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“U will always be missed that will never change ”
1 of 89 | Posted by: Austin Hines - Grinnell, IA

“Dear Scott and Family....I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words that can describe the sadness I am feeling for your family. You are all in...Read More »
2 of 89 | Posted by: LeAnn Rhoads - Grinnell, IA

“John was amazing, from his unlimited inquisitive personality to his quest for fairness in life, John lived for adventure, great food, and learning. ...Read More »
3 of 89 | Posted by: Wayne Worthington - Brooklyn, IA

“All words fall short in expressing the deep, deep sorrow we feel at the loss of your dear John. We join you in your grief. ”
4 of 89 | Posted by: Jon Andelson and Karin Stein - IA

“We are so very, very sorry for your loss! John will be fondly remembered by us and his community and we mourn his passing. ”
5 of 89 | Posted by: Judi and Sig Barber - Grinnell, IA

“I am deeply sorry for your loss. John was a fine young man. He always had a smile on his face. You should be proud of the son you raised. May God...Read More »
6 of 89 | Posted by: Julie Kracht

“Scott and family, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. May God wrap his arms around you and bring you comfort. ”
7 of 89 | Posted by: Pam Johnson-Runner - Friend

“Dear Turley family, Words can't express how my heart aches for you! I will miss the morning & after school visits from John. He was always ready with...Read More »
8 of 89 | Posted by: Sharon Boggess - Grinnell, IA

“Some of my fondest memories with John were in Cub Scouts I remember after the meets in the summer at your house we would go outside and play I...Read More »
9 of 89 | Posted by: Edward Metz - Grinnell, IA

“I'm so sorry about your loss I will always remember John by the huge smile he always had on his face and his kind personality and friendliness ”
10 of 89 | Posted by: Edward Metz - Grinnell, IA

“Dear Scott, Stacy, Molly, Matthew and Lucy, It seems like just yesterday that John was in my kindergarten class. He was such a delight. I loved his...Read More »
11 of 89 | Posted by: Brenda Mikel Hagedorn

“As your neighbors & friends, our hearts ache fo your family. I can only think of Pooh bear's statement"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not...Read More »
12 of 89 | Posted by: Joy Foss - Grinnell, IA - friend

“I'm so sorry for your loss, words can't describe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family to find comfort and peace. ”
13 of 89 | Posted by: Stacey Roth - Neighbor

“I worked with John in the 6th grade. His smile was contageous! He had such a desire to learn and share his stories with others. My prayers are with...Read More »
14 of 89 | Posted by: Carol Hirsch - Para @ GMS

“Scott and Stacy: We are so sorry for your loss. Bridget, Sophie and Claire Baechtel ”
15 of 89 | Posted by: Bridget Baechtel - Grinnell, IA

“Scott and Family: Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We were saddened to hear of your loss. With sympathy, Charlie and Kathleen...Read More »
16 of 89 | Posted by: Kathleen and Charlie Powell - OH

“Scott & Stacy I know of no words that can spoken in this, your time of loss but just remember all of the great family times,smiles,and laughs that...Read More »
17 of 89 | Posted by: Kirk Ferneau - Grinnell, IA

“John's smile would make anyone smile. His smile was a true reflection of the love his family has for him. We send prayers from the heart. ”
18 of 89 | Posted by: Scott & Allison Pease & Family

“Scott and family, my heart goes out to you all during this difficult time. May God be with you all. ”
19 of 89 | Posted by: Denise Bennett - Grinnell, IA

“I am so sorry my thoughts are with you all. ”
20 of 89 | Posted by: Lorraine Patten - grinnell, IA

“We were sorry to learn of John's passing...we enjoyed having his help with the food distribution as one of the boy scouts. We will miss his smile and...Read More »
21 of 89 | Posted by: Robin Young - Grinnell, IA

“I am so sorry to hear about the John, you are all in my thoughts & prayers at during this difficlut time. ”
22 of 89 | Posted by: Amy Olderbak - Fargo, ND

“Scott and Stacey: Your loss is beyond words and what I can comprehend. We have lost a true Boy Scout in the finest sense. I miss John today and I...Read More »
23 of 89 | Posted by: Roger Hill - Grinnell, IA

“Dearest Turley's, Words are only but a means of expression of feelings one has. My heart hurts for you during these times. I can't imagine the pain...Read More »
24 of 89 | Posted by: Troy Johnson - Grinnell, IA

“Scott and Family, As a Father I can only imagine your pain, grief and hope for tomorrow. May God ease your pain and any regret or sorrow. ...Read More »
25 of 89 | Posted by: Chef John gilbertson - SD

