Family and friends remember man who died in house fire

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ELLIOTT, Ill. (WCIA) — Family and friends are remembering the life of a man who died in a house fire.

It happened in Elliott, at the corner of Maple Street and Railroad Avenue.

Jeremy Turner was found dead inside when first responders got there. He might have had trouble getting out of the home

I spoke with neighbors and turner’s family today. They tell me he had MS and Huntington’s disease, and spent some of his time in a wheelchair.

Despite those obstacles, they say he just lived life the best he could.

“He had a hard time walking and things like that, and he’d use a wheelchair sometimes, but he never let anything get in his way, he was always determined to do things himself,” Shawn Kirkpatrick said.

There are plenty of stories about Jeremy Turner, who’s smile left a lasting mark on family and friends.

“He was just really giving, always laughing, having jokes to tell,” Kirkpatrick said.

Shawn Kirkpatrick is Turner’s cousin. He says turner was very family-oriented — especially when it came to his son and wife.

“He just loved his family, he loved his son Tyler and he loved his wife,” Kirkpatrick said.

Turner and his family were frequent visitors of the AMVETs post in town, and to make life in town a little easier for him, post managers made the door a little wider for his wheelchair. 

Many around Elliott knew Jeremy Turner. Milton Pearson met him about 15 years ago when he worked at a lumberyard in Gibson.

“Jeremy’s always been a very good kid, was always smiling had a good personality,” Pearson said.

Now, those that knew him are trying to keep his memory alive.

“Everybody’s been really devastated, he knew a lot of people and he was just a wonderful person. He’s just died way too young before his time, he had a lot of life left to live,” Kirkpatrick said.

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