Truman L. Sturdevant
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September 20, 1934 ˜ March 9,

Truman L. Sturdevant, beloved son, husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at the age of 86. Truman was a loving, supportive, and caring man with an incredible work ethic, always the provider. He loved being with his family, had passion for the outdoors, bird hunting with his German Shorthaired Pointers, working in his yard, sports and traveling.
Truman was born in Presho, SD, on Sept. 20, 1934, to Dorothy and Marion Sturdevant. At the age of eight they moved to Libertyville, IL, where he often helped in his parents’ dry cleaning business. Truman also joined the Boys’ Boxing Club and spent summers on his grandparents’ farm in Draper, SD, often sharing memories of his horse and the round barn his grandfather built.
Truman obtained his high school diploma from Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, WI, in 1952. Over the years, he shared what a wonderful opportunity it was and how grateful he felt for the experience. Truman also played football at Wayland Academy, a sport he loved for many years. In 1956, Truman graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he won the 1956 NCAA Collegiate Heavyweight Boxing Championship.
Truman served in the US Army Transportation Corps, as a Second Lieutenant, before spending most of his career in the paper manufacturing industry, retiring as President of Smurfit Newsprint Corporation in 1998.
Truman was happily married to Marilynn (Koch) Sturdevant for 56 years until her passing in September, 2012. Together they had three children, Cindy Turry (Tom), Laurie Schiele, and Tom Sturdevant (Candace). He also leaves behind six beautiful grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Angela Garcia (Chris), Rachel Stenach (Mike), Ryan Turry (Danielle), Nick Sturdevant, Kate Sturdevant, Travis Schiele, Zelda and Rita Turry, and Sloan Garcia.
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 28, 2021.
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April 11, 2021
Grandpa -

You have been there for me through it all. I want to thank you for your constant love and support, and for being such a prominent father figure in my life. You have taught me some of life’s greatest lessons, and have impacted me beyond belief. While you are deeply missed, I am very grateful for our time spent together throughout the years - all the gator rides, sporting events, and countless other memories we’ve shared. Thank you for being that constant support/role model for me growing up. I am so blessed to be your grandson. You will forever have a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to reunite with you again one day.

I love you and miss you gramps.

Travis Schiele
April 4, 2021
Dad - you were always there for me - supportive, loving, consistent; someone I could count on, completely trust. A man of integrity, honesty. Wonderful provider, protector, family man - father and grandfather. I was blessed to be your daughter. I love you and miss you, and will carry you in my heart forever.
Laurie Schiele
April 2, 2021
Thank you, Dad, for being a wonderful, caring father to me and a loving, involved grandfather to my children. You accepted my husband as one of your own, which he appreciated. You shared countless special times with your children and grandchildren, which are now held in our hearts as cherished memories. You lived your life in a way that modeled what it meant to be a human of true character, showing dedication to and supporting others before yourself. You were a man of dignity, who lived your life humbly and honestly, exhibiting a work ethic that inspired me to give my best effort in all endeavors. We are so fortunate to have known your love all these years. You are greatly missed and will be thought about each day of our lives. Thank you for all the beautiful memories, Dad. I love you very much.
Cindy Turry
March 30, 2021
Truman was an outstanding gentleman and a dear brother in Christ. While I lived at TOUCHMARK I enjoyed breaking bread with him. He always commented on how much my presence meant to him.
Rev. David C. Schroeder
March 28, 2021
Gerry and I are saddened to hear of Truman’s death. We wish we had known that he and Marilyn lived in Ridgefield as we have for more than twenty years. Gerry remembers Truman from Int’l Falls as a “good guy”. I remember his wonderful booming voice. We always enjoyed our time with he and Marilyn. He will be missed.
Pat Brandt
March 28, 2021
One of the things I remember is how he and Marilyn welcomed me into the family after my marriage to little brother Bruce.
The sibling reunions were some of the best times we shared along with visits to Arizona.
Tru was always a good conversationalist and listener. He and Marilyn were a joy to spend time with. Leslie
Leslie Koch
March 28, 2021
Dad, while you will be missed every day for the rest of my life, it makes me smile to know you are reunited with Mom in heaven. You've been a strong, committed, attentive, and loving Father, and you served as my role model. As I told you countless times, you are my hero. I love you. Tom
Tom Sturdevant
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