“Scott, Stacy, Molly, Matthew and Lucy, Words can not adequately express our sympathies for all of you.We have been reminiscing about John's ever...Read More »
26 of 89 | Posted by: Mitch and Julie Critz - MN

“John's bubbly personality and enthusiasm for life was a joy. What a wonderful young man and a great scout! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and...Read More »
27 of 89 | Posted by: Lisa Cirks - Grinnell, IA

“Dear Turley family We are so sorry for the loss of your son and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. ”
28 of 89 | Posted by: Leslie Mitchell and Makaella Mitchell (class of 2016) - IA

“Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family on the loss of your son. May you find comfort in the Lord. Don and Phyllis Kruger. [ Darvin's...Read More »
29 of 89 | Posted by: phyllis kruger - sibley, IA

“To the Turley family, I worked with John at the middle school and also knew him through St. Mary's Church. John was one of the happiest students I...Read More »
30 of 89 | Posted by: Wendy Kramer - Grinnell, IA

“Scott I havent and cant stop thinking about you and Stacy. My thoughts are with you and my heart is breaking right now. I pray our father in heaven...Read More »
31 of 89 | Posted by: Jennie - Trenton, GA - sistet

“I had the pleasure of having John in my 5th grade social studies class at GMS. John worked closely with Mr. Boggess that year. Between the two of...Read More »
32 of 89 | Posted by: April Cooper - former teacher

“John was my first "Turley". I remember him singing nursery rhymes and always smiling. At his home visit, he was excited to show us his room and all...Read More »
33 of 89 | Posted by: Andrea Zhorne - Malcom, IA

“i can not image what you are going through! no words will work here! be strong scott, you have others depending on you. ”
34 of 89 | Posted by: ryan barthman - adel, IA

“I worked with John in 6th and 7th grades. He always had a smile and a great story to tell. John was a sweet young man. My heartfelt condolences to...Read More »
35 of 89 | Posted by: Fay Maschmann - para at the MS

“I'm so sorry for you loss and prayers and thought go to all of you. I've worked with Scott and wanted to tell you others are thinking of you and...Read More »
36 of 89 | Posted by: Linda - Grinnell, IA - Co-worker

“Dear Scott and family -- we are thinking of you at this difficult time of loss. Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you. Houston Dougharty...Read More »
37 of 89 | Posted by: WH Dougharty - Grinnell, IA

“Thinking of your family at this time. -The Olson Family ”
38 of 89 | Posted by: Kerri Olson - Grinnell, IA

“Scott, Stacy, Molly, Matthew & Lucy - I can only begin to imagine how heavy are your hearts during this most difficult time. I was driving home...Read More »
39 of 89 | Posted by: Michele Jensen - Friend

“We are so sorry for the loss of a great young man. Your family is in our hearts and prayers. ”
40 of 89 | Posted by: Nickle Family - Friends

“I'm so very sorry for the loss of your beloved child. My heart is with you. Brenda McDonald Grinnell ”
41 of 89 | Posted by: Brenda McDonald

“Scott, Stacy and the Turley Family We are truly sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful young man and will be missed by many. May your heart and...Read More »
42 of 89 | Posted by: Cheryl & Storm Seymour and Family - IA

“My heart is heavy with the news of John's passing. I am so sorry for your sorrow. You are all in our hearts and prayers! ”
43 of 89 | Posted by: Tiffaney Coleman - Burlington, NC

“I didnt know John, just his father Scott, and if John was anything like his father, John must of been a wonderful person. my heart breaks for the...Read More »
44 of 89 | Posted by: Lorie - Co-worker of Scott's

“Who loved life more than John? Happy, smiling, loving every minute. I will greatly miss John coming out, looking at guns, wanting to fish at the...Read More »
45 of 89 | Posted by: Mark Romano - Grinnell, IA

“We our so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayer's are with your family at this time. ”
46 of 89 | Posted by: Tony & Deb Staebler - Morris, MN

“There are no adequate words right now. Please know I am thinking of your family. May you find peace in the memories of your wonderful son. ”
47 of 89 | Posted by: Nancy Combs

“Stacy and family - Sorry to hear about the loss of John! Know that I am praying for you and I hope that you can find comfort in his memory and the...Read More »
48 of 89 | Posted by: Shelly Staebler - Family

“Dear Turley family, Our hearts are heavy at GMS today as we grieve the loss of John. He was an inspiration to all of us; he made us laugh often,...Read More »
49 of 89 | Posted by: Julie Bisher

