Rory Osborne Turner

July 7, 1953 - June 24, 2020
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at THE CALHOUN FUNERAL HOME, 23000 Rockside Road, Bedford Heights, OH 44146 from 2-8:00 PM.




Internment- Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Lakeview Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106 at 12:30 PM.


Due to COVID-19 the family will be practicing social distancing at the Internment and face mask are required.

Rory Osborne Turner went home to be with the Lord on June 24, 2020. Rory was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth Anderson Turner and Elmo Osborne Turner; brother, Kip Turner. Rory leaves to cherish his memories, wife, Kathryn; Children, Ellian, Hadaya (Michael), Dante, Stanley (Karen), Kelly (Tysen), Nia (Jasin); Siblings, Fritz Turner; 11Continue Reading

Bill Ballard left a message on July 8, 2023:
It’s taken a while for me to even think about writing. Met Rory in the fall of 1967. His family had just moved to Omaha. Something about those Turner boys was magnetic. Liked them all from the get go. I am/was a swimmer. Could see no reason there were no Black swimmers. Talked Rory into joining the swim team. In 2 or 3 months of training he got pretty darn good. I think he made the finals in our championship meet. I moved away shortly after. Some people you just never forget. I believe Rory had the talent to precede Anthony Irvin. All my best to all who knew and loved him. He lives on in my memory.
Brenda Forte left a message on August 25, 2020:
I continue to be saddened by the loss of Rory Turner, my brother-in-law, my friend. I will forever be grateful for the joy and love he gave my sister, Kathryn, and our family. He was so kind, so intelligent, so wise - so patient, so giving - He was a man worth knowing - special! RIP my worthy brother-in-law / my brother,..
Samson Aklog left a message on August 12, 2020:
My grief at your loss is thick and confounding. He was a good friend, a mentor, and holy man. I just find out about his death, and deeply sadden to loose such a wonderful person. Rory, Thank you for your grace, your patience and the memory of your smile. Let God gives his family the strength in this tough times.
Rose Costanzo left a message on July 15, 2020:
I was sadden and shocked to hear the news of his passing! Working with Rory early in my career was a pleasure. I enjoyed our conversations over the years relating to architecture, family, travels, and more. I always remember he's laughter ! He will truly be missed. I send my deepest sympathies to his family at this time.
David Sloderbeck left a message on July 12, 2020:
My condolences to Rory’s family as he was a wonderful classmate from Benson High class of 1971. Prayers are offered up to the family as you grieve.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Dave Snow left a message on July 12, 2020:
So saddened to hear of Rory's passing. My sympathy to his family. He is remember as a kind and caring person. (Dave Snow Benson High classmate)
Bev Beam Hornig left a message on July 12, 2020:
My sincere sympathy to Kathryn and the Turner family. Rory was the VP of our Benson Bunnies 1971 class (Omaha, NE). He was kind, well-respected, and a classy guy. May God comfort you all in the coming months and years.
Bev Beam Hornig left a message on July 12, 2020:
My sincere sympathy to Kathryn & the Turner family. Rory was the VP of our Benson High School (Omaha, NE) class. He was kind, well-respected, and a classy guy. May you all feel God's loving comfort now and in the months and years ahead.
Ron Mosley left a message on July 8, 2020:
RIP In The Golden Shores My Good Kappa Brother
Steve Seline left a message on July 8, 2020:
We are so saddened upon hearing of Rory's passing. He was the most popular person in our high school class. He was VP of the class and President of the Student Council. He was also a dear friend and even though we haven't seen him since our last reunion we will always miss him. I have never met a kinder soul nor a better person. Joyful for him because know he is in a better place but hoping that his family and friends will find comfort from the memories of what a great friend he was to all.
Nora McNamara left a message on July 6, 2020:
My deepest sympathy to the Turner family. It has been many years but I still recall how much I enjoyed the opportunity to work with Rory on some neighborhood planning and development projects. He was always knowledgeable, insightful and such a classy gentleman. Go with God you have earned your place!
Linda Newsom left a message on July 4, 2020:
To the Turner family. I met Rory many years ago. Rory and several Deacons from Antioch would come to East Mt. Zion church to work in our food pantry (Lifeline). Rory was always energetic and a hard worker. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Kenneth Lumpkin left a message on July 3, 2020:
My deepest condolences to the family, RIH Rory,
John Sidney Evans jr left a message on July 2, 2020:
Such a great soul. I am truly saddened but blessed that I met him when I moved back to Cleveland.
Drs Jon and Deborah Freeman left a message on July 2, 2020:
We met Rory 27 yrs. ago when we moved back to Ohio and joined Antioch Baptist Church. His daughter, Hadaya, and our two daughters, Kara and Kristen, became friends at Antioch. We shared many youth activities over the years through church. We will remember Rory as a kind and gentle person, who was dedicated to his God, his family, his church and his community. We send our deepest sympathy to his family. We pray that God will comfort and keep you.
