Jerry Robert Turnbull

  • Born: March 15, 1938
  • Died: April 11, 2014
  • Location: Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Land Cremation Society

917 S. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel. (217) 523-4646

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jerry died in his sleep, Friday, April 11, 2014. He was born to Ralph and Elisabeth Weaver Turnbull on March 15, 1938 in Springfield. He graduated from Kent School and went on to graduate from Brown University in Providence, RI in 1961.

He began his career as a banker at 1st National Bank where he worked from 1963 until 1984, when he became President and CEO of Land of Lincoln Bank. After retirement, he split his time between Springfield and Hilton Head Island, SC.

Jerry was a lifelong golfer and served as Treasurer, Vice-President, President, Chairman of the Board, and a Board Member of the State Farm LPGA Rail Classic from its inception in 1976 until the last year. He served on the boards of the Heart Association, United Way, Brother James Court, Springfield Boys and Girls Club, and was a lifelong member of American Business Club.

As a friend once said, "He was for everyone" and to every one of his friends, he was a "true" friend. Jerry's life was a full one. He was a man of integrity, grace, and good cheer. His steadfast honesty favored no one, but this sincerity was what endeared him to virtually everyone he met.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Susan Turnbull Denby.

Jerry is survived by his best friend and wife of 49 years, Barbara; his sister, Elisabeth (husband, Stan) Turnbull Wheeler of Cape Cod, MA, brother-in-law, Jack (wife, Bernardine) Hatcher of Rochester; and his four nieces and one nephew.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. John's Hospice, 800 E. Carpenter, Springfield, IL 62769

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

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Posted by Barb turnbull - Springfield, IL - Wife   April 23, 2014

Jerry was one of the greatest guys I have ever known. We were friends since birth as our parents were close. The line in the obituary beginning with, "His steadfast honesty favored no one..." is spot on - he was devoid of hyperbola - the most centered and grounded person I have known.

Posted by Lloyd Costley - Washington, D.C., DC - Friend   April 22, 2014

Dear Barb:
Phyllis sent me today Jerry's obituary. I am so very sorry to learn of his death.
I think quite often of all the fun Gilda and I had with Jerry and all the fun you, Jerry, Gilda and I had together on the tennis courts, at Ben's and elsewhere.
I know there is nothing that I can do for you, but wanted you to know I was thinking of you.

Take care,

David Herndon

Posted by David Herndon - Chevy Chase, MD - Friend   April 18, 2014

I was so sorry to hear about Jerry. The ladies of the Rail Women's Golf League send their best wishes to you, and hope that you will be joining as soon as you are up to it. Take care, and we hope to see you soon.

Judy Rader

Posted by Judy Rader - Springfield, IL   April 14, 2014

I was very sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. I have to say Jerry and I weren't really close friends, but I got to know him through his involvement with the LPGA Rail Charity Classic (later State Farm Classic). I covered the event for The State Journal-Register, and I remember having conversations with Jerry about how the tournament was going, etc. I especially enjoyed his stories about how everyone -- definitely including Jerry --- tried to keep the tournament afloat in its early years. He had a great sense of humor, too. His involvement with the golf tournament was just part of his commitment to the Springfield community in general. My condolences go out to Jerry's family.

Posted by Dave Kane - New Berlin, IL - Friend   April 14, 2014


Nothing we can say will diminish the sense of loss you must feel, but we wanted to offer our condolences and hope that your relatives and close friends will provide the support you need. Drop us a line when you are able.

Posted by Karen and Warren Smith - Orinda, CA   April 13, 2014

Barb, We offer our DEEPEST sympathy to you & your family. I/we've know Jerry & his family for a LONG time. He was a FINE man & did a lot of GOOD for a lot of people. He shall be remembered, by us, forever. You take care of yourself, Barb.

Posted by Bitsy & Bill Reisch - Springfield,, IL - Friend   April 13, 2014


Thinking of you and your family with deepest sympathy on the loss of Jerry. He was a very fun person and a good friend to those he cared for.

So sorry for your loss.

Mary Renner and Ron Ladley

Posted by Mary Renner and Ron Ladley - Springfield, IL   April 12, 2014