“Never will I forget the phone calls from his Dad's cell phone, simply saying "Hi, this is John Turley. Is my Dad there?" Best phone call i have...Read More »
50 of 89 | Posted by: Troy and Danielle Brand - sully, IA

“Turley Family, May god wrap his arms around you and hold you tight in this time of sorrow. Thoughts and prayers to your family from ours. Laurel and...Read More »
51 of 89 | Posted by: Shelly Pollock - Belton, MO

“Our hearts are heavy hearing about your loss of your son and brother, John. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. ”
52 of 89 | Posted by: Barb Baker - family friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of sorrow. It looks like John was a special young man who touched so many of the lives...Read More »
53 of 89 | Posted by: Jennifer - Ottumwa, IA

“I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you in this time of need. Teaira Indian Hills Community College Online Instructional...Read More »
54 of 89 | Posted by: Teaira - Ottumwa, IA

“So very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayer are with you at this very difficult time. ”
55 of 89 | Posted by: Bruce & Marlene Baustian - IA

“Words can't describe how heavy our hearts our for the Turley family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Tommy enjoyed sitting and talking...Read More »
56 of 89 | Posted by: Jo Tratchel - Searsboro, IA

“Coaching John in baseball was such a wonderful memory as I will never forget the game he crushed the ball the entire park cheered for John, such...Read More »
57 of 89 | Posted by: Jeff Arment - Coach

“Dear Turley Family,I'm deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. I am so very sorry! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.Jessica...Read More »
58 of 89 | Posted by: Jessica Chickering - Ottumwa, IA

“I had the pleasure of being one of John's teachers in 5th grade. John was always excited by what he was learning. I remember that was the year he...Read More »
59 of 89 | Posted by: Jill Hollingsworth - Teacher

“So sorry for your lose, though I didn't know your son personally, I'm sure he was very inspiring young man. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mark...Read More »
60 of 89 | Posted by: Mark Fisher - Ottumwa, IA

“I always remember seeing John in the halls smiling. And on the bus in the morning always talking about the yankees or another team. Or when he would...Read More »
61 of 89 | Posted by: Ashley Mc Fadden - malcom, IA

“John was a happy young man. His smiles, laughs, and stories made others happy too. John was always excited about what he was learning in science. ...Read More »
62 of 89 | Posted by: Malissa Juni - Former Teacher

“I had John in eighth grade reading/language arts the last two periods of the day. He would come in with a smile on his face and some piece of...Read More »
63 of 89 | Posted by: Jill Hulsing - Grinnell, IA

“Many years ago I was invited to one of John's birthday at the old fire house. We got to take a ride to Casey's in one of the fire trucks. We went to...Read More »
64 of 89 | Posted by: Chase Jensen - Grinnell, IA

“John always, always, had a smile and a fun fact to share. I would see him in class or in the lunch room and wherever he was a ray of sunshine...Read More »
65 of 89 | Posted by: Tammy Strawser - Grinnell, IA

“I have delightful memories of John as a little boy in my class. He always had a smile and a sparkle in those eyes! I feel so fortunate to have known...Read More »
66 of 89 | Posted by: Sherry Baker

“Scott, Stacy, Molly, Matthew & Lucy - Our thoughts are prayers are with you at what must be a most difficult time. We feel very fortunate to have...Read More »
67 of 89 | Posted by: Addison, Michele & Chase Jensen - IA

“My thoughts and prayers are with John's family. My heart is heavy and saddened by your loss. ”
68 of 89 | Posted by: Robin Richardson

“Scott, Stacy, Molly, Matthew, and Lucy, I am deeply saddened and want to express my condolences to you. I will always remember John trying to stump...Read More »
69 of 89 | Posted by: Carrie Weber

“I will never forget all the fun times in the yard playing volleyball, football, catch with the baseball, moving mulch an d planting the garden. We...Read More »
70 of 89 | Posted by: Ramona, Brian Alex Beth Mitchell

“John was in my religion class and he was so happy and pleasant. I enjoyed having him in my class. Even though I had him in 4 th grade, he still...Read More »
71 of 89 | Posted by: Connis Dayton

“We just heard the sad news and we send our deepest sympathy, support and prayers. Wish we could make the trip to express our sympathy in person. ...Read More »
72 of 89 | Posted by: Laura and Michael Mullin - MN

“Scott, Stacy, Molly, Matthew and Lucy - Please accept our deepest sympathy. John was a sweet young man with the ability to make others smile...Read More »
73 of 89 | Posted by: Diane and Gregg Hawkins - IA

“I worked with John his seventh grade year at the middle school. He always had a smile on his face and a wonderful laugh!!! Even though I didn't see...Read More »
74 of 89 | Posted by: Dee Mixdorf

