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In Loving Memory of Reginald Turner – Service held on 3/19/22


Visitation at the Heritage – Suminski / Weiss Funeral Home, 1901 N. Farwell Ave. Milwaukee on Sat. March 19, 2022 from 10:00 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 12:00 Noon.

Reggie will be laid to rest at Graceland Cemetery, 6401 N. 43rd Street (N. 43rd Street at W. Mill Road) at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 21st – PLEASE MEET AT THE CEMETERY.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are greatly appreciated.

On July 15, 1966 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Earlean Turner and Alton Taet welcomed their first son – naming him Reginald Bernard Turner.  Her relationship did not work out and she did marry for a short time – these relationships brought Reggie two younger brothers, Gregory and Hans Jr.

Reggie and his brothers grew up in Milwaukee – attending Cass Street School and Riverside University High School.  Even as a single mother, Earlean found time to volunteer at Cass Street School – providing the boys with a valuable life-lesson:  “Family First.”

As a kid, Reggie was always on the go and spent much of his free time playing sports.  Reggie was a talented artist – creating many drawings and paintings throughout the years

Reggie’s mother never drove and so growing up, they had to take the bus everywhere – which is possibly how Reggie developed his love for cars.  As soon as he was able, he bought a car. He could often be found working on his car – that is when he wasn’t out with one of the many girlfriends he had as a teenager and young adult.

Reggie took some college courses before attending truck driving courses.  Upon getting his trucking license, he began working at USF Holland – where he continued to work until his passing.  Reggie forged many friendships through his many loyal years of service there.

His “ladies-man” era ended when he met Diane Simmons – they married in 1997 – honeymooning in Hawaii.  Growing up, Reggie learned an important lesson from his mother – your family should always come first, and family doesn’t necessarily mean related by blood. Diane brought two children, Anthony and Angela, into the marriage.

Reggie, remembering what he learned from his mother, embraced his new role of not only husband, but father and role model as well.  While the marriage ended in 2007, Reggie’s relationship with Diane remained amicable and he continued his role as “father” to Anthony and Angela – eventually being blessed with three grandchildren:  Iyana, Akyra and Kaleb.

Reggie enjoyed travelling whether it was honeymooning in Hawaii or going on a cruise with Diane or simply getting out on his motorcycle and seeing where the road would lead him.

Reggie was devoted to his mother and could often be found helping her – he especially enjoyed picking her up in one of his sports cars and taking her on her errands or to a family reunion.

In his spare time, Reggie enjoyed motorcycling, playing fantasy football and watching sports – he supported all the Wisconsin teams and was also a NASCAR fan.  His true passion was sports cars, with his blue Shelby Mustang being his pride and joy.

Reggie was fun and outgoing; he had a personality that could light up a room just with his presence.  Reggie was also a man of faith and led by example.  He was a kind and caring man – always ready to lend a hand.  His devotion to his family and friends was singular – and his loyalty to those he cared about was remarkable.

Reggie joined his beloved mother, Earlean Hennicke in Heaven on February 27, 2022 when he passed away unexpectedly – he was only 55 years old.  He leaves a void in the lives of his children Anthony and Angela and grandchildren:  Iyana, Akyra and Kaleb. His brothers Gregory Turner and Hans Hennicke, Jr. will be eternally grateful for their big brother – his example and support throughout their lives will never be forgotten.   He will be fondly remembered by his niece and nephew, Jasmine and Javon.  He will also be greatly missed by his extended family – Mark, Martina, and Jason, his former wife Diane Turner, his Holland Trucking “family” as well as countless other relatives and good friends.


  1. Ant March 9, 2022 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Rest in heaven pops I still can’t believe it you meant so much to me. You are truly missed I remember everything you taught me and the motivation you gave me to chase my dreams. I appreciate all the talks and you being there for me no matter what. Thank you for being the best father and grandfather a son could ever have. Love Mr. Turner until we meet again 💔

    • Charles Seymour March 12, 2022 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      I was shocked to hear about Reggie him and I worked the dock together at Holland for the 8 years I was there we would spend hours talking after I retired. I will miss my friend. Rest in peace with the Lord until we meet again

  2. Roz Britton March 9, 2022 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts, prayers, and love go out to the family of Reggie Turner. May God bless and keep you all.

  3. Tracey Watford March 9, 2022 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Brother Reggie you were one of the kindest people I met when I first came to Brentwood. I appreciate all the positive energy and words of wisdom you shared with me. This world has truly lost someone who tried to make it a better place.

  4. Johnny M Chesnut Jr March 9, 2022 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Will miss you very much Reggie. Blessings to all your family and friends.

  5. Jewel Abbott March 9, 2022 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Mr. Reggie. I am so sad. I am relying heavily on the Lord to comfort me. Man I miss you so much. I do recall you and I driving in my 1983 Chevy Impala in the winter of 94’ when we were side swiped by a massive 18 wheel Semi. No injuries or damage. Just memories. I am praying hard for comfort for your family. I do look forward to seeing you in heaven.

  6. Doris Price March 10, 2022 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Man I still can’t believe it but I guess God wanted to have you more. I was looking forward to your riding down on the bike so we could take some
    Of these Tennessee hills. May you find rest.

    • Lena March 10, 2022 at 9:41 am - Reply

      He took the hills, kept riding and hasn’t looked back since. Painful!!!

