James Keep "Jay" Turner Jr.

James Keep "Jay" Turner Jr., son of James Keep Turner and Isabella Kathleen Ireland, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, due to heart complications.

Jay graduated from William Chrisman High School and Brigham Young University. He retired from General Motors after a 30 year career. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Following his retirement, he volunteered at the Vaile Mansion. Jay was briefly married to Glenna Jacobs Griffith (her daughter Lynn). Throughout Jay's life he participated in choirs, played the piano and organ and bass for churches and musical groups, including the Cellar Dweller Singers, KCMMC, Raytown Men's Choir and Hula Nani Serenaders. Jay had an incredible singing voice and willingly shared his talents. He loved convertibles, food and cooking and laughing.

Jay is survived by his sister, Kathleen T. Denning of Utah; and nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m., with services to follow at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Carson-Speaks Chapel, 1501 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, 816-252-7900. Burial with full military honors will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Children International Headquarters, for cleft lip and palate, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, donorrelations@shrinenet.org.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.

Funeral Home

Carson-Speaks Chapel
1501 W. Lexington Ave. Independence, MO 64052
(816) 252-7900

Published in The Examiner on Jan. 14, 2014