Charles Terry Turner

charles turner

October 7, 1945 ~ April 12, 2023

Born in: Pueblo, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Celebration of Life:

Charles Terry Turner was born in Pueblo, Colorado on October 7, 1945. He passed away at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Florence Turner; and his brother, Jim Turner.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Dorothy (Horton) Turner; sons, Philip (Janet) Turner, and Andrew (Jessica) Turner; and the apple of his eye, his granddaughter Lily. He is also survived by his cousin, Donna Bradfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles graduated from Pueblo Central High School in 1963. He attended CU-Boulder, the University of Southern Colorado, and the University of Denver where he obtained a Masters Degree in Library Science in 1972. Charles met his wife, Dorothy at the University of Denver and they married on August 19th, 1972 in Forked River, New Jersey.

As a teenager, Charles was very interested in amateur radio. He taught himself Morse Code until he could transmit and receive 13 words per minute which enabled him to obtain his amateur radio license at age 17. KØGMR is now a silent key. Charles was a dedicated member of the Pueblo Kiwanis Club for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Steelworks Center of the West.

Charles served as the head of the Reference Department for the Pueblo Library District for 30 years. Following retirement, he traveled the world and visited over 40 countries.
He loved life and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Charles, Dad, Papa, Uncle Terry, Charles-A-Reno-you will forever be in our hearts.

A celebration of Charles’ life will be held at 2 p.m. on April 29, 2023, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Attendees are encouraged to wear bright colors as we join in celebrating Charles’ life.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to any of the following:

Pueblo Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 674, Pueblo, CO 81002

Pueblo Central High School Foundation, PO Box 3707, Pueblo, CO 81005-3707

Salvation Army, 401 S Prairie Ave, Pueblo, CO 81005!/donation/checkout

Online condolences,


Life Celebration: April 29, 2023 2:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. Dear Dorothy,
    We were saddened to hear of Charles passing. My mom (Shirley Cline) considered you both to be great friends.
    Many blessings to you and your family. It is truly difficult to lose someone so dear to you.

  2. Dorothy, Andrew and Phil, also Janet, Jessica and Lily, so very sorry about Charles. was really looking to seeing him at Easter.

    • Thank you, Mary. We were looking forward to our Easter holiday with you and Paul too.

  3. Dear Dorothy, Phil and Andrew: So terrible what happened to Charles. I was really looking forward to seeing him at Easter.

  4. Will miss Charles’ inquisitive nature and wonderful laugh. Glad to have crossed paths with him in this journey of life. May God give you strength through this difficult time. Sorry to have missed the service but I’ll watch online.
    Lovingly in PEO,
    Margaret & Mike

    • Thank you, Margaret. He always enjoyed visiting with you and Mike at your place in the mountains.

  5. Dorothy and family,
    I cannot find the words to express my feelings over the loss of Charles. Such a sudden shock tends to leave such a strange feeling in your heart. Please know how much I admired Charles. He was such a steadfast pillar of our Kiwanis Club for soooo many years! His dedication, commitment and undying love for what we do will never be forgotten. The many lives his work has changed is unmeasurable. God bless you all through this time.
    Warmest thoughts and hugs,
    Carol Chiarito, fellow Kiwanian.

    • Thank you, Carol. The participation of your fellow Kiwanians at the celebration of life will always be remembered by my family.

  6. Charles Turner was a remarkable public servant. He was the Internet before there was an Internet. He was Google before we knew how to google. I was in my thirties or forties when I met him (many years ago) but I learned from his remarkable sense of curiosity. It made my day when I called the library and heard his voice, “Charles Turner speaking.” On occasion, I might ask him a question and it would be a week or two before I received an answer (not too often though) but he NEVER failed to help me. He ALWAYS got back to me. I know why he visited so many countries after retirement. He wanted to see for himself. He had that amazing curiosity. Thank you, Charles for doing a great job.

  7. Whenever I think of Charles I get a picture of his smiling face in my mind and thoughts of his friendly and happy disposition in my memory. Even though our interactions were but maybe once our twice a year I will miss him. I am happy for the good memories that Charles has left us with. God bless the Turner family, all of you are in my thoughts and prayers

    • Thank you, Dan. He always loved it when you would visit in Denver with Monica and little Sage. Fun times.

  8. Dorothy and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Charles passing. I know he will be missed.
    Rhonda Madison

  9. Dorothy and family….
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for you at this time. May God always bless each of you.

  10. Dorothy and family….
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for you at this time. May God always bless each of you!

  11. Dorothy and family….our hearts are breaking for you. We always enjoyed our dinners and hearing about your travels. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Steve and Rhonda

  12. Dear Dorothy and family, Extending our deepest sympathy to you in this time of grief. Charles was such a delightful man. May your love and memories carry you through.
    Joanne and Dave

    • Thank you, Joanne. I deeply appreciate all the support I received from my Heaton Middle School family.

  13. Dorothy, Andrew & Phillip my heart goes out to you all. Also to your spouses & Lily. I’ll remember what a nice man Charles was. May God be with you all. Hold on to the wonderful memories.

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