James R. Turner, 69, of Chippewa Falls passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Sacred Heart Hospital.

James was born on April 2, 1947 to James and Ruby (Mills) Turner in Eau Claire.  James was the youngest of three children.  He was a graduate of Memorial High School Class of 1965.  After high school, he attended CVTC and became a Certified Auto Technician.  He worked at Gunderson’s Chevrolet of Osseo and Holsum Bakery before beginning the next chapter of his life as the proprietor of Jims Bar (3 Miles out of Elk Mound on Hwy 12).  There he raised a family and made friends that would last a lifetime.  He honed his pool playing skills and was a sponsor and participant of Bowling, Pool, and Softball leagues for years.  Later in life he worked as a custodian at Cray Research, Johnson Matthey, and Honeywell.  He loved the Green Bay Packers and more recently was getting into playing bingo. 

Our father was a big and kind hearted teddy bear and he always put others before himself.  He was a selfless man who always was there to lend a helping hand when needed.  We loved him very much and he is missed every day.

James is survived by his sons, Ronald (Tiffany) Turner of Elk Mound, WI and Jason (Kathy) Turner of Rice Lake, WI; sister, Rena Anderson of California; and grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Avanel Turner of Washington State. 

A memorial gathering will be held in his honor on May 13, 2017 at the Lowdown Saloon, formerly Jims Bar, at 3:00 pm. 


  1. I offer my sympathy and prayers to you Jason and Ronald. Your Dad had a great smile, good friend, but his pride and joy were his ‘boys.’ I have many good memories while you two were growing up.

  2. Ronnie & Jason and families,
    I was saddened to read of Jim’s passing. I have many fond memories of his visits to my café and dice games. I also hold fond memories of you two young men.
    You have my sincere sympathy through this difficult time.
    Char Ovren

  3. I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. I hope your memorial for Jim is filled with more joy than sadness.

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