Joseph Gresham Turner III was an esteemed husband, father, and mentor who left an indelible impression upon those he came into contact with. Born May 6, 1957 in Austin Texas, Joe enjoyed a journey as vibrant and multidimensional as his interests; from Culver Military Academy’s disciplined halls to Marietta College’s rigorous academic environment and beyond; Joe was known for his unending thirst for knowledge and undaunted competitive spirit.
Initial Years and Education
Joe was brought up in a military household, with his father serving in the USAF as a Colonel. This instilled within him both a profound sense of duty and independence that eventually lead him down his own path by joining the Navy after receiving his Bachelor’s in Geology/Earth Science from Marietta College – this decision marking a lifelong dedication to serving his nation while forging his own way. Despite its short duration, his military tenure proved immensely fulfilling; leading him to form lifelong friendships as well as deep feelings of pride from serving his nation and fellow servicemembers alike.
As soon as he completed his military service, Joe set about furthering his academic pursuits with extraordinary zeal. He earned a Master’s in Geology from the University of Kentucky, before earning two additional Masters – Civil Engineering at Cleveland State University and finally an MBA at Case Western Reserve University. Joe’s educational journey was driven by a deep-seated desire to learn new subjects while expanding his horizons into uncharted territory.
Professional Life and Passions
Professional Life and Passions Joe was known for his devotion and strong work ethic during his 25-year tenure with General Electric (GE) and Wabtec. Not just an employee but an advisor and friend to many colleagues at both organizations, Joe’s commitment to creating an enjoyable work environment was evident by his willingness to work all shifts across all shifts while understanding his team dynamics while constantly working toward improving teamwork and morale. Joe also left an impactful mark outside the workplace through mentoring programs as well as community service projects he participated in with local food banks – his influence extended far beyond workplace borders!
Joe was an avid follower of both college and professional sports, particularly his beloved Cleveland Browns and Kentucky Wildcats Basketball teams. March Madness held special meaning for him and those close to him; and his enthusiasm made it one of our fondest memories together. Alongside this love for sports was his adventurous side; often letting nieces and nephews take over driving his car early or engaging in playful antics that brought great pleasure to those close to him.
Legacy of Kindness
Joe leaves a legacy of kindness that spans love, laughter and generosity. With his bright smile and quick wit he had the rare ability to light up any room and make everyone feel welcomed and valued. Joe believed in giving back; whether through mentoring young individuals or volunteering his time for the betterment of his community. His legacy shows it.
Joe was an embodiment of human connection, resilience and the pursuit of happiness. From crew competitions to fearlessly experiencing life’s simple pleasures he lived life to its fullest extent without regrets or sadness. Joe’s story serves as a powerful example of what one individual can accomplish through acts of kindness, commitment to personal growth and an optimistic outlook.
A Farewell to Remember
On May 28, Pickles N Pints in Willoughby, Ohio will host Joe’s Celebration of Life: an event filled with memories and laughs to commemorate a life well lived. As his ashes rest with his parents in Honolulu, his spirit lives on to inspire those left behind.
Donations to PanCan.org and the SMA Foundation in Joe’s honor would be welcome as he left behind an inspiring legacy that will continue to influence generations to come. His journey was marked by unwavering love, unrelenting knowledge-seeking pursuit and boundless joy – legacy which will continue to inspire future generations.
Joseph Gresham Turner III’s story serves as a powerful reminder of the value of living a full and rewarding life, the significance of love, and how an individual’s actions can shape our world. Let us carry forward his legacy of kindness, passion and unyielding enthusiasm for living!