Jord Eugene Turner

February 16, 1938 ~ August 7, 2021

Jord E. Turner, 83, Sioux Falls, SD, died Saturday, August 7, 2021, in his other home of Welton, AZ, at the Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Memorial Services will be 11:00am, Friday, August 20, 2021, at First Evangelical Free Church, (2601 W. 69th St. Sioux Falls, 57108) with a Visitation starting at 10:00am. Burial will follow at the SD State Veteran’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the local CMA chapter, Empire Riders c/o Donna Swank, 910 S 4th Ave., Sioux Falls, SD, 57104

Jord Eugene Turner was born on February 16, 1938, to Virgil and Margaret (William) Turner in Minneapolis, MN.  In his early years, his family lived in Brookings SD, where Jord spent time as a Boy Scout Leader and attended high school. His father owned the print shop of the local newspaper where Jord would spend many days helping his parents. On February 4, 1961, Jord married the love of his life, Linda Swartz. After their union, Jord and Linda moved to Sioux Falls, SD.

Jord joined the Air National Guard and worked as an AGE technician of the South Dakota Air National Guard from February 1962 until April 1993. It was during those same years, Jord and Linda decided to foster children, which they ended up doing together for over 50 years. As a result of fostering so many children, the Turners grew into an incredibly large and extended family. During those years of fostering, Jord and Linda took the opportunity to shower so much love on all their children. Jord enjoyed taking all his kids on vacation, camping, amusement parks, and baseball games. After Jord retired, he worked for Billion Motors for a short time. Jord and his wife moved to Wellton AZ, as they would spend time enjoying their retirement years.

Jord had a huge heart for sharing his faith in Christ to anyone around him and loved people from all walks of life, regardless of their life experiences or inward and outward characteristics. He would strike up a conversation with someone and that person would then become a lifelong friend. For over 25 years, he was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA), which he used to fuel his passion for riding his motorcycle all over the country, including to the Sturgis Rally, as well as the Fall Colors Event, to name a few, just to share the gospel. He also enjoyed following the gospel quartet “The Master’s Heirs” wherever they were performing. Jord also participated in a variety of ministries over the years, including Life Light, and the Banquet, in Sioux Falls.  

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Linda Turner, Sioux Falls, SD and Wellton, AZ; his children, Jord Turner Jr. (Gwendolyn), Hutchinson, MN, Robert Turner, Custer, SD, Kathy Turner Flanagan, Sioux Falls, SD, and Jay Turner, Sioux Falls, SD, Tori (Craig) Wittrock, Sioux Falls SD, Jason Smith, Sioux Falls, SD, Nichole (Chad) DeVries, Sioux Falls, SD, and Cindy (Chad) Egeberg, Brookings, SD;  Jord was blessed with 26 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; special friends, Joann Baker, Stan, and Dee Hayes; and as well as several other special friends and family members; In addition, Jord would tell you that all the foster children were their kids, including their grand-kids and great-grandkids.

Jord was preceded in death by his parents; one great-granddaughter, Kirra Ann.

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  • Nichole DeVries says:

    An Angel of God..I will miss you soo very much Dad!

  • Lindsay says:

    Love you Gramps.. missing you so much and look forward to seeing you again someday

    Don’t cause too much trouble up there in heaven

  • Lindsay says:

    Love you Gramps.. missing you so much. look forward to seeing you again someday

    Don’t cause too much trouble up there in heaven

  • Gwendolyn Turner says:

    So sorry I can’t be at your celebration of life. You were such a good example of God’s love. I know you are healed now and enjoying heaven. But we will all miss you. Love you !!

  • Sheri Rozeboom-Kloes (Cragoe) says:

    Dad worked with Jord at the air guard and talked about him often. That was a blessing because he didn’t talk much about most of his coworkers. So sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you all in this time of loss.

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