Jim Turner

Class of 2007


Jim Turner was born in St. Louis, Missouri, he attend Lamphier High School in Springfield, IL and graduated in 1961.

Jim attended Eastern Illinois University and wrestled for Hall of Fame coach Hop Pinther.

An IHSA wrestling official for 26 years, Jim officiated in four other sports and has a combined service of over 100 years of officiating. In addition to wrestling, he officiate football, softball, and baseball. He has worked nine IHSA state wrestling championships and number IKWF and IESA state finals.

Jim has received the Meritorious Service Award from the Scottish Rite Masonry and the Shrine Crippled Children’s Hospital Emeritus Service Award.

Jim retired after thirty-five years serving as a school teacher, coach, and medical social worker.

A member of the IWCOA Board of Directors, Jim is also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and the Shriners. Jim also serves as a Gideon Bible speaker.

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