Thomas W. Turner CAPT USN (Ret)
November 19, 1942 – May 15, 2023
Tom served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, retiring as a submarine captain.
Preceded in death by his parents Thomas Marshall and Jean Wagner Turner; first wife Marjorie Turner; brothers John H. Turner and Edwin G. Turner.
Survived by his wife of 22 years Tessa C. Turner; son Tom Turner (Tara) and their children Thomas J. Turner, Trevor W. Turner, Ty G. Turner, Tucker J. M. Turner, Tian M. M. Turner, Trace Y. L. Turner, and Talia J. P. Turner; son George G. Turner (Kristin) and grandsons Caden M. Turner, Caleb T. Turner, and Gavin Turner and their mother Stacy Schoonover; 6 great grandchildren; siblings Peter L. Turner (Kathryn), Marsha Skarka; sister-in-law Janet M. Turner.
Visitation: Tuesday, May 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Bellevue Memorial Chapel.
Funeral Service: Wednesday, May 24 at 9:30 am at Thanksgiving Church, 3702 370 Plaza South, Bellevue.
To view a live broadcast of the service, click the link below.
Inurnment: Omaha National Cemetery on Wednesday, May 24 at 12:30 pm
Military Honors: U. S. Navy Honor Guard & American Legion Post #331
In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the American Cancer Foundation or Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB).
Dear Tessa, family and friends of Tom,
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans, we offer our sincere condolences at Tom´s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are always saddened whenever a fellow “Bubblehead” departs on Eternal Patrol. He served with honor on the USS Hardhead SS-365, USS Francis Scott Key SSBN-657, USS Trepang SSN-674, USS Howard W. Gilmore AS-16, USS George C. Marshall SSBN-654, and as Commanding Officer on three boats: USS Sam Rayburn SSBN-635, USS Augusta SSN-710 and USS Georgia SSBN-729.
To our “Brother-of-the-Phin” we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. Fair Winds and Following Seas.” Thank you for your service to our country.
Tessa and family… “may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV).
Jim Sandman, FTC(SS) Ret,
National Chaplain, USSVI.
Served under Captain Turner onboard Sam Rayburn after shipyard. He and his first wife Marge (RIP) bowled with me and my wife during offcrew. Nobody else wanted to bowl with the new CO. Great CO. Good friend for many years. Renlisted me onboard Nautilus when I rolled to shore duty. My wife was the Ombudsman. Got two stories family might enjoy. If they reach out via e-mail. Or (830) 285-7607. Rest in peace with the Commander in Chief. Rest your oars sailor we have the watch! SALUTE!
with much sadness i am unable to be there with my family in nebraska. my thought and prayers are there with you all. (Bill) Thomas W. Turner (brother) will be missed but never forgotten.
As one of the men who served under Captain Turner on the USS Sam Rayburn, I would like to say what an honor and privilege to have known him. He was a unique individual and will be missed by all of us who served under him.
I had the privilege of working closely with Tom over 50 years ago during the construction and testing of the USS Trepang at the Electric Boat shipyard. He was the Trepang’s Engineering Officer and I an Electric Boat Nuclear Test Engineer. We spent many shifts working together to complete dockside and sea trial reactor system testing prior to commissioning. From knowing him then I am not surprised to learn of his impressive Navy career. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Captain Turner on his passing from this world..
I had the pleasure of serving under Captain Turner as part of the Pre-Commissioning Unit through Commissioning of the USS Augusta SSN-710. As an enlisted man I had a great deal of respect for him as my Commanding Officer and as he had a great deal of respect for all his men in service and as human beings. Tom was one of the “good ones”. I am blessed to have known him and was an example that many of could surely learn from.