanda Cochran and Carolyn Cochran Cohen; father in law to Joshua Cohen. Cherished grandfather to Emilia Rose Cohen. Brother to Dave (Gail)Turner. Son of the late Charles and Ann Turner and son in law of Ampellio and Rose Dal Pra. Husband to the late Carol Turner. Brother in law of Eugene Dal Pra, Jeanine Dal Pra and Barbee Bancroft. A righteous and honorable man, pure and simple. Following his graduation from Northwestern University in 1962 Phil served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in England from 1962 through 1967. Upon completion of his service, he was employed at the Woodward Governor Company for 41 years working in Finance and was the Vice President and General Manager of the Aircraft Division at the time of his retirement in July, 2003. A leader in the community with unparalleled insight, intelligence and generosity. Phil served on numerous Boards and Committees (United Way of Rock River Valley, Boy Scouts of America Blackhawk Area Council, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce, Second Congregational Church, YMCA of Rock River Valley, Crusader Community Health Foundation, Rockford Park District Foundation, Carpenter's Place Nonprofit Homeless Shelter and United for Youth). Recipient of various awards including the Charles G. Uram Lifetime Service Award presented by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and the Crusader Clinic Spirit of Caring Award. A decent, virtuous man with incomparable integrity, Phil touched the lives of all he met. Knowing him was an honor and a privilege. Contributions in his memory to Carpenter's Place, 149 Railroad Ave. Rockford, IL 61104, Crusader Clinic, 1100 Broadway Rockford, IL 61104 or Poor Clares Corpus Christi Monastery, 2111 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in Second Congregational UCC/First Presbyterian Church, 318 N Church Street, Rockford, Illinois. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church.

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  1. Tracy Swanson

    I am so very, very sad to hear of Phil's passing. I am sad I will not hear his voice, see his face or benefit from his counsel. I am so sad that he passed while I was out of the country and I also missed his service. I am sad I was not able to be there to show my deep love and respect for this man. I am so sad for Phil's family - what a tremendous loss. I worked for Phil and had the privilege and honor to know him. To know what an honest, caring and intelligent man he is. Phil - thank you for everything you have done for me (and for so many others). You are so admired and loved. You will be so missed my friend.

  2. Gail Harinek

    Paula---I am very sorry to learn of the great loss of your beloved Phil. Pleas know you will be remembered in my prayers.

  3. Jeff Tucker

    Terrible news. Phil (and later, Paula as well) was one of my favorite Alpine hiking companions. We shared many a beautiful climb in the Sud Tirol, the Engadine Valley, and around Chamonix, followed by an equal number of wonderful dinners full of lively conversation. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.

  4. Kate Drolet

    So sorry to hear about Phil's passing. In the short time we knew him at RIC, he was always smiling, telling jokes, and being positive. Remember those smiles and laughs, cherish the moments, and find comfort in the memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Paula. Love, Kate and the rest of the 9th floor RIC team

  5. Jimmy Modi

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Phil's passing. My heart goes out to Paula and their wonderful family. I have extremely fond memories of Phil and Paula walking their dog and stopping by my news stand on Michigan Avenue in Chicago to chat. Phil was very generous and kind to my young daughter and for that, my wife Arachna and I will be forever grateful. Rest in peace dear friend. I will miss your kindness and warm smile in the big city. - With Great Sorrow, Your Friend Jimmy

  6. Jimmy Modi

    I am deeply sadened to hear of Phil's passing. My heart pours out to Paula and their beautiful family. I have wonderful memories of Phil and Paula walking their dog past my news stand on Michigan Avenue and stopping to chat. Phil was kind and generous to my young daughter. My wife Arachna and I will be forever greatful. I will miss Phil's warm smile in a big city. Rest in peace my dear friend. - With Great Sorrow, Jimmy

  7. William Hoisington

    I remember Phil as a brother in Acacia fraternity at Northwestern University, 610 Lincoln Street, Evanston from 1959 (my freshman year) to 1962 (my junior year). He impressed me as serious, solid, intellectual, often quiet and perhaps a bit reserved. I regret not knowing him better. I am very impressed by how much he accomplished in his life, especially in the field of "human service," Acacia's motto. In admiration and with affection, William A. Hoisington, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Modern European History University of Illinois at Chicago PS: I am sure that Acacia National would appreciate a notice.

  8. D. Green

    Such a pleasure for knowing an amazingly great and strong person. I very much appreciated and respected his warm heart, kindness and generosity. He will definitely be missed. Sending my love to him and his family.

  9. Emilia Vitale

    Paula and Family I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you...

  10. Suzy Stone

    My thoughts are with you all. Loved growing up next door to Phil and David in the Oaks.

  11. Peg Schrom

    Dear Paula, We are deeply saddened to hear of Phil's death. Although we did not know him well, we could tell when we met him that you very much cherished each other, and brought great happiness to each other. Although we are in Florida and can not attend the services, we want you to know that you and your family will be always in our thoughts and prayers. With love and deepest sympathy, Peg & Rich Schrom

  12. Jackie Krause

    What a sweet man . Phil I will miss your stories and your smile. You always brighten my day when I knew you were coming In❤ Rest In Peace my sweet friend. Prayers to your beautiful wife Paula and your family . You will be missed.

  13. Patti Shapiro

    Dear Paula, Steven and I were so saddened to hear of Charles' passing. It was a privilege to know him. We have thought of you and Charles very often. Please accept our deepest condolences. Fondly, Patti

  14. Kay Larrick

    Our loss is heaven's gain. Phil's ever-present kindness and caring will be deeply missed by many.

  15. Tom Luchetti

    Paula, Our most sincere condolences on the passing of your cherished Phil. What a gentleman and an obviously loving partner! Thoughts and prayers to sustain you. Mi dispiace molto!!


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