  7. Lena March 10, 2022 at 8:48 am - Reply


    Your last ride wasn’t this one but right now, I am totally at a lost and I have no words. Those lazy weekends are gone forever, those created memories are all I have now and God had a much better plan for you than I can say. Will miss you tremendously and live with broken heart!!!

  8. Asheley Hepburn March 10, 2022 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Reggie was a true Brother and friend. He was one my closest friends when I lived in Milwaukee. As I was introduced to the Church of Christ and was later baptized into the Church we bonded as Brothers in Christ. We studied the bible together and encouraged one another. We lost contact with each other over the years as I moved Florida. Reggie you will be missed may you rest in peace. I am praying for your family.

  9. Beverly Gilbert March 10, 2022 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Reggie I remember you as always being friendly and easy to talk to. My prayers to your family and loved ones.
    We missed you at Brentwood. Rest in peace.

  10. Lena March 10, 2022 at 11:08 am - Reply

    For you Greg, Reggie was and will continue to be your guardian Angel. He watched over you then and will continue now. I would be remissed not to leave words of peace for you considering your journey over the last year. Reggie spent his time taking great care of both your Mom with all of his love. He saw her through along with you, she waited patiently and now is holding his hands again to take care of him….forever. Your job is almost done so be at peace and I know you know the love of your Mother and brother will carry you through. My prayers of peace for you.

  11. Cynthia March 10, 2022 at 11:23 am - Reply

    My Brother, My Friend: This last week and a half has been a rollercoaster of happy memories and unbelievable sadness. You came into my life when I was a teenager. You taught me how to drive and let me borrow your car. You showed me who the good guys were and how they should treat me. You were there when I found the one and you celebrated with us like the family that you are. You will forever be loved and remembered. Until we see you in heaven.

  12. Jose Hernandez March 10, 2022 at 2:10 pm - Reply


    Rest in peace brother

  13. Mildria Sanders March 10, 2022 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    My prayers are with you and your you rest in peace

  14. Henry Redd March 11, 2022 at 2:42 am - Reply

    Regg I’m honored and blessed to have met you as a young man. You were the first and only person to tell me “I don’t BBQ I GRILL!” Until we meet again GOD BLESS

  15. Tommy March 11, 2022 at 6:47 am - Reply

    From the first day I met you almost 3 years ago You always been 💯.I am going to miss our talks.What you used tell me Tommy you out of the family our inside joke lol.Thanks for being a good friend. Reggie aka Pushes

  16. Jeffrey bukowski March 11, 2022 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Reggie you will be missed brother. It was a pleasure to have been your friend for 25 years and always good laughs . God speed

  17. Eloise Newsome and family March 11, 2022 at 9:03 am - Reply

    My sincere prayers and condolence goes out to the family of Reggie for peace, comfort and endurance during your time of sorry. Reggie was such a loving person to know. He will be missed!

  18. Melanie Roberts March 11, 2022 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Reggie I got the text from Greg and the moment I saw your picture I felt a sharp pain i feel heart ❤️ broken. I immediately called Greg and we spoke for 2 hours and today I am still in shock. I just can’t believe your gone Not my Reggie😢. I thought you would be here forever. You were my first true love,❤️ and my forever friend. I still remember when I went away to college and graduated but didn’t want to return to Milwaukee which ended our relationship. How I regretted that decision 😞But through the years we still kept in touch but never were single at the same time but always wishing each other the best, but promising if we are both single at the same time we will rekindle our once childhood love 💕. Unfortunately now that’s never going to happen 😢 I am so sad and in denial right now that your gone. I wish that this was a bad dream and you will wake me up with a call or message telling me that this isn’t real😢. I am going to have to pray that god will help me accept this and just believe that your once again in the loving arms of your Mom. I am praying for your brothers and family. I apologize for the long comment but I’m going to miss him so much. There is not enough words to explain how much. He truly showed me love 💕.

  19. Sharon March 12, 2022 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    My condolences to the Turner family. Reggie will definitely be missed. He was definitely one of a kind. He had an outstanding personality, a smile that brighten any room, a huge heart for people. Rest in Peace my Friend. I’m definitely going to miss the talks and your sense of humor.

  20. Tjuna Eggson aka “twistedT” March 17, 2022 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    A Special Life Shoutout to my dear friend and confidant, Reggie B Turner…you will be truly missed in this life amongst your true friends who Adored you, your kindness, laughter and the Joy you brought me! The talks we had will be missed and the dreams you had laid out for retirement, I will cherish for as long as I can & maybe even try some of those things! You can’t hear me or respond but I will keep you & your Spirit deep in my thoughts, Rest Peacefully my Goid Friend❤️❤️‼️

  21. Karena March 19, 2022 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I only knew you a short time but you were always kind. Thanks for being such shining light on earth. Rest in Paradise~

  22. SeDale Washington March 19, 2022 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I just want to say thank you Reggie. As a young kid, I not only took a liken to you but I viewed you as positive male role model that I would try to imitate and make proud. You didn’t have a biological relationship with me or my sister but you always checked on us like we were your own. I’ll cherish those moments and will use the things you taught me to be a man that you will be proud of.

    I thank you and I love you Uncle Reggie !!!

    Until we meet again

  23. PR August 25, 2022 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Miss you 😔

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