TRUMAN L. STURDEVANT
September 20, 1934 ˜ March 9, 2021
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.
The family requests any donations, in honor of Truman, be sent to The National Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org
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