“John was in my brigade with Mrs. Juni last year. I have also know John for several years as I was a teacher in the Grinnell district for 12 years. ...Read More »
75 of 89 | Posted by: Tina Richardson - Teaacher

“Scott and Stacey Molly Matthew and Lucy I was devastated to hear this news I know there's nothing I can say to use your pain. please know my self...Read More »
76 of 89 | Posted by: jennie longwith - trenton

“John was a very special young man, and I can't fathom the hurt your heats must be feeling right now. I pray that God will give you strength to make...Read More »
77 of 89 | Posted by: Chelsey Kolpin

“I am so very sorry for your loss. It is with a heavy heart and no words to express my sympathy. I pray and send strength to you and your family at...Read More »
78 of 89 | Posted by: Julie Owens - GC

“I struggle with what to say. John was a very cool kid. I had the pleasure of spending some time with him in our Camp 911 program. I never saw a...Read More »
79 of 89 | Posted by: Kary Kinmonth - Grinnell, IA

“There aren't words to describe something like this and I'm sure there is no way to describe the hurt in your hearts and the hearts of all of John's...Read More »
80 of 89 | Posted by: Laurie Kramer - friend

“Words cant describe how sorry i am, John was an amazing guy. He always had a huge smile on his face and he was always happy. John and me werent close...Read More »
81 of 89 | Posted by: Avri Eash - Classmate

“I am thankful for the game of baseball, in which led me to meet John. The game isn't built on wins and losses but memories and relationships. My...Read More »
82 of 89 | Posted by: Damian Imhoff - Grinnell, IA

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family,I remember when you first came to Grinnell and John would come see us at G.House. What sweet little guy...Read More »
83 of 89 | Posted by: Rita Vogel - Friend

“Tom and I would like to send our sympathy to the family. Sorry to hear of your loss. ”
84 of 89 | Posted by: Margaret Wilson - Grinnell, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. We are so sorry for your loss. May God's strength see you through. God Bless. ”
85 of 89 | Posted by: Lemmon Family - Akron, OH

“I have no words....I wish I did. May God the Father grant you peace. ”
86 of 89 | Posted by: Tracy Sadler - Grinnell, IA

“I will never forget my John Twrilly When I worked at Davis he was such a little sweetie I looked forward to seeing him everyday!! He will be truly...Read More »
87 of 89 | Posted by: Mary Woody - g, IA - Friend

“scott and stacey I am so sorry for your loss please know that you r in my prayers and thoughts at this time I reember whenJohn was younger and i...Read More »
88 of 89 | Posted by: Kathy Morrison - Grinnell, IA

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of John. I didn't get to talk to him much, but I remember, at the end of everyday, watching...Read More »
89 of 89 | Posted by: David - Grinnell, IA - Friend

John T. Turley, age 15, of Grinnell, died on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at his home.

A funeral mass will be held 3:00 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grinnell with Father Nick Adam presiding. Pallbearers are Mark Romano, Mike Anderson, Tracy Sadler, Mike Beck, Jason Pollock, and Tony Leonard. A reception will be held immediately following his service at the Harris Center on the Grinnell College Campus, 1114 – 10th Avenue in Grinnell. Interment will be at Grace Lutheran Cemetery near Dawson, Minnesota on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Smith Funeral Home and his family will be present to greet friends from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be designated to the John T. Turley Memorial Fund, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Memories and condolences may be shared with his family at

John was born the son of Scott and Stacy (Jordahl) Turley on July 19, 1997, in Akron, Ohio. The family moved to Grinnell in January of 1999. He attended St. Mary's Catholic Church and he was a freshman at Grinnell High School.

John had been a member of Cub Scout Pack 347 and then Boy Scout Troop 313 since the first grade. Among other things, a Scout is loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, thrifty and brave according to the Scout Law. John succeeded almost every day meeting these ideals. He certainly did a Good Turn Daily. He was proud to be a member of the Grinnell Sure Shots Trap Shooting Club. He loved the outdoors, especially camping, hunting and fishing. John will be remembered for his constant smile and love of conversation, usually about sports, fishing and his siblings. His positive attitude and love of life were his trademarks.

John is survived by his parents, Scott and Stacy Turley of Grinnell; his siblings, Molly, Matthew and Lucy Turley of Grinnell; his paternal grandfather, Melvin "Doug" Turley of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; his maternal grandmother, Kathie Jordahl of Alexandria, Minnesota; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Doris Lillian Turley; and his maternal grandfather, Rick C. Jordahl. John's final resting place will be next to his Grandpa Rick.

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