Our Team- Jake Penwell, Bob and Catherine Turner
Jake Penwell, Owner/Funeral Director
On September 1, 2018 I became the proud owner of the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, a dream I have had for many years. I have wanted to be a funeral director since I was a little boy. In 2003 when I was in 8th grade, I shadowed Bob Turner as a part of the Shelby Rotary Club Shadowing Day and was convinced my dream to be funeral director and embalmer was the path I was going to take. I started working for the Turners later that year and we have forever been a working team.
After graduating from Shelby Senior High School in 2008, where I was president of my class, I furthered my education at Xavier University where I got a degree in business. I’m still a huge Xavier fan and spend a lot of time rooting for the Musketeers in basketball and, of course, the Shelby Whippets in all sports. After Xavier, I began my studies at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where I received my Bachelor’s degree in 2011. I was president of my class at CCMS and was the recipient of the Charles O. Dhonau Memorial Embalming Award which was given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the combined theory and practice of embalming, an award I truly attribute to the many people, especially Bob, whom I have learned from over the years.
I have many friends from Shelby, Xavier, and CCMS that I like going to visit and spend time with. I’ve always enjoyed being very active and continue to do that by being a member of Shelby Rotary Club where I am a past-president and continue to sit on the Board of Directors, a trustee of the Community Improvement Corporation of Shelby where I am the treasurer and a leader with the Path Forward Committee spearheading Economic Development in Shelby and Richland County, and am active in many other groups and events around town. My faith is very important to me and I am a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church where I am a Eucharistic minister, a co-chair of Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, and a member of Parish Finance Council. My parents, Jon and Marty (Imhoff) Penwell, also live in Shelby, as do my brother and sister-in-law, Colton and Maddie (Beer) Penwell. It’s nice to have them close, as I spend a lot of time with friends and family. I’m a huge promoter of the City of Shelby as it’s a great place to live and be an active part of the community. See you around town!
Catherine John Turner, Funeral Director
I can honestly say that I never thought in a million years that I would be a funeral director. I had goals of owning my own business; Of course, I thought it would be a cute shop of some sort. After graduating in 1975 from Shelby Sr. High School, I attended The Ohio State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics/Fashion Merchandising. I moved to Pittsburgh, PA to be a buyer for Kaufmann’s Department Store in Pittsburgh until Bob and I were married. After several years at Bob’s first job, we pursued his dreams of owning a funeral home. We were able to find a funeral home to purchase and it happened to be in my hometown – Shelby. So, in 1984, my dream of owning my own business came true…it was just a funeral home instead. I started working toward getting my funeral director’s license at that time and my license was granted in 1987. Since acquiring the funeral home, we have lived in the apartment upstairs and raised our two sons and a daughter there. It’s been very rewarding sharing our years of expertise with thousands of grieving families in Shelby and the surrounding communities with kindness and compassion.
I have been active in our community over the years as a member of Young Reflections Mothers Club, Shelby City Schools/Pioneer CTC Family and Consumer Science Advisory Board, Shelby Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, The Friends of the Library, Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church and the Board of Directors for The Shelby Community Foundation. When our children were in school, I was a volunteer for St. Mary School and Shelby Whippet Marching Band. I’m a proud breast cancer survivor since 2006. I also enjoy reading, watching Shelby High School sports, college sports and spending time with our two grandchildren.
Bob Turner, Funeral Director
I have wanted to be a funeral director since second grade. I attribute this to going to school next door to the town funeral home for 12 years. While other kids were playing in the playground, I was watching the activities at the funeral home. I was born in Bellaire, Ohio and raised in Shadyside, Ohio, blocks from the Ohio River. After graduating from St. John Central Catholic High School in 1973, I received an associate’s degree from Ohio University and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1976.
I was able to realize my lifelong dream of owning my own funeral home when I purchased the Dye-Hall Funeral Home in Shelby in 1984. At that time, I changed the name to Turner Funeral Home to reflect the new ownership. I have been actively involved in many organizations during my time in Shelby, and was a long time member of the Shelby Rotary Club, a past board member of MedCentral Health System, and am a current member of the OhioHealth Governance Council for Mansfield and Shelby Hospitals where I am the chair of the Community Relations Committee.
I have been married to my wife, Catherine (John) Turner since 1981 and we have two sons and a daughter as well as 2 grandchildren. I am extremely grateful and humbled for the confidence and trust placed in me and my staff by the thousands of friends and neighbors in our area that have called upon us to help them during their time of loss.