Robert Watson left a message on July 2, 2020:
To the Turner family. I first met Rory on the campus of Kansas State University as he came up to me and introduced himself. As time moved forward/two years later and communications continued, he finally wore me down to pledge and become a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity of which he was also my Dean of Pledges. Rory was not only a good Kappa Brother but also a great man period. He was consistent, dedicated, giving, highly educated, loving, understanding and most of all a man of God. May Rory now rest in peace and sincere condolences be extended to his family and the many love ones during these difficult times.
Emily Evans Fleming left a message on July 2, 2020:
My condolences to the family. Rory was so kind to me and my son Evan. Evan sat with Rory a few times in during Sunday service. One great memory is a picture the he and Evan drew(mostly Rory) on the back of the Sunday bulletin on August 20, 2006 of the church. Evan was 8. I kept that picture on my refrigerator until I bought a new one last year. The picture is pretty beat up but I still have it.
Hubert Brandon left a message on July 2, 2020:
I only met Rory a few years ago and regret not knowing him for All of my life because he was a truly exemplary and wonderful human being. My prayers go out to Kathryn and his family as I know he will truly be missed by all.
Terry McManus left a message on July 2, 2020:
Having Rory as a friend was truly a gift. We started working together right after he moved to Cleveland and that continued for many years. His calm and caring demeanor was wonderful through many great and challenging times and his stories, my goodness, were amazing. Whether it was "Camp Kidney" with Fritz and Kip; times in the Peace Corps; joining the rowing team because the pool burned down at Kansas State, he lived a full life before we met. Walking around Cleveland with him and realizing that he knew everyone... and he had just moved here. He was gracious with the joys that life brings and handled the pain of loss like a gentleman. During our stay at home time this Spring, I went through a stack of memories from our office; many were of the great times and great work that our team accomplished... and at the center of it all, there was Rory, still making me smile after all these decades. Out of habit, I will call him next Tuesday to wish him a Happy Birthday in Heaven.
Luretha Grills left a message on July 2, 2020:
May the God of all comfort be with you and family!!!
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
June Wynn left a message on July 2, 2020:
I will always remember Deacon Turners quiet demeanor and infectious smile. He will be missed, but I do know he has transcended to our Heavenly Father. Rest well, Sir
Edwin Williams left a message on July 1, 2020:
Rory and i met the first time in 1988 when sitting for the Ohio Architectural Registration Exam. And then within the next year we were working together at Voinovich Group for the next 6 years; most of that time with cubicles next to one another. We became very close colleagues and friends working with one of the most dynamic group of architects and planners i ever had the privilege to work with. That relationship lasted for more than 30 years. Rory was one of my favorite people that i respected professionally and personally. We did not see each other as much when i moved to Columbus in 2004. I was shocked and saddened when i heard that he passed last week. I will miss him dearly and our lively and thoughtful discussions about architecture, life and family. My deepest condolences to the family on your loss.Rory was one of those very special people that come into your life.
David Parrish left a message on July 1, 2020:
I served with Rory on the City of Cleveland Design Review Committee for 6 years and enjoyed our interactions immensely! I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face and hearing his cheerful disposition. I am very saddened to learn of his passing and will miss him. CLE has lost one of the good ones! My very best wishes go out to his family (whom I never had the pleasure of meeting).
Avis L. Arnold, Ed. D. left a message on July 1, 2020:
Dear Kathryn & Family, My sincere condolences on the loss of Deacon Turner. May God continue to keep you in his care during this difficult time. The memory of the righteous is a blessing (Proverbs 10:7)
Jimmy crews left a message on July 1, 2020:
Kathy and the entire Rory Turner family, earth has no sorrow heaven cannot heal,you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold on the Gods unchanging hands.
Dwayne Carter left a message on July 1, 2020:
Rory will certainly be missed by our family. He was so much more than an in-law to us. He was our cousin. His acts of kindness, and love to this family will be cherished forever. Rory would never wait around to see who needs help or if he could do something. When he saw a need he would step right in with a solution. He is truly loved and will be deeply missed. Rest in heaven Rory. Love you cousin.
Dorenda Swanson left a message on June 30, 2020:
So sorry to hear about Rory. We worked together a little for the Antioch 125th Anniversary celebration. He was a fine man. My prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
condolence-image Calhoun Funeral Home & Cremation Service left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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