|Eugene M. "Gene" Turvey, 81, of Galesburg, Ill., passed away at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Seminary Manor.
He was born December 25, 1930, in Taylorville, Ill., the son of Charles and Mable Lockhart Turvey. He married Rose Marie Brown on August 12, 1950 in Taylorville, Ill.
Gene is survived by his wife, Rose; three sons, Vic (Lisa) of Chesterfield, Mo., Brad (Julie) of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., and Mike (Linda) of Granger, Iowa; four grandchildren, Aubrey of O'Fallon, Mo., Justin (Samantha) of Pembroke, Mass., Steven and Daniel of Dardenne Prairie, Mo.; three great grandchildren, Logan, Mason and Kailee of Pembroke, Mass., and his brother, Harry of Taylorville, Ill. He is preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, Everett, Charles, Carl, Raymond, Dale, Harold and a sister, Darlene.
Gene graduated from Taylorville High School in 1948. He worked for Allis Chalmers in Springfield, Ill. until 1957, when he began his career with Purity Baking Company in Pana, Ill.
He was promoted to Supervisor in 1961 and relocated his family to Galesburg. He retired in May 1991 after 34 years with Purity.
Gene enjoyed reading, music, bowling, cards and sports on TV. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears Fan. Gene was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Galesburg, and a 56 year member of the Masonic Lodge #456 in Nokomis, Ill.
Masonic Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2012 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel by the Masonic Alpha Lodge #155 AF & AM, with funeral services to follow. Rev. David and Rev. Sarah Parker will officiate. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, Ill. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Galesburg and the National Alzheimer's Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.